South Africans can gleam with pride as sustainable
and responsible tourism in the country is on the rise ˇV
with three local tourism offerings being recognised at
the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 at the World
Travel Market (WTM) in London.
awards are presented annually at WTM London ˇV in front
of an audience of 600 key industry influencers and
decision-makers ˇV and is the focal point of WTM
Responsible Tourism Day, which is the biggest
responsible tourism event globally.
This yearˇ¦s awards that took place on World Responsible
Tourism Day on Wednesday, 8 November, focused on
tourismˇ¦s contribution to the United Nations'
sustainable development goals.
These are the categories of the awards: Best for
Accommodation, Best for Carbon Reduction, Best for
Communication, Best Community Initiative, Best for
Poverty Reduction and Best Tour Operator.
Three South African tourism products, all based in the
Western Cape, were given recognition at the awards.
Grootbos and Transfrontier Parks Destination were award
category winners, while shark cage-diving tour operator
based in Gansbaai, Marine Dynamics, was one of the
"highly commended" responsible tourism organisations
around the world.
Marine Dynamics also recently won the prestigious
Eco-Tourism Award at the Skål World Congress,
Sustainable Tourism Awards 2017.
Here are all the 2017 winners:
- Best for Accommodation: Grootbos, South Africa
- Best for Carbon Reduction:- Chobe Game Lodge,
- Best for Communication: City of Ljubljana,
- Best Community Initiative: Sapa Oˇ¦Chau Travel
Social Enterprise, Vietnam
- Best for Poverty Reduction: Village Ways, India
- Best Tour Operator: Transfrontier Parks
Destination (TFPD) South Africa.