Welcome to another edition of Responsible Traveller – in this edition we celebrate those that ‘Make a Difference’…

From the winners of the African Responsible Tourism Awards (ARTA) 2018
held at WTM Africa in April, to the tourism industry’s commitment to greening and sustainability. With the ARTA 2018 winners being from a number of African countries, we get to ‘travel’ far and wide and experience their best practice examples of how to do responsible tourism well. Be inspired by their stories and encouraged to take responsibility for your impact on communities, conservation and the environment.

Be moved by history as you read about Sharon Gilbert-Rivett’s visit to Three
Tree Hill Lodge on the KZN Battlefields – where community and sustainability are very much a part of what they do – and the Battlefields experience exceptional. Pop into Mauritius with me as I give
feedback on the Digitalisation and Sustainability Conference held recently…
and ’live like a local’ with me as I experience one of Attitude Hotels great
Otentik Experiences, dining with a local. Learn all about foraging from Chef Chris Pead at the Great White House in Kleinbaai, the desalination process at the Westin in Cape Town and the benefits of recycling glass and the growing trend of saying ‘no to the straw’ from the tourism industry.

But as I always say, 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.

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