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.
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.
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.”
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.