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ARTA18 due date extended

Organisations that are interested in entering the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards (ARTA) but have not yet had a chance to complete their application now have an additional week.

We will soon announce an exciting partnership that will help to extend the  African Responsible Tourism Awards Tourism entry footprint.  To allow the grapevine to do its work, the closing date for applications has been extended to Thursday, 22 February.

Award categories

This year, ARTA aims to celebrate tourism organisations doing good work in five categories:

  • Best for aquatic species and habitat conservation
  • Best for decent work and social inclusion
  • Best for innovation in water management
  • Best responsible business event
  • Best responsible cultural experience

Read more about the award category criteria and download entry forms here. 

The winners of the 2018 awards will be announced at a ceremony on 18 April at the World Travel Market Africa held in Cape Town. Winners of the African awards are automatically entered into the World Responsible Tourism Awards.

 

La période de dépôt de candidatures pour la 4th édition de Les Prix Africains du tourisme responsable est désormais ouverte. La liste des lauréats sera dévoilée en february 2018, à l’occasion de la ARTA cérémonie de remise des prix qui se tiendra au WTM Africa en Afrique du Sud.

La 4ème édition des Trophées Africains du Tourisme Responsable s’adresse aux entreprises touristiques (tour-opérateurs, agences de voyages, établissements d’hébergement, attraction touristique, guides, ….), associations, ONG et autres acteurs qui utilisent le tourisme pour de bons changements, lié à cinq catégories:

Conservation des espèces aquatiques et des habitats

Cette catégorie vise toute initiative liée au tourisme qui protège les espèces et les habitats marins et d’eau douce, protège la biodiversité et les écosystèmes, atténue ou compense les impacts négatifs sur l’environnement, etc.

Travail décent et inclusion

Cette catégorie est ouverte aux candidats avec des initiatives visant à assurer des conditions de travail décentes pour les employés, une meilleure répartition des avantages du tourisme au niveau local, la promotion de l’équité et la promotion de la cohésion sociale, etc.

Événement d’affaires responsable

Comme son nom l’indique, ce trophée s’adresse à toute organisation organisatrice d’un événement professionnel (salon, conférence, sommet, congrès, etc.), ayant pris en compte le développement durable dans toutes les phases d’organisation de l’événement.

Expérience culturelle responsable

Cette catégorie est destinée aux expériences touristiques qui mettent en valeur et soutiennent les traditions culturelles et les modes de vie, et encouragent une échange respectueuse et significative entre les touristes et les habitants locaux

Novatrices gestion de l’eau dans le tourisme

Cette catégorie relief la responsabilité et l’implication nécessaire du tourisme dans la préservation de l’eau, une ressource vitale dans le monde. Le catégorie cherche des solutions novatrices de la gestion de l’eau dans le tourisme et les mesures engagées par le candidat pour protéger et promouvoir les ressources en eau tout en ayant des retombées positives pour les populations locales des destinations.

Participer

Les parties intéressées sont invitées à présenter leur candidature avant le 22 février 2018 à minuit (heure d’Afrique du Sud).

Des informations complémentaires et les dossiers de candidature sont disponibles à ce lien. Soumettez votre entrée aux liens fournis.

Nous recevrons votre entrée avec grand plaisir!

 

Wesgro-headline-sponsorCalling on tourism businesses in Africa – the search for the bright spots in responsible tourism on the continent is on!  Now its fourth year, the #ARTA18 ceremony will again be hosted as part of WTM Africa in Cape Town on Wednesday, 18 April 2018.

The African Responsible Tourism Awards celebrate the commitment and efforts of individuals, organisations and destinations that use tourism to make Africa better.  The five categories for the 2018 awards are:

  • Best for aquatic species and habitat conservation
  • Best for decent work and social inclusion
  • Best for innovation in water management
  • Best responsible business event
  • Best responsible cultural experience

Read more about the award categories and download entry forms here.

