World Responsible Tourism Awards

B Ngcobo

The ANC congratulates all South African winners at the recent World Responsible Tourism Awards, and acknowledges their role in positioning the local tourism industry as a world leader in responsible tourism.

The Hotel Verde in Cape Town (Best City Hotel), the V&A Waterfront (Best Destination), Mdumbi Backpackers in the Eastern Cape (Finalist in the Best for Poverty Reduction category) and the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (Best Global Animal Welfare Initiative and overall winner of the awards) have ensured that South Africa continues to shine under the global spotlight.

The winners of these prestigious awards are an inspiration to all business operators. In their own unique way, each of the winners have illustrated how water conservation, energy management and fair trade practices, especially benefitting host communities, come together to make tourism socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

South Africa`s success indicates that the recent development of National Minimum Standards for Responsible Tourism is bearing fruit as our tourism sector continues to grow from year to year.