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Oyster Bay Lodge now Fair Trade Tourism approved

Oyster Bay Lodge, a four-star luxury lodge situated on a natural coastal reserve in the Kouga region, is one of the latest holiday destinations to become officially approved by Fair Trade Tourism.

“Oyster Bay Lodge’s approval opens up significant economic benefits to the local economy,” says Claire Kloka, Oyster Bay Lodge Operational Manager.

“More and more travellers are looking for fair and responsible options when they plan their holiday.

Fair Trade Tourism offers a possibility of extending ethical purchasing decisions beyond everyday products such as coffee, tea and fruit to include holidays that guarantee a better life for local people and beyond.

“Partnering with a recognised label such as Fair Trade Tourism, enables us to promote responsible travel to the international trade and to encourage support to sustainable and certified products.”

Oyster Bay Lodge boasts between 10 and 20 employees – depending on the time of the year. The majority of employees are from the local and surrounding communities.

They furthermore run various community projects such as township tours and the upliftment of the local schools.

“If we do not invest in the area, there will not be a bright future for the area,” says Kloka.

The eco-friendly lodge only uses borehole water and invested in solar geysers. They hope to generate the bulk, if not all, of their own electricity in the near future and run a paperless operation.

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Renowned sustainable tourism development experts speak at retosa’s inaugural southern africa sustainable conference

Renowned sustainable tourism development experts speak at retosa’s inaugural southern africa sustainable conference in johannesburg, south africa: wednesday, 16 – thursday, 17 november 2016

The 1st Annual Sustainable Tourism Development Conference (SASTD), will be hosted by RETOSA in partnership with Sustainable Tourism Partnership Program (STPP) from the 16th to 17th November, 2016 at CedarWoods Hotel in Johannesburg. The Conference has garnered support from all corners of the world including Prof. Megan Eplar Wood- Director of International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Harvard University, and Professor Takadera from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

This gathering will serve as a catalyst for Southern Africa’s first-ever Sustainable Tourism dialogue. 15 RETOSA Member States(Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) will share Sustainable Tourism knowledge and experiences, gain exposure to international best practices as well as utilize the forum as a means of conducting annual progress reports to ascertain levels of development and implementation of Sustainable Tourism within Member States.

Global stakeholders within Sustainable Tourism, namely; SMMEs, private sector, public sector, tourism boards, ministries, NGOs and Sustainable Tourism experts will be in attendance. Delegates will benefits from various workshops, panel discussions and interactive break-away sessions with participants being at the core of the proceedings. Among the key topics to be deliberated on are:

  1. Community Based Tourism (CBT) in Southern Africa
  2. Fair Trade in Tourism and Quality Standards
  3. TFCAs (Transfrontier Conservation Areas) Development in Southern Africa
  4. The State of Sustainable Tourism: Focus on both the Private sector and Public sector
  5. Climate change resilience and mitigation measures, and natural resource management
  6. Optional site visit/tour on the last day of the Conference

Other key speakers and organizations being represented at the Conference are outlined below:

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Dr. Anna Spenceley- International Sustainable Tourism Specialist

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Dr. Sue Snyman- Regional Coordinator, Wilderness Safaris

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Dr. Geoffrey Manyara-Senior Regional Tourism Advisor, UNECA

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Ms. Caroline Ungersbock-CEO of Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STPP)

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Professor Kevin Mearns, UNISA

 

Visit us at http://www.retosa.co.za to learn more.

For enquiries, please contact:

Full name: Ms. Lenah Kitenge

Contact numbers: +2711 315 2420/1 or +2711 315 2422

Email address: communication@retosa.co.za

East Africa: Experts Call for Use of Social Media to Promote Tourism in the Region

Experts in tourism sector from Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional bloc that includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley and the Great Lakes, are meeting in Kigali to discuss ways to market regional tourism products in Eastern Africa.

The three-day meeting will focus on marketing regional tourism products in Eastern Africa and addressing the obstacles to regional tourism development.

At the meeting, organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, sub-regional office for eastern Africa (UNECA, SRO-EA) and tourism bodies in the region, participants stressed the need to work together to promote tourism in the region.

“It is imperative that we work together to improve every aspect of the experience we offer to our visitors, from their arrival, their movement and experiences within and across our countries but, most importantly, customer care and quality service,” said Belise Kariza, chief tourism officer at Rwanda Development Board.