Previous years have uncovered many remarkable tourism businesses and organisations that plough back into their communities, conserve nature and heritage, benefit African destinations and African people.  In the past entries from South Africa have been plentiful. We strongly encourage entries from other parts of Africa.  In 2017, a remarkable five of the twelve Leaders in Responsible Tourism in the global WTM Responsible Tourism Awards were from Africa.

Entries close Thursday, 22 February 2018.  Make sure to submit your entry soon after the festive season rush.

The African Responsible Tourism Awards are part of the prestigious World Responsible Tourism Awards, the world’s most respected responsible tourism awards.  The awards are organised by Better Tourism Africa, under licence by World Travel Market.  Wesgro will continue to support the Awards as its headline sponsor, as it has since the Award’s inception in 2015.

Should you be interested in sponsoring a category or require further information, please e-mail awards@africanresponsbletourismawardscom.

Follow us on twitter : @RTAwardsAfrica and Facebook : AfricanResponsibleTourismAwards for the latest news.

 

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MTN Bushfire 2017 announced its theme of environmental sustainability through its call to action #GREENYOURFIRE, a spin-off from the festival’s long-established commitment to igniting social change through personal action, promoted as #BRINGYOURFIRE.

As the winner of the 2017 Gold Star for Best Responsible Event at the Responsible Tourism Awards, (part of the World Responsible Tourism Awards), MTN Bushfire has always been committed to bringing this environmental mission to life.

In order to make this commitment a reality, MTN Bushfire created a number of initiatives leading up to and during the 2017 edition of the festival. These projects  included the BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE, a fully interactive space where key environmental partners presented a variety of opportunities for MTN Bushfire guests to actively engage with this theme and to make their personal contribution to environmental sustainability.

One of the key partners in this zone was the United Nations Development Programme that created an interactive space with opportunities for tourists, the youth, families, artists, and exhibitors to learn about the UNDP’s global goals, to take part in a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) quiz, to express their views on what the goals mean to them and to identify their role as individuals.

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Entering the 2017 World Responsible Tourism Awards

To celebrate 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the organisers of the WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards are taking a detour from the usual format of the awards and focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) instead.

All five categories in the 2017 awards are linked to the SDGs. Another change is what categories organisations can enter in. The first four categories are open only to those who have won gold or silver in the last three years in the global, African, Indian or Irish Responsible Tourism Awards. The fifth category is for organisations new to the awards.

This year’s World Responsible Tourism Awards are looking for examples of good practice where tourism organisations and destinations leverage tourism to make better places for people to live in, and then transparently report on the impacts of their responsible tourism efforts.

The judges are looking for tourism organisations that can demonstrate their positive sustainable development impact. They recognise that smaller companies will have smaller impacts, but feel strongly that smaller businesses and organisations are no less worthy of an award and should not be deterred from applying. Instead the awards are looking to recognise effective approaches to reporting impact and communicating it to consumers, local people and governments.

Awards categories

The 2017 Awards categories are:

SDG8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Categories that focus on responsible employment have always been strongly contested in both the African and the World Responsible Tourism Awards. Contenders for this category include:

Stellenbosch wine estate, Spier, were gold winners in 2016 in the Best Accommodation for Responsible Employment category. The judges were looking for examples of businesses able to demonstrate an exemplary responsible approach to the employment and treatment of staff. The gold went to Spier for the transparent reporting and the breadth of their approach to improving the employment conditions of their staff ranging from addressing the issue of safety on public transport to their provision of Individual Learning Spend budgets to support the development of skills and knowledge, for personal development and innovation for the employee and their family for example by using it to pay school fees.

sdg12SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, tourism that creates jobs, promotes local culture and products.

When the African Responsible Tourism Awards ran the Best for Resource Efficiency category in 2015, they were overwhelmed by the quality and variety in entries. Contenders for this category include:

Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana walked off with the prize. Given that the lodge is over 40 years old, to refurbish an old structure the size of this lodge, making it more eco-friendly is a mammoth and on-going task. The lodge has a long term approach to energy efficiency with the ultimate aim of reducing dependency on the grid. The most noticeable innovation is the use of All Electric Game Drive Vehicles and Electric game viewing boats. The lodge was also a silver winner in the 2016 awards in the category for Best Accommodation for Responsible Employment – strengthening their application in the SDG12 category.

sdg14SDG 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development through the sustainable management of tourism on and in the oceans.

