Water restrictions escalate as water crisis continues

The City of Cape Town has released a critical warning to all water users in Cape Town to cut all non-essential use of water immediately. This means that water should be used only for drinking, washing and cooking.  As water consumption continues to exceed the City’s target and current dam levels are dangerously low, the City is also exploring tightening water restrictions which are already on Level 3b. The word from the City is that “Rain or shine, we are now at a point where everyone must use below 100 litres per day.” Ways to reduce water consumption This is not a drill. […]

Entering the 2017 World Responsible Tourism Awards

To celebrate 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the organisers of the WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards are taking a detour from the usual format of the awards and focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) instead. All five categories in the 2017 awards are linked to the SDGs. Another change is what categories organisations can enter in. The first four categories are open only to those who have won gold or silver in the last three years in the global, African, Indian or Irish Responsible Tourism Awards. The fifth category is for organisations new […]

Responsible tourism at WTM Africa 2017

For the fourth consecutive year, the City of Cape Town hosted and sponsored WTM Africa – one of Africa’s leading business-to-business exhibitions for Africa’s leisure travel industry. The exhibition was officially opened by the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson, on 19 April. Once again, the trade show had a strong responsible tourism programme that included presentations, panel discussions and a dedicated activation space where businesses operating responsibly could present their work. Topics in the programme included the relationship between tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals, how Africa can leverage its rich cultural heritage to attract tourists and importantly […]