Western Cape Tour operators shortlisted for the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards

Abang Africa  Travel, Marine Dynamics Tours & Spier Wine Farm, top tour businesses within the Western Cape and all three Cape Town Tourism members, will be representing South  Africa at the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards.

Abang Africa
Abang Africa has a new cultural experience in the West Coast village of Goedverwacht

Sponsored by  Wesgro for the fourth consecutive year and organised by Better Tourism Africa,  the African Responsible Tourism Awards are part of the responsible tourism  programme at the World Travel Market (WTM) Africa. The programme includes panel  discussions on new business models in sustainable tourism, issues around wildlife and tourism and a panel on carbon, water and certification.

Drawing on  the expertise of nine carefully chosen professionals from the tourism industry  in Africa, the nine organistaions shortlisted as finalists in last week’s hotly  contested Judging Day include:

  • Abang Africa Travel (South Africa)
  • All Out Africa (Swaziland)
  • Basecamp Explorer Kenya (Kenya)
  • Marine Dynamics Tours (South Africa)
  • Nande Junias Explorer Cultural Tours (Namibia)
  • North Island (Seychelles)
  • Peak East Africa (Kenya)
  • Spier (South Africa)
  • Wilderness Safaris (in Botswana, Namibia, Seychelles, South  Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Rwanda)

The organisations  will compete across five categories which include: Decent Work and Social  Inclusion, Marine Conservation, Celebrating Cultures, Water Efficiency and  Sustainable Consumption and Production. In addition to this a much coveted much  coveted Overall Winner will be selected.

Spier Wine Farm aims to make their employees “agents of change”

Congratulating this year’s finalists, Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, commented: “We applaud the  efforts of the organisations selected as finalists, who are paving the way of  how to promote tourism in a sustainable way. Wesgro is honoured to be a sponsor  of this auspicious event, supporting African Responsible Tourism since its  inception in 2015. We are particularly proud of our local operators who will be  representing South Africa at the final event.”

Minister of  Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, added: “The strong showing by Western Cape  nominees on the shortlist for the African Responsible Tourism Awards confirms  the high level of responsiveness and awareness in our industry. Responsible  tourism is the future of the tourism industry. As we’ve seen in our region,  natural resources, as well as our environment in general and our attractions,  deserve the utmost respect from locals and tourists alike. We are pioneering a  collaborative approach with tourists around being resource-wise, and visitors  to our region have eagerly come to the party. We congratulate the shortlisted  companies for the work they are doing in building our tourism industry and  creating jobs and economic opportunities as they do so.”

Marine Dynamics
Marine Dynamics has an impressive track record doing work in shark and penguin conservation

Winners will  be announced during WTM Africa at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 18 April  2018, 16.30 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. A celebratory  function, sponsored by the Cape Whale Coast, will follow the ceremony.