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 MC, focusing on various environmental and climate change related topics, and enjoys bringing his passion for science and the environment to the fore at functions.

Not only has Simon worked on a wide range of private and government projects in South Africa, he is also an accomplished writer. You can read his monthly columns in Runner’s World SA and in Khuluma, the in-flight magazine. His first book, “Going Green”, contains simple environmental advice for day-to-day living.

Heidi also has a career very much entrenched in Responsible Tourism. Her aim has always been to “create better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.” She is the founder of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism SA and owner of EDGE Tourism Solutions, based in South Africa.

Heidi helped shape South Africa’s vision as a responsible tourism destination. She developed a National Strategy for Responsible Tourism for the Department of Tourism, played a key role in the development of Responsible Tourism Guidelines, and contributed to the development of Cape Town’s Responsible Tourism Policy and Action Plan, and the national Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism. She also sits on the WTM Responsible Tourism Advisory Panel and is a board member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

We are very pleased to have both these passionate individuals on board.