It was also observed that regional initiatives like East Africa Tourist visa, use of ID cards as well as open skies and joint marketing through various platforms such as international fairs, would boost intra-regional tourism in Africa.

“These initiatives will enhance regional tourism development and trade opportunities among others. In my view, they need to be upgraded,” Kariza said.

“Tourism is an important contributor to Africa’s economy. Thus, Africa needs to maximise tourism development through regional cooperation.

“Product diversification is also important if we are to realise our growth targets. We should diversify tourism products based on potential segments such as traditional products, MICE, among others.”

Geoffrey Manyara, economic affairs officer for UNECA, SRO-EA called on countries to create special tourism products attractive to tourists.

“We have abundant natural resources but our products are similar. We should create attractions that are unique,” he said.

“In Rwanda, tourism contributes 8. 3 per cent to the national GDP while in countries like Uganda and Kenya it contributes 6 to 7 per cent. Tourism is significant and can be a vehicle for development of other sectors,” Manyara added.

Despite the commitment to collaborate, infrastructure deficiency, perceived insecurity and negative publicity from the western media are some of the challenges that tourism in the region encounters.

“We also have different levels of development and some countries do not prioritise tourism. This is a challenge to address holistically as a region. We need to work together and market the region as a single destination,” said Grace Aulo, director of tourism in Uganda’s ministry of tourism.

To address the issues, a sustainable tourism master plan that aims to ensure lasting peace and security in IGAD region as a prerequisite for sustainable tourism development in Eastern Africa was drawn up.

Participants also called on citizens to use social media to promote tourism in their countries.

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Africa leads responsible tourism according to #WRTA16 longlist

Cape Town – Conservation has become a prominent and important factor in global tourism, and the move to responsible and sustainable practices is long overdue.

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But while legislation and planned shifts are admirable, the move to more sustainable tourism practices globally has been slow. This, mainly because it’s difficult to change an already-operational hotel or tourism establishment from the top down.

This is where South Africa and the whole African continent has an ironic advantage on sustainable tourism – tourism growth is behind that of first world countries with leading economies.

In Africa, for example, the hotel industry grew nearly 30% over the past year and is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years. With the high pressure and great rewards that come with going green, this means that new developments will be able to lay foundations for green hotels from the ground up, instead of having to adopt existing infrastructure to slot in with green practices.

It’s a concept that’s already gaining international recognition.

Hotel Verde in Cape Town serves as a prime example. This hotel opened in 2013 and was built on green-only principles. Within one year of existence, the hotel was already named a World leading establishment when became the very first hotel in the world to be awarded double platinum for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

But more and more African and South African establishments are being recognised for their sustainable achievement.

So much so that an incredible one-third of tourism organisations – 28 out of 75 – that have been longlisted for the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards can be found on the African continent. Of these, 11 establishments are South African.

The longlist was announced on #AfricaDay2016.

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Greening the Cape: 3 Exciting initiatives

Cape Town – It’s no secret that a move to responsible tourism and economic practices in the country is no longer optional.

With human populations growing, temperatures rising and our overall dependence on natural resources becoming more and more, there has never been a time to be more aware of our effect on the environment.

South Africa has an ironic advantage on sustainable tourism, in that tourism growth is behind that of first world countries with leading economies. In Africa, the hotel industry grew nearly 30% over the past year, and is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years.

With the high pressure to go green, this means that new developments will be able to lay foundations for green hotels from the ground up, instead of having to adopt existing infrastructure to slot in with green practices.

Hotel Verde in Cape Town serves as a prime example. This hotel opened in 2013, and was built on green-only principles. Within one year of existence, the hotel was already named a World leading establishment when became the very first hotel in the world to be awarded double platinum for Ledership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

More recently, in April, Minister Molewa signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement on behalf of the South African Government – an agreement that is universally regarded as a seminal point in the development of the international climate change regime under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Although this is not only relevant in the Western Cape, the agreement means that new sustainable tourism practices will be further prioritized in the country.

In many ways, SA has to potential to keep leading the world in terms of sustainable development and tourism.

Cape Town International is monitoring its carbon footprint 

Testing vehicle smoke emissions as well as monitoring air quality regularly are just some of the things Airports Company South Africa [Acsa] are incorporating at Cape Town International airport to help curb its carbon footprint.

