Be responsible and make a difference in the world!

  The last workshop hosted by the City of Cape Town for the week was held at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on Friday, 14 February 2014, for tourism students. Students from the Cape Town and Wellington campus attended the two hour buzz session. Chris Godenir, GM of The Peninsula Hotel was the guest speaker and enlightened the audience about the environmental practices and social responsibility initiatives at the Hotel. He also spoke about how the public keeps the economy growing and evolving. In 2002, responsible tourism was just an incubator thought. In 2013 with the Soccer World Cup, […]

The importance of collaborating – Responsible Tourism Week Seminar at The Two Oceans Aquarium

The importance of collaborating – Responsible Tourism Week Seminar at The Two Oceans AquariumOn 13 February, the City of Cape Town in partnership with the Big6 of Cape Town (V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company, Groot Constantia, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Point Partnership & Robben Island) hosted a Responsible Tourism Week seminar at The Think Tank Auditorium at the Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront. From 3pm to 5pm, the audience was held captive by speakers from the City of Cape Town, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company, the Vineyard Hotel, Two Oceans Aquarium, IDC Consultants, the International Centre for Responsible […]

The Backpack – staying ahead of the pack in the heart of the City

It’s Responsible Tourism Week and joining the City of Cape Town’s drive to create a better place for locals to live in and travellers to visit is South Africa’s original backpacker and travel agency, The Backpack. Toni Shina, Director at The Backpack, visited students from False Bay College in Muizenberg this week to discuss and share her passion for sustainable tourism. For the traveller, The Backpack is not just a hostel. Toni’s enthusiasm for community-based projects and giving back to the less fortunate has resulted in her focusing businesses resources on social development and upliftment but in an environmentally-conscious way. […]


The Vineyard Hotel continues to lead the charge as a pioneer in sustainable tourism with the recent installation of 80 new 250 watt solar panels on the hotel’s pool deck and fitness centre roofs. Since the installation in mid-January, the hotel has generated some 2,600kWh of the 40,000 kilowatt hours this installation is expected to deliver over the next 12 months. The panel installation, part of a pilot project commissioned by the hotel and supplied by solar energy company, M-solar, is a key addition to the hotel’s award winning ‘Living Green’, Renewable Energy, Sustainability and Waste Management projects. The projects […]

Keeping your carbon footprint in check with The Green Cab

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) played host to The Green Cab, Cape Town’s only carbon-neutral transport service. Managing Director, Amiene van der Merwe, was the guest speaker at the lecture and workshop arranged by the City of Cape Town. The aim was to create awareness around responsible tourism during Responsible Tourism Week. The City of Cape Town is dedicated to finding sustainable and eco-conscious solutions to the impact that tourism and local businesses have on the environment. One such service provider that is really making a difference is The Green Cab. With growing congestion and pollution challenges, this […]

Cape Town hosted the opening event for Responsible Tourism Week 2014 at Edith Stephens Wetlands Park

Today marks the first day of Responsible Tourism Week, a global initiative that focuses on the importance of managing tourism businesses in a way that benefits communities and considers environmental integrity. The City of Cape Town has once again pledged their support, and launched their opening event at Edith Stephens Wetlands Park in Phillipi. For this event, they partnered with the Wetlands, Joseph Petro Foundation and Self Help Manenberg. The event saw youth and community members from the Cape Flats come together for a workshop, with the purpose of helping create awareness about the impact each of us have on […]

City of Cape Town Participates in Responsible Tourism Week 2014 #rtweek14 #respCPT

The global initiative, Responsible Tourism Week, will take place from 10 to 16 February 2014. This week-long initiative is dedicated to creating better places for people to live in, and for travellers to visit. During this time, the community is encouraged to explore and brainstorm the practical application of sustainable tourism and to make use of local resources. Ultimately, the aim is to create tourism that benefits enterprise, individuals and the environment. As usual, the City of Cape Town will again be participating in this initiative by hosting a number of workshops throughout the week, involving the community and various […]