Contenders for this category include:

Nkwichi Lodge in Mozambique won the Best for Beach Tourism category in 2016. They were commended for helping to bring the world’s most biodiverse freshwater lake and a 120 000 ha of lakeshore and escarpment under formal protection – in partnership with 16 villages.

Chumbe Island Coral Park in Tanzania was highly commended for water conservation in the World Responsible Tourism Awards in 2013 and they won the marine environment category in 2004. In 2015, they won the African Responsible Tourism Award in the ategory for Best for Beach Tourism. The judges wanted to recognise them for their careful review of progress and the development of the new Management Plan 2006-2016.

sdgRemaining SDGs: Businesses and tourism organisations that can demonstrate their contribution to one of the other 14 SDGs

There are several other SDGs that past winners can demonstrate their contribution against. SDG1 states “No poverty”, and given that the poverty reduction category is traditionally the most competitive in the awards, there are several ideal contenders that can enter. Previous winners of this category include Grootbos Lodge and Transfrontier Parks Destinations (2015) and !Xaus Lodge (2016). Coffee Shack Backpackers, winner of the 2017 award for Best Accommodation for Social Inclusion can enter under SDG4: Quality Education, based on their support of education from preshool to college. Past winners of conservation awards like the Kenyan Mara Naboisho and Ol Pejeta conservancies (2016) are good candidates for SDG15: Life on land.

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Newcomers: Businesses and tourism organisations which can demonstrate a contribution to one of the SDGs but which have not won Responsible Tourism Awards in the last three years.

Entering the World Responsible Tourism Awards

Before you tackle the application, you need to select the best category for your organisation to enter and to do this you need to have a good understanding of the SDGs. Follow the links above to find out more about what the SDGs cover, especially since several they have multiple targets.

Unlike previous years, there is only one stage in this year’s awards. To apply, you will have to complete the application form and submit it together with supporting documents to WTMRTA@responsibletourismpartnership.org. Applications close on 31 August 2017.

Blood Lions and Coffee Shack Backpackers win the top spots at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2017

A hard-hitting documentary on the plight of lions in tourism and a small backpacker lodge with ample impact were announced Joint Overall Winners this afternoon at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 in Cape Town, sponsored by Wesgro.

In a special ceremony at World Travel Market Africa 2017, Blood Lions and Coffee Shack took the coveted position of Overall Winner from a selection of finalists gathered from around Africa.

Says Harold Goodwin, Chair of the Judging Panel. “All of those longlisted should be recognised as having made a significant contribution and be proud of what they have achieved.  As in the World Responsible Tourism Awards the judges looked for winners who might educate and inspire others, challenging the industry to achieve more by demonstrating what can be done by businesses and organisations to realise the ambition of Responsible Tourism. That ambition is simply put:  to use tourism to make better places for people to live in. This also benefits the industry: great places to live are great places to visit.

In this International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development the industry needs to recognise that we need to be a lot more transparent about credibly reporting the positive impacts that businesses in the tourism sector have on peoples’ livelihoods and well being – we need to up our game and prove the claims we make. This year’s global Responsible Tourism Awards will be announced next month – in this International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development there is a particular emphasis on the SDGs.

The judges were mindful of the Awards made in previous years in Africa and in the World Responsible Tourism Awards, of which these African Awards are a part. The Gold and Silver Award winners should be particularly proud of what they have achieved; they have been recognised as being leaders in a Responsible Tourism movement where more is expected each year.

If when reflecting on the winners of these and the World Responsible Tourism Awards you know of others you feel should be recognised then please encourage them to enter, the judges can only choose from amongst those who enter and complete the extensive application process. We encourage them, and other businesses, to continue to take responsibility for increasing the positive, and reducing the negative, impacts of tourism; to communicate what they are doing to use tourism to make better places and to consider entering the Responsible Tourism Awards when there is an appropriate category for their business or organisation.”

