Cape Town Tourism loves Responsible Tourism Week at Valentine’s Day Information Session

Love was in the air on Valentine’s Day … love for responsible tourism, that is, at the Cape Town Tourism Information Session at the Cullinan Hotel on the Foreshore on Thursday 14 February, 2013.

The session featured a panel of esteemed speakers, including Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, who provided in-depth background about responsible tourism; Theuns Vivian, Manager: Destination Development, Destination Marketing, Tourism Industry Liaison, who gave a historical overview of the City of Cape Town's responsible tourism intiatives; and Dr Louise de Waal of Uluntu Africa Tours and Colin Devenish, the V&A Waterfront’s operations manager, who presented their companies’ best-practice cases.

“If Cape Town is to be a great and sustainable place to visit, it needs to first be a great place to live in. Responsible tourism therefore involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances,” said Du Toit-Helmbold.

De Waal encouraged and inspired businesses to start small by implementing a “reduce, reuse and recycle“ waste management system, by using natural light for offices, running a paperless office, and procuring services and items from community businesses.

Devenish expanded on the V&A Waterfront’s exciting R30-million energy-saving project, including light installation controls, the establishment of a sustainability committee and an air-conditioning system that uses seawater, that has been implemented by the Waterfront's enthusiastic staff since 2008. These endeavours have paid off, as the V&A Waterfront was named the City of Cape Town’s Energy Efficient Award 2012 winner.

Download the  speakers ' presentations here:  


We chatted to Cape Town Tourism members Mother City Hikers and the Cape Point Partnership, as well our team member Adrian Solomons, about what they learnt at the information centre and why they #LoveCapeTown:

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