Special WTM AFRICA 2015 edition

Filed in 2015, Uncategorized by on April 10, 2015

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, the Responsible Tourism
in Destinations Cape Town Conference that precedes it and the inaugural African
Responsible Tourism Awards. We profile speakers and panelists, programmes and topics
of discussion as well as the complete Long List of nominees for the African Responsible
Tourism Awards… and the winners!

Responsible Traveller digital mag has the privilige of being a media partner for both
events, 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 responsible tourism destinations and those who blog about it.

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.



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