Speaking before a packed audience of over 100 tourism professionals, media, ministers and officials, Heidi van der Watt, managing director of Better Tourism Africa pinpointed what makes the Award winners the leaders in responsible tourism in Africa:

Our winners have a vision that extends beyond the commercial – linking business success with the wellbeing of local communities and the longevity of their environments. They want to make profits with principles, communicate balance sheets alongside beliefs, and won’t undermine passion in the pursuit of professionalism. They are resilient, determined, humanising advocates for their destinations. They are the future of tourism in Africa.”

The Awards were sponsored by the Wesgro. Tim Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Wesgro, said:

“As the proud headline sponsor of the inaugural African Responsible Tourism Awards, Wesgro is delighted to pay tribute to this year’s inspirational winners. As the official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, we continue to show our commitment to responsible tourism development both in our province and on the African continent.

We are pleased to recognise the vision of the Award winners for providing leadership in their respective sectors throughout Africa, and effectively contributing to growing tourism in a sustainable mannerToday, we celebrate their commitment and achievements.

Read below for the full list of this year’s winners, or log on to www.africanresponsibletourismawards.com to read their stories or watch videos from the Overall Winners.

A photo library of winners images is accessible here.

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Finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards revealed

A community-based camp located in remote Namibia, two backpackers and a mountain bike tour in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Area are among the organisations selected as finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards (sponsored by Wesgro and organised by Better Tourism Africa). But who will take the top spots?

With seven categories as well as the much-coveted ‘Overall Winner’ to be won, the competition has stepped up a notch for the finalists revealed today.

Following an intense debate on the Judging Day, held in Johannesburg on 7 April, the panel of 14 expert judges from across the industry shortlisted 13 organisations from across Africa – including Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique. The finalists are:

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2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards longlist revealed

Longlist for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards demonstrates the power of responsible tourism in Africa

PrintThe competition for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards has moved into the second round, with over 30 tourism organisations competing for top spots at the awards ceremony at WTM Africa in April.

Sponsored by WESGRO and organised by Better Tourism Africa, the awards recognise African organisations that offer a shining example of how tourism can benefit the local people, the environment,  and destinations. The awards are part of a family of regional Responsible Tourism Awards which culminate each year with World Responsible Tourism Day at WTM in London.

This year, the longlist names tourism organisations from Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Longlisted organisations compete in seven categories, among them habitat and species conservation, engaging people and culture, poverty reduction and a new category in 2017 – the best responsible event. Read More

WESGRO supports 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM Africa

arta-2017-logoFor the third year running, Wesgro – Cape Town and the Western Cape’s official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency – is the main sponsor for the African Responsible Tourism Awards.   Winners of the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards, a part of the World Responsible Tourism Awards, will be announced in Cape Town at the CTICC during Africa Travel Week 2017.

The African Responsible Tourism Awards are organised by Better Tourism Africa, and are hosted by World Travel Market Africa (WTM Africa).  The African regional awards are a part of the World Responsible Tourism Awards family, the leading global awards recognising achievement and innovation in responsible tourism. In 2016 the world awards founded by Responsible Travel celebrated 13 years at WTM London. Several category winners in the 2016 African round came out tops in the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards.

Wesgro Chief Marketing Officer, Judy Lain congratulated Bushmans Kloof for winning silver for the Best Accommodation for Responsible Employment category at the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards,

Grootbos, Hotel Verde, Bushmans Kloof, Gansbaai, Marine Dynamics and the V&A Waterfront are amongst the tourism businesses from the Western Cape that have over the years received top responsible tourism awards. We recognise that these awards are the result of hard work and an unwavering commitment to develop tourism in a sustainable manner. As the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, it is imperative that responsible tourism is a guiding principle in all we do. To this end we are pleased to announce that Wesgro will be the headline sponsor of the 2017 Africa Responsible Tourism Awards”.

