Better Tourism Africa

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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The search for the bright spots in responsible tourism on the African continent is on!  Now in its third year, the #ARTA17 ceremony will again be hosted as part of WTM Africa in Cape Town on 20 April 2017.

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.  The African Responsible Tourism Awards celebrate the commitment and efforts of individuals, organisations and destinations that use tourism to make Africa better.  The awards also aim to inspire change in the African tourism industry.

The seven categories for the 2017 awards are:

  • Best accommodation for social inclusion
  • Best for engaging people & culture
  • Best for habitat and species conservation
  • Best for partnership for poverty reduction
  • Best responsible event
  • Best responsible tourism campaign
  • Best tour operator for impact in urban areas

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Baklava in Greece, injera in Ethiopia and bunny chows in Durban. There’s nothing like sampling a place’s food and drinks to create lasting memories of our travels. We go to restaurants, wineries and markets to find out what the locals love to eat, drink and celebrate with. And those of us who are among the growing number of consumers searching for meals that are organic, free range and ethical – meals that do not “cost the earth” – we find our happiness in cafés, craft breweries and bistros.

A recent speed marketing session at WTM Africa  showcased these gems that not only enhance travel itineraries but also look out for the well-being of local people and the planet. Read More

An incredible one-third of tourism organizations (or 28 out of 75 to be exact) longlisted for the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards can be found in Africa‬! Fittingly, the longlist was announced on ‪#AfricaDay2016‬. Read More

A conservancy that truly and remarkably brings together community and wildlife conservation to make better places to live in and great places to visit was announced Overall Winner this afternoon at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 in Cape Town, sponsored by Wesgro.

In a special ceremony at World Travel Market Africa, Mara Naboisho Conservancy  took the coveted position of Overall Winner from a selection of 24 finalists gathered from around Africa. Read More

Announcing the finalists for the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016

ARTA2016-500pxA lodge set in the Ethiopian Highlands, two national tourism ministries, and a beach safety organisation that protects both sharks and people are among the organisations selected as finalists for the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016, sponsored by Wesgro and organised by Better Tourism Africa.  But who will take the top spot? Read More

African Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM Africa launches only publically voted category

This competition is now closed. Marine Dynamics was announced as the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the 2016 African Responsible Tourism Awards. The winner of the digital subscription will be announced soon. Read More

Announcing the #ARTA16 Longlist


ARTA2016-500pxAfrican Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 at WTM Africa reap bountiful harvest

We are delighted to announce the official Longlist for the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016! 

The competition for the 2016 African Responsible Tourism Awards at Word Travel Market (WTM) Africa has started in earnest as the long list of organisations vying for the top spot is announced.

The long-listed tourism businesses, organisations and initiatives come from 13 countries – covering the continent north to south and east to west. The list includes nominees from Morocco, the Gambia, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, South Africa and many more. Read More

Due date for entries for #ARTA16 extended to 22 January 2016

Following several requests from the tourism industry, the deadline for entries for the African Responsible Tourism Awards (#ARTA16) has been shifted on by one week.

The inaugural African Responsible Tourism Awards, held at in April 2015 during WTM Africa 2015, attracted 183 nominations from 16 African countries. Twelve tourism businesses from Africa were gold and silver winners in the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM London – several of these were category winners in the 2015 African round. Read More

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