Industry Blog – Responsible Tourism

Responsible tourism: Unlocking the potential

As tourism grows to join the ranks of the world’s major commercial industries, so do the questions around the impact this industry has on our fragile world and its people. Tourism can do as much or not more harm than good if not developed and managed responsibly.

 

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Earth Hour 2011

In 2010 Earth Hour reached more than a billion people. Hundreds of millions of participants worldwide switched their lights off for one hour, including many world famous landmarks like Table Mountain and the Eiffel Tower,  as a symbolic gesture to demonstrate their commitment to combating climate change.

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Cape Town Tourism: Being future-fit for tourism

Dear tourism friends and colleagues

Cape Town Tourism is one of the largest voluntary industry associations in the world with more than 2 000 members and our visitor strategy is recognised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation for global best practice. In the past five years, Cape Town Tourism’s focus has expanded to include destination marketing, managing the perception of Cape Town and ensuring the successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ to maximise economic benefits and promotion for Cape Town.

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Creating responsible Cape Town: Transport and safety are critical

As part of celebrating Responsible Tourism Week and driving conversation around ways to make Cape Town a better place to live in and a much more meaningful place to visit, we asked for your thoughts on responsible tourism initiatives in the city. Here’s one response, from Sarah Anne Makin, who has travelled extensively, now lives in London, but still sees the Mother City as home.

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Crucial responsible tourism steps for Cape Town

As part of celebrating Responsible Tourism Week and driving conversation around ways to make Cape Town a better place to live in and a much more meaningful place to visit, we asked for your thoughts on responsible tourism initiatives in the city. Here’s one response, from Jessy Lipperts.

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Responsible tourism must be the foundation of tourism development

As tourism grows to join the ranks of the world’s major commercial industries, so do the questions around the impact this industry has on our fragile world and its people. Tourism can do as much harm as good – if not more – if not developed and managed responsibly. The world is rife with examples.

 

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Help Cape Town fall in love with responsible tourism!

The dates are set for the 2011 Responsible Tourism Week. This unconventional, online “unconference” begins next week, on Valentine’s Day (February 14), and continues until February 18, 2011.

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Climate change and tourism

In recent months, extreme weather conditions have meant that several tourism patterns have felt the pressure. Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, comments on this state of affairs.

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Tourism must go green says UN World Tourism Organisation

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) hopes to contribute to creating a greener and more sustainable global economy, and discussed the how to do this at the T20 Ministers’ Meeting in Johannesburg this week.

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