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September 7, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
The City of Cape Town is celebrating Tourism Month in September as part of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) declaration. In recognition of the role tourism is playing in transforming the lives of many across the world each tourism month is celebrated with a theme.
The 2017 UNWTO World Tourism Month theme is “Sustainable Tourism – a tool for development”. Cape Town is a leading African destination and continues to draw visitors from domestic and international markets. Many of these visitors coming to Cape Town are very sensitive of their global carbon footprint and natural resource consumption patterns. However there still remains to be a notable growth in the consumption of natural resources i.e. water and energy. This is leading to the depleting of these finite resources.
The City of Cape Town is currently faced with high water shortage. Dams are running far below capacity even during the current 2017 rainy season. Tourism is perceived as a high natural resource consumer. The City hopes to make the industry cognisant of this unfortunate practice.
The Area Based Service Delivery Directorate and Water Department have partnered to commemorate World Tourism Month by focusing on the scarcity of water.
In view of the above the ABSD Directorate is hosting a breakfast to communicate the impact of sustainable tourism practice. The intention is to get the tourism industry to drastically reduce water consumption.
The Tourism Month Breakfast will be attended by various tourism industry partners, stakeholders and businesses.
The objective breakfast of the breakfast is to:
- Remind tourism industry and businesses on the importance of sustainable tourism
- Create platform for City to communicate water saving practices as part of sustainable tourism
- Improve relations between Area Based Service Delivery Directorate management with tourism industry players