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 […]

Monthly themes during 2016/17

Each month during 2016 and until March 2017, we will be focusing on a specific theme in our blog posts and in social media. Industry and association partners are welcome to submit any material relevant to the theme to us for inclusion. This material could be news of your upcoming events, initiatives, successes and achievements in RT. The material could either be sent as a press release or in any other format, including images and video links. The themes are: Jul 2016: Building communitiesAug 2016: Reducing and managing wasteSep 2016: Accessibility in tourismOct 2016: Using energy efficientlyNov 2016: Cape Town’s commitment to […]

City affords local tourism entrepreneurs an opportunity to take a spot on the global stage

Ten local tourism entrepreneurs were able to market their products and services at the City of Cape Town’s stand during the World Travel Market (WTM) Africa, giving them the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the world’s top travel and tourism industry buyers. The WTM Africa is a part of Africa Travel Week which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 13 – 17 April 2015. The 10 entrepreneurs were chosen according to set criteria and were able to engage with international buyers and trade visitors at the City of Cape Town stand in the exhibition area. […]

African Responsible Tourism Awards

 Gansbaai took the Gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 A community of tourism businesses working together to make better places to live in and great places to visit was announced Overall Winners this afternoon at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 in Cape Town, sponsored by Wesgro. In a special ceremony at World Travel Market Africa, Gansbaai took the coveted position of Overall Winner from of a selection of 22 finalists gathered from around Africa. “It is exciting to bring the Word Responsible Tourism Awards family of the Awards to Cape Town & Africa” says Harold Goodwin, Chair […]

11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations – 14 & 15 April 2015

Cape Town will proudly host the 11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD 11) on 14 and 15 April 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. RTD 11 presents an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in Cape Town, South Africa and worldwide, to document good practices applied by different producer groups and to set the agenda for change for the next 10 years. Conference discussions will focus on practical solutions that create prosperous and sustainable urban destinations, the responsibility of tourism producer groups and the partnerships that are needed to make it work. In […]

Moving from Inspiration to Implementation at RT week seminar 2015

At the recent Responsible Travel Week Seminar held in Cape Town a high-powered panel of speakers made the case that business practices in responsible tourism has a social and direct impact on our environment. Businesses were initially spurred on by the fact that being responsible to the environment was not only the right thing to do but also made business sense as it raised profit margins. The seminar aimed to engage the South African tourism industry, key stakeholders and interested individuals in a stimulating dialogue about practical responsible tourism practices.  MC Iain Harris described Cape Town as being in the […]

Introducing our MC and Conference facilitator

The City of Cape Town is excited to have Simon Gear MC’ing at the Responsible Tourism in Cities Gala Event and Conference. The Moderator and Facilitator of both the Gala event and Conference will be Heidi van der Watt from the International Centre for Responsible Tourism SA. Simon is the environmental and science correspondent for Primedia Broadcasting. You might also recognise him as a former-presenter from 50/50 on SABC 2. From 1999 to 2011, he was a senior broadcasting meteorologist with the SABC and is currently an air quality and climate change specialist. Simon works as a professional speaker and […]

Speaking with one voice at the Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference and Gala

As you know by now, the City of Cape Town is hosting a Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference and Gala Event from 27-28 November 2014 to engage the South African tourism industry and other key stakeholders in a stimulating dialogue about moving Responsible Tourism practices into the mainstream. On Thursday the 27th, the City of Cape Town will be holding the Gala Event, hosted by the Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism Events and Economic Development, Cllr Gareth Bloor at the One & Only Hotel, and the Conference will take place the following day, at the same venue. Two exciting guest […]

Be responsible and make a difference in the world!

The following communication was issued by Table Mountain Aerial Cableway in support of Earth Hour. Dear friends of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, We would like to invite you to take part in an exciting campaign that allows you to showcase your environmental commitments ahead of the symbolic switch-off for Earth Hour at 8.30pm this Saturday, 29 March, and will take just a few minutes of your time.