Welcome to a very special edition of Responsible Traveller.

This edition is about celebrating champions…

The champions of responsible tourism in Africa – and no better way to do that than by
highlighting all aspects of responsible tourism at WTM Africa, starting with a jam-packed responsible tourism programme and then the second edition of the African Responsible Tourism Awards – #ARTA16. We profile programmes and topics of discussion as well as the complete Long List of nominees for the African Responsible Tourism Awards… as well as a link to the winners, to be announced on the 7 April 2016.

Responsible Traveller digital mag has the privilige of being a media partner for both
WTM Africa and #ARTA16, and compiling this edition has made me exceptionally proud to be part of this change for good within the tourism industry . I am honoured to be able to learn from the best and look forward sharing this in the next edition. But for now, journey with me across Africa as we take a peek at some of the initiatives of the tourism businesses on the Long List – from champions of conservation, poverty reduction and resource management to the best operators for people with disabilities.

But as I have said on numerous occasions, the responsibility of being a responsible
traveller lies ultimately with the person travelling and the choices they make. It’s about
choosing to not waste water, to switch off when you leave the room, to stay, shop,
experience and eat local… thereby providing employment and contributing to the local
economy. By choosing to have conversations with locals and experiencing the ‘real’
destination, you add value and return home with irreplaceable memories.

Enjoy the read… and be the difference.

Read the digital mag HERE