According to News24, Acsa met with the portfolio committee on environmental affairs and development planning on Tuesday, 10 May, to discuss its environmental protection plan and air traffic operational improvements following an increase in arrivals, and says that strategies will be implemented to ensure that the areas surrounding the airport are protected from gases emitted by aircraft.

Green accommodation transformation

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the Western Cape says it will aim more intensely to assist hospitality industries in greening their establishments going forward.

Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s briefing on Economic Opportunities spokesperson, Fernel Abrahams told Traveller24 at a green economies update briefing on Wednesday morning, 11 May, the department will launch a specific programme towards the second half of 2016, focused on raising awareness and engaging companies in sustainable tourism.

Abrahams says hospitality industries are aware of the green initiatives available, but have been slow in implementing radical change.

The Department’s programme will hence focus on helping establishments to engage in sustainable practices.

Robben Island will go solar 

During his annual Tourism budget speech Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom told that solar powered initiatives will be launches at 6 iconic SA attractions, in a bid to step off the grid.

Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town will be one of the destinations were this pilot programme is first introduces. Robben Island currently depends entirely on diesel generated electricity, but contractors have already been appointed to install renewable energy on the island, the minister said.

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Morocco to Propose an ‘African Charter for Sustainable Tourism’ at Ivory Coast Summit

Rabat – Lahcen Haddad, the Moroccan minister of tourism will propose the adoption of what he calls the “African Charter for Sustainable Tourism” during his visit to the Ivory Coast for a continental tourism conference this week, a government communique obtained by Morocco World News said.

Haddad landed in Abidjan on Tuesday to attend the 58th edition of the annual conference of the African Commission for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), according to the international organization’s website. Government officials and private stakeholders in African tourism will be present at the event ending on April 21st to discuss “accelerating the shift towards sustainable consumption and production patterns” and a 10-year framework of programs (10YFP) to achieve associated goals.

The Moroccan minister expects the sustainability pact to be signed “on the sidelines” of the COP22 climate to be held in Marrakech in November.

In January, Morocco adopted a draft charter on sustainable tourism during the first edition of the “Moroccan Day of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism” in Rabat.

“The proposal embodies the positioning of our country as a tourism sustainability leader in the region,” Hadded said in the communique.

During the ongoing meetings, world leaders will also discuss the implementation of the mission of the international organization Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty Initiative (ST-EP), which was born in Johannesburg in 2002 as part of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Emphasis will also be placed on the detriments of tourism development in the African continent to make sure the process occurs at an environmentally safe level, the minister’s release said.

“Hence, the need for strong cooperation focused on increased ownership in consumption patterns and sustainable production with greater distribution of wealth between the northern parts of the continent and the southern ones.”

Eleven years after the world summit in South Africa, over 35 countries had expressed interest in becoming founding members of ST-EP and hosting regional offices for the organization in the country, though little news of the opening of new offices have been reported since the original show of interest.

Last December, the U.N. declared a resolution naming 2017 as the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.”

Tourism represents an important source of income for African nations due to the inflow of foreign currency it generates, which grows the countries’ GDPs and creates new employment opportunities.

Critics, notably from the U.N,’s own environmental division – suggest that an emphasis on tourism makes impoverished countries dependent on the well-being of developed economies, as tightly-budgeted families are less likely to go on vacation.

According to the division’s statistics, poorer countries in Africa rely on tourism to generate income for the survival of their people. Gambia, for instance, utilizes 30 percent of its workforce to provide services and goods directly and indirectly related to its expected visitors.

Numbers describing the continent as a whole say vacationers’ economic hold on Africa will remain the same in the coming decade. A 2015 report by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said it expects the industry it represents to make-up over six percent of Africa’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2025 – not a significant change from the report’s slightly lower estimate for 2015, which was also just above six percent of GDP.

A Morocco-specific analysis by the WTTC in 2015 said the tourism industry’s share in the national economy would stagnate at just below 18 percent from 2014 to 2025.

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More sustainable tourism leadership lodges join NatGeo

Ecoluxury properties join Unique Lodges of the World

Since its launch in January 2015, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World has nearly doubled the number of properties in its impressive collection. There are now properties in the Canadian High Arctic, Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, the Seychelles, the mountains of northern Greece and beyond.