The 2015 and 2016 African Responsible Tourism Awards generated significant participation across Africa.  Heidi van der Watt of Better Tourism Africa, the organiser and founder of the African Responsible Tourism Awards comments:

Watching the quality of entries for the African Responsible Tourism Awards strengthening year on year is truly gratifying. Wesgro has supported the awards since the inaugural year in 2015, helping to discover and celebrate African tourism businesses that follow the beat of a different drum. It is fitting that they continue this partnership during the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. We value their commitment to celebrating businesses that use to tourism as a force for good.”

As part of the World Responsible Tourism Awards family, the judging process for the African Responsible Tourism Awards is chaired by Harold Goodwin, Professor of Responsible Tourism at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism and Chair of the main World Responsible Tourism Awards judging panel since its inception.

Entries for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards closed in January, and the longlist will be announced on 1 March 2017.

Note to editors

Official hashtag: #ARTA17
Official twitter handle: @RTAwardsAfrica

For media enquiries or information contact:

Better Tourism Africa

Sadia Nanabhay
Email: talktous@africanresponsibletourismawards.com
Tel: +27 662 5410
Website: www.africanresponsibletourismawards.com

WESGRO
Inge Dykman
Email:  Inge@wesgro.co.za
Tel: +27 21 487 8600

About WESGRO

The Western Cape is a region of unlimited potential, and this translates into unlimited opportunity. Whether you’re interested in travel, business or export, Cape Town and the Western Cape has something for you. Let Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, help you uncover the opportunities.

About Better Tourism Africa

Better Tourism Africa (previously the International Centre for Responsible Tourism – South Africa), a non-profit organisation established in 2006, works alongside government, the private sector and communities in Africa to implement the objectives of Responsible Tourism as described in the Cape Town Declaration. We believe tourism should be harnessed to create better places for people to live and to visit.  Our work includes advocacy, training and capacity-building, research and technical advisory services.

About Responsible Travel

Responsible Travel is the world’s leading market place for small and tailor-made tour operators, all screened for their commitment to responsible tourism.  Responsible Travel connects these operators with people looking for real & authentic holidays. Starting with just 2 tour operators in 2001 we’ve become the leading place to find tours from over 400 small & specialist tour companies in 197 countries.  As tourism grows globally the opportunity for authentic experiences diminishes, and the impacts of tourism on places & local people (not always positive) grows. We’ve found the secret to authentic travel is treating local people & places responsibly.

In addition Responsible Travel:

  • campaigns for positive change in the travel and tourism industry.
  • is publishing an expanding collection of open, honest travel guides

CEO Justin Francis has been included in Courvoisiers The Future 500, Thames and Hudsons 60 Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future and taken his place on the Advisory Board of The International Centre for Responsible Tourism.

The company is based in Brighton’s North Laine district, England.

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is a leading global player in the world of exhibitions and part of RELX Group, one of South Africa’s largest and most successful business events companies. Reed Exhibitions brings over 50 years of experience in developing, marketing, selling and organising exhibitions, events, conferences and meetings.

About World Travel Market

World Travel Market (WTM) portfolio comprises of six leading B2B events across four continents generating more than $7bn of industry deals. The six events are WTM London; Arabian Travel Market (ATM); World Travel Market Latin America; World Travel Market Africa; WTM Connect Asia and International Golf Travel Market (IGTM).

About Africa Travel Week

Africa Travel Week comprises three co-located shows – WTM Africa, ibtm africa and ILTM Africa – encompassing Africa’s inbound and outbound markets for general leisure travel, luxury tourism, and the MICE/business travel sector under RTE’s established portfolios of WTM (World Travel Market), ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) and IBTM (Incentives, Business Travel & Meetings). The dates for Africa Travel Week (#africatravelweek) 2017 are 19 – 23 April 2017

About World Travel Market Africa

World Travel Market Africa launched in 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Nearly 5,000 travel industry professionals attend Africa’s leading inbound and outbound travel and tourism market. WTM Africa delivers a proven mix of hosted buyers, media, pre-scheduled appointments, on-site networking, evening functions and invited travel trade visitors. The dates for the next event are 19-21 April 2017.

