Western Cape: A Global Leader in Responsible Tourism

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The Western Cape has emerged as a global leader in responsible tourism, driven by its unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible practices. This commitment was recently highlighted at the WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Awards, where several Western Cape-based organizations were recognized for their outstanding efforts. These awards celebrate and champion the best practices in responsible tourism across the continent.


Let’s take a closer look at the provincial winners:


1.    Nature Positive Category:



  • !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre: This organization received a silver award for its dedication to promoting a regenerative approach to tourism. Located in the endangered Fynbos, !Khwa ttu restored the land, removed invasive species, and reintroduced important species like the Eland. Their commitment to biodiversity conservation sets an inspiring example 1.
  • Plett Ocean Festival: Although not a winner this time, the judges recognized it as “one to watch.” The festival’s focus on nature positivity aligns with responsible tourism principles.

2.    Employing and Upskilling Local Communities:


  • Grootbos Private Reserve and the Green Futures College: Together, they secured a gold award for their efforts in employing and upskilling local communities. By integrating education and conservation, they contribute to the well-being of both people and nature.

3.    Making Tourism Inclusive:


  • Warrior on Wheels Foundation: Based in Cape Town, this organization received a gold award for its commitment to making tourism accessible to everyone. Their work ensures that people with disabilities can enjoy the beauty of the Western Cape.

4.    What Are You Doing About Climate Change?:


  • Century City Conference Centre: This venue received a silver award for its initiatives related to climate change. Their efforts contribute to a more sustainable and resilient tourism industry.


Share Your Western Cape Sustainability Story: Are you a Western Cape-based tourism enterprise? Do you have a sustainability story to tell? Participate in a short survey and let us know how you’re contributing to responsible tourism. 


Link: https://forms.office.com/r/Ja9wXPiX32