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May 25, 2010

Be a responsible tourist at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

khayelitsha craft

Please support local enterprises such as the Khayelitsha Craft Market. Photo courtesy World Bank

Cape Town Tourism looks forward to greeting visitors during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, which starts on June 11. We have prepared some tips to help make you a more responsible tourist while you are here.

10 tips to be responsible in our communities

1. Research the culture of the area you intend to visit before arriving at your destination.

2. Talk to locals, make use of local tour guides and stay in accommodation establishments that have invested in the local community.

3. Learn some of the local language. A simple greeting and thank you in the local language will see you embraced as a guest and not only a visitor. 

4. Respect the dignity and privacy of others. Please ask permission before you take a photo.

5. Rather than giving money to beggars and street children, make an effort to donate to a local charity which supports community projects. Ask Cape Town Tourism to recommend a reputable organisation.

6. Purchase souvenirs directly from community markets and craftsmen so that the money goes directly to local businesses.

7. Take your taste buds on a journey by experiencing local and regional cuisine, giving you insight into the culture of the area and simultaneously supporting the local economy.

8. Practice safe and responsible sex.  Ensure the safety of children by reporting suspected exploitation or prostitution. 

9. Question establishments where children of school-going age are working

10. Bargaining for goods may not always be appropriate behaviour but if the price is negotiable, pay a price that is fair for the seller and maker.

10 tips to be responsible towards our environment

1. Please use water as efficiently as possible. Drink tap water. South Africa’s tap-water quality is ranked as third-best in the world. Do not leave your towels in your hotel room to be washed if this is not necessary. Try to use biodegradable shampoos and soaps.

2. Take care not to start a fire with your cigarette butts or matches.

3. Please use electricity as efficiently as possible. Switch off the lights, electric fan, air conditioner and television when leaving the room.

4. Do not approach or feed baboons. They are wild and potentially dangerous.

5. Do not take keepsakes like shells and indigenous flowers from the natural surroundings.

6. When driving or hiking, stick to marked paths and roads.

7. Make sure the seafood you want to buy and eat is not on the endangered species list.  If you have any doubts, text the name of the fish to +27 79 499 8795 and you will receive an answer within seconds.

8. Dispose of rubbish carefully, recycle where possible and reuse your beverage bottles and shopping bags.

9. Make use of public transport whenever possible or take a walking tour.

10. Holiday closer to home or offset your carbon footprint by planting a tree or buying local produce (possible at some of the great local organic markets in Cape Town).

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