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Closing date for African Responsible Tourism Awards extended

Tourism organisations that are interested in entering the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards (ARTA) but have not yet had a chance to complete their application now has a second chance – the closing date for applications has been extended to Friday, 20 January.

Award categories

This year, ARTA aims to celebrate tourism organisations doing good work in seven categories.

Best accommodation for social inclusion
This category is awarded to accommodation providers that create places to stay and work at which are supportive, fair and empowering.

2016 African winner for Best accommodation for Responsible Employment

2016 African winner for Best accommodation for Responsible Employment

Lemon Tree Hotels, India: 2016 World winner for Best accommodation for Responsible Employment

Lemon Tree Hotels, India: 2016 World winner for Best accommodation for Responsible Employment

Best for engaging people & culture
This category seeks to shine a light on the best examples of holidays which involve and celebrate local people, traditions and ways of life.

Coffeebeans Routes, South Africa: 2015 African winner for Best for Engaging People and Culture

Coffeebeans Routes, South Africa: 2015 African winner for Best for Engaging People and Culture

Bushmans Kloof, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best Contribution to Cultural Heritage Conservation

Bushmans Kloof, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best Contribution to Cultural Heritage Conservation

Best for habitat and species conservation
This category is awarded to a tourism business or initiative that had measurable success in preserving and managing habitat and species.

Mara Naboisho, Kenya: 2016 African winner for Best for Wildlife Conservation

Mara Naboisho, Kenya: 2016 African winner for Best for Wildlife Conservation

Ol Pejeta, Kenya: 2016 African winner for Best for Wildlife Conservation

Marine Dynamics, South Africa: 2015 African winner for Best for Wildlife Conservation

Sam Veasna Centre (SVC), Cambodia : 2016 World winner for Best for Wildlife Conservation

 

Best partnership for poverty reduction
The emphasis in this category is on the partnerships between tourism businesses that use travel experiences to achieve a measurable reduction in poverty among a local community, and include local and marginalised people.

!Xaus Lodge, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

!Xaus Lodge, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in partnership with the Grootbos Foundation, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa: 2015 African winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

Transfrontier Parks Destinations, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

TFPD, South Africa: 2015 African winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

Tren Ecuador, Ecuador : 2016 World winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

Tren Ecuador, Ecuador : 2016 World winner for Best for Poverty Reduction

 Best responsible event
This category is for an event that is designed, organised and managed in a way that minimises potential negative impacts and leaves a beneficial legacy for the host community and all involved.

Best responsible tourism campaign
This category is for a campaign from a tourism business or organisation which has successfully championed responsible tourism. This could be a marketing campaign or an advocacy campaign.

Great Plains Conservation, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best Responsible Tourism Marketing Campaign

Great Plains Conservation, South Africa: 2016 African winner for Best Responsible Tourism Marketing Campaign

Friends International - ChildSafe, Cambodia: 2016 World winner for Best Responsible Tourism Marketing Campaign

Friends International – ChildSafe, Cambodia: 2016 World winner for Best Responsible Tourism Marketing Campaign

Best tour operator for impact in urban areas
This category is for a tourism business with an innovative and successful approach to responsible tourism within cities or urban settlements, using tourism for positive change within cities or urban settlements.

The Awards ceremony

The winners of the 2017 awards will be announced at a ceremony on 20 April at the World Travel Market Africa held in Cape Town. Winners of the African awards are automatically entered into the World Responsible Tourism Awards.

About WTM Africa

wtm africaWTM Africa is a vibrant, culturally diverse, must attend business-to-business travel and tourism event, with a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to African and International travel professionals.

Mirrored on flagship events WTM in London and Arabian Travel Market in Dubai – WTM Africa delivers a proven mix of hosted buyers, media, pre-scheduled appointments, on-site networking, evening functions and invited travel trade visitors and in 2016 saw a 23% increase in visitors compared to 2015. The only inbound and outbound show of its kind on the African continent, WTM Africa provides a platform to launch new products, increase brand exposure, debate industry issues, and gather market intelligence; to generate new sales leads, strengthen existing relationships and most importantly, close new business.

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