A sports event attracting 20 000 participants, an operator specializing in treks up Kilimanjaro and a safari beach lodge are only some of the inspirational organisations selected as finalists for the 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards (sponsored by Wesgro and organised by Better Tourism Africa).

With the quality of entries high and competition tough, who will take the top spots in each category? And who will scoop the win as the much-coveted ‘Overall Winner’.

The panel of expert judges had their task cut out for them. The Judging Day was held in Johannesburg on 29 March, and after vigorous debate, 15 organisations were shortlisted.

2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards finalists

!Khwa ttu San Culture & Education Centre
South Africa

!Khwa ttu, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@KhwattuSan

Anvil Bay
Mozambique

anvil bay, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@Anvil_Bay

Cape Town Marathon
South Africa

cape town marathon, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@ctmarathon

Dorobo Tours and Safaris 
Tanzania

dorobo safaris, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@dorobosafaris

Event Greening Forum 2018 Conference & Master Class South Africa

events greening forum, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@EventGreening

GCIP-SA Annual Awards 2017  
South Africa

gcip-sa awards, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@CleantechSA

Great Plains Conservation Sapi Reserve
Zimbabwe

great plains sapi reserve, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@GreatPlainsCons

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
South Africa

grootbos, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@Grootbos

Mdumbi Green Fair Festival
South Africa

mdumbi green fair, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@Mdumbi Green Fair

Meetings Africa
South Africa

meetings africa, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@SA_NCB

Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary
South Africa

panthera big cat santuary, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@PantheraAfrica

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company
South Africa

table mountain aerial cableway, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@TableMountainCa

Two Oceans Aquarium
South Africa

two oceans aquarium, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@2OceansAquarium

Ultimate Safaris’ //HUAB Under Canvas
Namibia

huab under canvas, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@UltimateSafari1

WOWZULU Isandlwana
South Africa

wowzulu, finalist, african responsible tourism awards
@wowzulu

Namibian judge Sisco Auala said the following of the judging process:

Judges were supplied with clear criteria to guide the selection of winners. We were given plenty of opportunities to freely debate, exchange views and clarify our diverse perspectives in a rigorous manner before we reached consensus”.

Commenting on the finalists, Heidi van der Watt, managing director of Better Tourism Africa, said:

From an aquarium actively campaigning against single-use plastics to an immersive cultural experience near a famous battlefield, this year’s finalists are worthy examples of changemakers who bravely use tourism to create positive change for Africa’s people and environments. We have inspiring Gold and Silver winners, but some categories were surprisingly weak. We are convinced that there are many more worthy contenders on the African continent. The judges can only award from among those who are nominated and complete the entry process. The categories for next year will be announced at the end of the Awards ceremony.”

Professor Harold Goodwin, Chair of the Judging Panel and WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor, reflected on the decisions made on the Judging Day:

“With a high calibre panel of judges, there is always much passionate discussion and argument about the category and overall winners in the Responsible Tourism Awards family of awards. Chairing the judges is a privilege, the more so when there are lively debates as there were again this year in the 2019 Africa Responsible Tourism Awards. The worthy winners, Gold and Silver, are demonstrating their responsibility and we are pleased to recognise them and we have identified a number of ones to watch – there are some great new responsible businesses emerging.”

The awards would not be able to shine a light on the best of the best in responsible tourism in Africa without the support of its sponsors and partners, several of whom have demonstrated their commitment to responsible tourism by sponsoring the awards several years in a row. This year’s supporters are:

Tim Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Wesgro, is following the outcome of the awards closely: “We’re going through a phase in which tried and tested tourism business models are being challenged. This year’s African Responsible Tourism Awards finalists entries reflect this landscape and shine a light on innovative strategies for tourism. We are thrilled with the list of finalists. Each one sets a precedent for excellent work in their category and represents the exciting, diverse range of best practice in the African tourism industry.”

The judging drew on the expertise of carefully chosen professionals from throughout the tourism industry in Africa:

The African Responsible Tourism Awards is part of the responsible tourism programme at WTM Africa. The responsible tourism programme includes panel discussions on how the tourism industry can reduce its carbon emissions and promote wildlife conservation as well as a two-day conference in which responsible tourism leaders explore the business case for responsible tourism.

Download the press release here

#ARTA19

african responsible tourism awards

SPONSORED BY

african responsible tourism awards

ORGANISED BY

better tourism africa

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

wtm africa
wtm responsible tourism
international centre for responsible tourism