The collection began with 24 charter members and accepted 14 in June and seven over the past few months, bringing it to 45 lodges — and counting.

These extraordinary properties were selected for their leadership in sustainable tourism, commitment to protecting cultural and natural heritage and for the outstanding guest service and experiences they offer. They must undergo a rigorous vetting process and a site audit to become part of the collection.

The latest lodges joining the collection include Fregate Island Private, Seychelles, Churchill Wild – Seal River Heritage Lodge, Canada, Aristi Mountain Resort and Villas, Greece, Tiamo Resort, Bahamas, Reserva do Ibitipoca, Brazil, Banyan Tree Ringha, China and Lone Mountain Ranch, Montana, U.S.

With the additions this past year come a wide range of new opportunities for travelers, such as walking safaris with world-class guides at The Bushcamp Company in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, horseback riding and hiking in the shadow of a volcano at Mexico’s Hacienda de San Antonio, and cooking classes with a renowned chef in Alaska’s backcountry at Winterlake Lodge. At all of the properties in the collection, guests who book their stay through the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World online site are treated to a special, exclusive experience, such as a meeting with the son of a traditional shaman at Pacuare Lodge in Costa Rica, or a private catered dinner in a grove of ancient milkwood trees at South Africa’s Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.

The owners and managers of the lodges are some of the world’s leading minds in sustainable tourism.

At a gathering of members in May 2015, topics of discussion included an air conditioning system run on coconut oil and deep sea water at the Brando in French Polynesia, and an initiative at Sukau Rainforest Lodge in Malaysian Borneo to ward off wild elephants using bees—creating an income generator for local communities while reducing conflicts between humans and wildlife.

“We built National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World to serve as a shining example of sustainable tourism around the world, and we are thrilled to see the remarkable growth of the collection this past year. By providing such fantastic guest experiences while demonstrating how travel can be a force for good, we hope to elevate sustainable tourism and inspire others to join us,” said Lynn Cutter, National Geographic’s executive vice president for Travel. “We look forward to providing travelers with even broader array of unique opportunities around the world as we continue to expand our collection in the years to come.”

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Tanzania Hands Out Tourism Accolades

Arusha — The 2015 Tourism for the Future Awards which was held in Arusha recently left me with much excitement and grandeur writes ELISHA MAYALLAH.

The day-long event was packed with different presentations from well-selected tourism stakeholders who shared their knowledge, showcased, acknowledged and later rewarded the best practices in sustainable tourism across Africa.

The message in most of the presentations recognized the quality and abundance of Africa’s resource endowment for tourism, which is exceptional and caters for the environment and community development.

This is because the travel sector has a direct link in the tourism industry in which services and products are integrated to achieve a destination experience.

Traveler’s Eye Tanzania was the main organizer of the event. It was founded to positively contribute to the development and socio-environmental impact of the tourism industry across Africa.

The focus is on pro-sustainable tourism projects, taking part in sustainable development of Africa as a leading tourist destination region through advocating for environmental conservation and socio-cultural authenticity.

Having already been recognized internationally, Traveler’s Eye Tanzania was officially endorsed by the Tanzanian Ministry of natural resources and tourism on the 10th September 2014 to be the national sustainable tourism driver for Tanzania.

The awards, according to Vanessa Baldwin, one of organizing partner, recognized community based organization (CBOs) that provide socio-economic benefits to the host communities which are meant to secure a sustainable future for the Tourism industry in Africa and to ensure that tourism is a driver of the economy.

The award event is a product of Africa’s first Pan-African Sustainable tourism campaign “Uniting to Conserve Africa’s Legacy”.

It hosted representatives from across Africa and the world featuring the International tourism trade and conservation communities.

Other invitees were from the African economic bodies, environmental activists, regional and International development agencies, awards application finalists and the African tourism community.

Emerging top in a competitive categories from Tanzania were Tengeru Cultural Tourism Programme, African Wildlife Trust and Zara Tanzania Adventures, all from the tourism wonderlands of the north of the country.

The Tengeru Cultural Tourism Programme, based near Arusha, emerged top in the culture and heritage category while Zara Tanzania Adventure won the sustainable business award. The Arusha based African Wildlife Trust won the environment conservation award.

Gladness Obed Pallangyo could not hide her joy when Travellers across Africa voted Tengeru Cultural Tourism Programme to the Culture and Heritage Preservation Award.

