7 #responsibletourism reasons attend WTM Africa

RHS Panel Banner (250x250)_2Besides being a great space for travel professionals to network, negotiate and discover new products, WTM Africa offers a wealth of opportunities for visitors to learn and engage around the topic of responsible tourism. In keeping with the ethos of the World Travel Market (WTM) brand, WTM Africa seeks to drive the responsible tourism agenda forward through informative seminars and panel discussions thereby spreading sustainable practices and ethical methods within the travel industry. A highlight of the responsible tourism programme is the Africa Responsible Tourism Awards.

And the 7 responsible tourism programme items are…

1. Responsible Tourism – Market Access for Small and Emerging Enterprises

Soweto Outdoor Adventures - pic www.heritagecollection.co.za19 Apr 2017, 11:30 – 12:15

Venue – Conference Theatre

As the demand for experiential tourism grows in the source markets there is an increasing need for destinations to provide a rich diversity of products and experiences. Disintermediation with the growth of sites like TripAdvisor, Airbnb and Viator has eased market access. In this session we shall explore what these trends mean destinations and at the barriers to access which remain to be overcome for small and emerging enterprises.

Moderator: Harold Goodwin, WTM Responsible Tourism AdvisorHarold is Professor of Responsible Tourism Management at Manchester Metropolitan University Harold researches on tourism, local economic development…

Speakers: Enver Mally, Director, African Eagle Day Tours & Chairman of the Board of Cape Town Tourism; Kgomotso Pooe, Director, Soweto Outdoor Adventures 

 

2. The Seychelles Islands – Nature’s best kept secret

Seychelles19 Apr 2017, 12:30 – 13:15

Venue – Outbound Theatre

When there is a pressing global concern for environmental issues such as the adverse effects of climate change, the Seychelles is playing a proactive role as a small island state to uphold eco-tourism at local and regional level.

Speaker: David Germain – Director for Africa & the Americas Seychelles Tourism Board

 

3. Transparent environmental sustainability transformation of the tourism industry

Hotel Verde19 Apr 2017, 12:30 – 13:15

Venue – Press Conference Th.

Environmental sustainability transformation of the tourism industry requires credible, transparent, easy-to-understand and simple solutions that industry participants can adopt without significant human resources and capital investment. Using existing case studies, Leonard will showcase a carbon mitigation solution based on Distributed Ledger (Blockchain) Technology that reduces emissions, creates differentiated value, builds brand equity and increases market share at no direct cost.

Speaker: Leonard Harley – Group Managing Director, impactChoice

 

4. Just a Drop: Sustainable Development in Action

Just a drop19 Apr 2017, 14:30 – 15:15

Venue – Press Conference Th.

Hear how former World Travel Market Chairman, Fiona Jeffery OBE, encouraged the travel industry to give back by setting up international water development charity Just a Drop; which brings sustainable clean water and sanitation projects to communities in need across the globe.

Speaker: Louise Geoghegan, Events Manager, Just a Drop

 

5. Responsible Tourism – Sustainable Development Goals

20 Apr 2017, 14:30 – 15:15

Venue – Conference Theatre

2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Development through Tourism and tourism is explicitly mentioned in three of the seventeen SDGs which run to 2030. Your panel will explore what the SDGs mean for the travel and tourism sector and share with you their views about how the SDGs can be used by your business or by destinations. How can you best use the SDG? Does it make business sense?

Moderator: Harold Goodwin, Responsible Tourism Advisor, World Travel Market

Speakers: Glynn O’Leary, CEO, Transfrontier Parks Destinations; Dr Sue Snyman, Group Community Development and Culture Manager, Wilderness Safaris.

 

6. African Responsible Tourism Awards

Responsible Tourism cropped20 Apr 2017, 16:30 – 17:15

Venue – Conference Theatre

Heroes of responsible tourism in Africa will be honoured at the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards. Following the success of the inaugural event in 2015, this event continues to form part of the prestigious World Responsible Tourism Awards, the world’s most respected responsible tourism awards. Winners of the African awards will automatically be entered into the global awards which take place at World Travel Market in London each November.

With its unique natural and cultural landscapes, Africa offers many opportunities for responsible tourism. Tourism organisations are already growing tourism that preserves, respects and benefits African destinations and African people. The African Responsible Tourism Awards aims to celebrate the efforts made by individuals, organisations and destinations in Africa. The awards also aim to inspire change in the African tourism industry.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony hosted as part of the Africa Travel Week.

 

7. Responsible Tourism: Cultural Heritage and Tourism in Africa

Music makers and instruments - Madi a Thavha21 Apr 2017, 11:30 – 12:15

Venue – Conference Theatre

Africa is the world’s most diverse continent and some of its countries are the most diverse in the world. Unfortunately this diversity has not been successfully conveyed in the way in which Africa has been presented and marketed for tourism. How can we present Africa’s cultural and natural diversity better and attract more visitors to enjoy and appreciate the rich lived cultural heritage of Africa? There are business opportunities in cultural heritage – come along and find out about them.

Moderator: Heidi van der Watt, ICRT/Better Tourism Africa

Speakers: Joa-Anne Duggan, Archival Platform; Iain Harris, Coffeebeans Routes

 

 

More reasons to attend WTM Africa:

  • Make the right contacts– WTM Africa is the meeting place for the African travel industry and in 2016 the event facilitated more than 7,615 pre-scheduled meetings
  • Save time and hassle– WTM Africa brings the world to you, so that you can experience a fresh global show tailored to the African market
  • Focus on business– Engage in real value business conversations with the wide range of South African, Sub-Saharan African and International exhibitors who will be showcasing their products and services
  • Have the competitive edge– Join in with the insightful and topical Conference & Event Programme, delivered by top experts covering the latest market trends and giving you inspiration for developing your business
  • Find the latest in travel technology and business travel– by visiting the dedicated areas within WTM Latin America
  • Take advantage of additional benefits– if you’re a senior buyer with direct purchasing responsibility you may qualify to become a member of the WTM Buyers Club and benefit from special networking opportunities

 

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