Cape Town’s seven responsible tourism priorities

In 2008, after extensive multi-year consultations, seven responsible tourism priority areas were identified as a starting point for Cape Town. These are grouped under the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental and social principles. 

Cape Town Responsible Tourism

Economic principles

Buying responsibly:

  • Procure products and services that have a reduced negative effect and enhanced positive impact on human well-being and the natural, social, cultural, and local economic environment when compared to other products and services that serve the same purpose.
  • Aim to source a targeted proportion of goods and services from locally-owned, historically disadvantaged groups and/or individuals.

Supporting enterprise development:

  • Encourage and facilitate a culture of developing other businesses through mentoring, coaching, and incubation.

Environmental principles

Conserving water:

  • Measure water consumption, adopt quantitative goals and measures to decrease overall consumption, and improve the reuse of wastewater.

Using energy efficiently

  • Measure energy consumption, indicating all energy sources as a percentage of overall consumption, and adopt quantitative goals and measures to decrease overall consumption.

Reducing & managing waste:

  • Implement a waste management plan, addressing both solid and liquid waste, with quantitative goals to reduce, re-use, and recycle waste.

Social principles

Developing skills:

  • Advance the skills of employees and offer on-the-job skills training, capacity building, and mentoring.

Building communities:

Support initiatives for social and community development through discussions with community members and a plan of action.