City of Cape Town
The City of Cape Town has established a good foundation upon which Responsible Tourism can thrive. The City has formally supported the principles of Responsible Tourism (RT) since the 2002 Cape Town Declaration and worked with stakeholders to develop a policy and action plan and identify Cape Town’s Responsible Tourism priorities.
However, Cape Town cannot truly be a responsible tourism destination unless there is widespread adoption within the local industry. How destinations can achieve this was one of the topics explored during the Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD11) conference hosted by the City of Cape Town in 2015. Consequently, the City conceptualised the Cape Town Responsible Tourism Challenge as both a legacy of the conference and to encourage change among tourism businesses.
EDGE Tourism Solutions
A team from EDGE Tourism Solutions will be responsible for implementing the challenge, including evaluating each business, helping the business create an action plan and put it into practice, offering technical support as well as monitoring the results and reporting on them. Team members have extensive experience in responsible tourism, including working with government and businesses in Africa to implement the objectives of Responsible Tourism as described in the Cape Town Declaration.
Ecolution are leaders in sustainability and green building design and consulting, and list Hotel Verde and the Vineyard Hotel, two of South Africa’s responsible tourism stars, among their clients.
In addition to guiding the businesses on how to manage waste and water better, Ecolution will provide their energy modelling skills to the Cape Town Responsible Tourism Challenge, and guide the participating businesses on how to best optimise their electrical services and systems to reduce energy use. They will also be responsible for installing new technologies that will allow the businesses to better monitor and control electricity use.