“This win means a whole lot for us, we appreciate it as it gives us further exposure,” Gladness Pallangyo said, after receiving the award from the Tanzanian minister of natural resources and tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu.

Six winners were announced at the event of the Tourism for The Future Awards Africa, which partnered with several sponsors to recognize the best in the tourism industry, across six categories.

The awards, according to Vanessa Baldwin, one of organizing partner, recognized community based organization (CBOs) that provide socio-economic benefits to the host communities which are meant to secure a sustainable future for the Tourism industry in Africa and to ensure that tourism is a driver of the economy.

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Eco-tourism reports show true figures on cost of travelling

Travelling light can have heavy costs.

A tourist flying economy class from Britain to Kenya and back generates around a tonne of carbon emissions, according to the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

No matter how many times he reuses his towels or sits on a composting toilet when he is there, he could never hope to offset the burning of all that jet fuel.

Does that mean the very notion of “sustainable tourism” is an oxymoron?

The phrase has three possible meanings. The first is ecological. Given the contribution that transport, especially by air, makes to global warming, on this definition it is almost guaranteed to fall short.

The only truly sustainable holiday would be camping in the back garden eating berries, says Harald Zeiss of the Institute for Sustainable Tourism at Harz University in Germany.

The second is social. Ideally, when cultures meet and gain in mutual understanding, the long-­term benefits will be intangible, but real.

The final one is economic. Tourists who step off the beaten track have a chance to help lift the poor out of poverty and encourage them to preserve their environments for financial gain.

The question is how much weight to give to each. According to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), a United Nations agency, 1.1 billion international trips were made in 2014, a 4.4 per cent increase on the year before.

As popular destinations become overcrowded, more people seek places that remain comparatively unspoilt. But pristine wildernesses don’t stay pristine for long once they are on the holiday trail. The paradox of sustainable tourism is that it can be “both a destroyer of nature and an agent for its conservation”, notes Andrew Holden of Bedfordshire University in Britain.

Keeping resorts small, and perhaps even temporary, can help resolve that paradox of conservation.

Maurice Phillips and Geri Mitchell opened Sandele, an eco-­resort, in Gambia in 2008. Locals are too often persuaded to sell their land to developers for less than it is worth, says Phillips, and villages can vanish once the hotels go up.

LOCAL INVOLVEMENT

Instead, he leased the land for Sandele from villagers, and employs them in the resort. When the lease runs out in 20 years’ time, the property will revert to locals, who should by then have the skills to manage it.

The pair also run courses for locals, including on how to make “rocket stoves” that require very little wood for fuel, thereby reducing deforestation.

Those on larger ­scale eco­tourism packages may be doing good in other ways. Concentrating large numbers of visitors in a single location increases their local impact – which can be for the better.

If a resort buys local food, says Zeiss, or invests in renewable­ energy generation that can be used by those who live nearby, then the surrounding area can receive a boost.

But hotels must seek ways to mitigate their negative effects. Though signs suggesting that guests can help “save the planet” by re­using their towels overstate the case, water­guzzling is one of the biggest evils of mass tourism.

An analysis by Thomas Cook, a large holiday firm, suggests that on average each tourist around the world accounts for around 350 litres of water per day by showering, using the swimming pool and the like – which rises to 6000 litres when indirect use such as food production is added. In Greece, for example, each tourist directly uses around three­-fifths more water than a local.

Being more frugal with water can boost comanies’ profits. TUI, another big travel company, says it saved €2.2 million ($3.5 million) in 2014 by cutting energy and water use at 43 of its hotels.

But often it is the guests themselves who kick against energy-­saving initiatives. To stop patrons leaving lights and air­conditioning on when they are out, many hotels have keycards that control the electrics in rooms.

Yet some report that guests override the system by inserting a business card into the control slot before heading out, rather than waiting to recharge portable devices or put up with a stuffy room for a few minutes on their return.

Overall, the benefits of sustainable tourism outweigh the harms, thinks Dirk Glaesser of UNWTO. And Zeiss argues that the most unnecessary flights are taken not by tourists but by businessfolk who fly abroad for a toe-­touch meeting that could easily have been replaced by a video­call, and then fly home the same day.

Perhaps.

But it is unclear how many such trips actually occur. Executives already have an incentive to avoid unnecessary business travel – it is less fun than the frivolous sort.

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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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