September 18, 2013
The Peninsula All Suite Hotel marks Tourism Month with Responsible Tourism
September is World Tourism Month and to observe the period, the staff of The Peninsula All Suite Hotel is organising a beach clean-up along the Atlantic Seaboard. The Peninsula will be “asking guests to participate in the event in the aim of creating awareness of the importance of water conservation and saving the beaches for future generations”.
When asked about what they were doing regarding responsible tourism, The Peninsula All Suite Hotel replied that “practising responsible tourism is important to our organisation as we would like to be the forerunners in reducing our carbon footprint within the hospitality industry”.
The hotel’s involvement doesn’t stop there. For one Thursday morning a month, a team of staff members help with the SOS Children’s Village’s property and grounds upkeep. By doing this, the hotel aims to “improve the quality of lives of the less privileged children at the village”.
One of the core aims of the responsible tourism mandate is sustainable development. When asked about their future plans, particularly in 2014, the Peninsula All Suite stated that their “main objective is to share the initiative around environmental awareness by extending our environmental & social development projects and achievements with other hospitality organisations in Sea Point”.
They went on to add that by implementing their intended plans, they “would like to get other organisations involved in beach clean ups; sold waste recycling; energy saving and water management and responsible tourism goals”.
The hotel also aims to get all of their staff and guests on board in an effort to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. We also asked the hotel what their top 5 water spots in #Love CapeTown were. They answered with:
- Hout Bay Harbour
- The Fountain on the Foreshore
When asked why, they responded that these spots were “frequently visited tourist attractions that have a high impact on the environment and our natural resources. They are also environmentally friendly and eco conscious destinations”.
We #LoveCapeTown so we thought we’d ask the hotel what they loved. Like us they thought “Cape Town is one of the most visited holiday destinations in the world and for good reason. Cape Town’s natural beauty is unlike any other due to the preservation of the Cape Peninsula and surroundings, the endless beach fronts and the untouched landscaping and architecture of the glorious Table Mountain.”
Since responsible tourism is tourism ‘that creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit’. Everything the Peninsula All Suite Hotel is doing so far attests to that.