Sandton and Alexandra to become more Sustainable Tourism Destinations in Preparation for The Eco-Mobility World Festival – October 2015
The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme has been appointed as the official Sustainable Tourism partner of the City of Johannesburg, who will host the Eco-Mobility World Festival. The festival will run during the Month of October.
This prestigious international festival will see a number of tourists, media and corporates coming into the Sandton and Alexandra areas, and as such the STPP has been mandated to assist tourism businesses to fast track their Sustainability Initiatives. The STPP is a UNWTO Affiliate Member that is highly regarded amongst professionals in the tourism sector as the only mass scale sustainable tourism implementation programme.
Evolve has partnered with The STPP as technical partners and they will provide advisory services and technical solutions on resource efficiency and waste management. Partner, Earth Probiotic will provide advisory services and technical solutions for waste streams. Further partnerships are to be announced shortly.
“We are inviting accommodation establishments and tourism businesses to sign up as soon as possible, so that we can start the journey. We will kick off with weekly workshops in Sandton from 22 July, until the end of September”, says Niki Glen, the STPP Programme Director. “We are very proud to announce that Westpoint Executive Suites have agreed to take the lead by implementing assessments immediately.”
“We are looking forward to seeing fantastic effort and team work from further corporates and hotels in Sandton, to turn the city into a Sustainable Tourism Hotspot that rivals fellow South African cities”, says Angelique-Mari Forman, Marketing Manager for Executive Suites Group.
The festival will run from the 1st to 31st October and plans for the event are continuously being released. Through participation, the sustainable tourism interventions, accommodation establishments, restaurants, tour operators/guides and additional tourism/hospitality-orientated businesses are likely to become more efficient and quickly see cuts in cost over the long-term as a result over responsible operation practices.
In addition, they will gain access to the Eco-Mobility Festival and Joburg Tourism’s multiple marketing and social media platforms. All participants will be invited to join the World Tourism Day Celebrations on 27 September, where they will receive further exposure for their efforts as well as the opportunity to network with fellow VIPs.
The programme will focus on 6 key areas which will assist businesses to not only assess their current operations, but also access solutions that will enable decision-makers to fast track implementation.
The initial areas of focus for the programme running until end September are:
1. Resource Efficiency assessments and the installation of leading technologies to manage and monitor energy and water consumption and to manage waste;
2. On-site assessments to assist establishments to identify and manage quick wins towards more sustainable tourism practices;
3. Staff Green Training and Sustainable Tourism Training;
4. Carbon footprint assessments and carbon offset solutions;
5. Local Sourcing Practices and opportunities to redirect current sourcing practices;
6. Event Greening practices;
Workshops will run weekly in Sandton or Alexandra every Wednesday from 4 to 6, starting July 22nd. Venues are yet to be confirmed.
We would like all tourism and hospitality professionals, media and other interested parties to please attend the first of the workshops.
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