City of Cape Town to host ‘indaba’ on Sustainable Tourism and Energy

The City of Cape Town will again host its popular Tourism Cities @ Indaba Seminar in Durban on 12 May 2013, coinciding with Indaba 2013. Nombulelo Mkefa, Director of Tourism, says “The Tourism Cities @ Indaba Seminar is a forum for South African and international tourism practitioners to interact and share information, experiences and best practices on responsible tourism in urban areas. It is also a showcase of Cape Town, South Africa and Africa as leaders in Responsible Tourism.

The theme this year is “Sustainable Energy & Tourism

”. Fitting then that Deidre Shurland, coordinator of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, will deliver the keynote address. The programme offers a smorgasbord of other well-known international and South African speakers, including:

  • Bekithemba Langalibale (National Department of Tourism)
  • Nombulelo Mkefa (City of Cape Town)
  • Eddy Khosa (FEDHASA)
  • Simbarashe Mandinyena (RETOSA)
  • Elsia Grandcourt (Seychelles Tourism Board)
  • Adamah Bah (The Gambia)
  • Colin Devenish (V&A Waterfront)

The seminar has three main themes, the legislative and policy imperatives for Sustainable Tourism, the impact of Sustainable Energy and Tourism on the African tourism landscape, and monitoring and evaluating responsible/sustainable tourism practices.

The seminar will be moderated by Ms Heidi van der Watt, founder of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism – South Africa and elected board member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Contact Sisa Ngondo (e-mail: Sisa.Ngondo@capetown.gov.za, tel: 021 – 4174069) for more information.

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