The finalists for the 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards have been announced and 11 of them are based here in SA.
Each year World Travel Market Africa hosts the awards to honour those who are demonstrating how tourism can benefit the local community, environment and destinations. The judges have whittled down the long list of 36 tourism organisations to 15 finalists.
Here are this year’s finalists
- !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, South Africa
- Anvil Bay, Mozambique
- Cape Town Marathon, South Africa
- Dorobo Tours and Safaris, Tanzania
- Events Greening Forum 2018 Conference & Master Class, South Africa
- GCIP-SA Annual Awards 2017, South Africa
- Great Plains Conservation Sapi Reserve, Zimbabwe
- Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
- Mdumbi Green Fair Music Festival, South Africa
- Meetings Africa, South Africa
- Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary, South Africa
- Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company, South Africa
- Two Oceans Aquarium, South Africa
- Ultimate Safaris’ //HUAB Under Canvas, Namibia
- WOWZULU Isandlwana, South Africa
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The winners will be announced on 10 April during the WTM Africa conference in Cape Town.
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The judging panel includes founder of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism Prof. Harold Goodwin, Darryl Erasmus of South African Tourism, CEO of the Heritage Environmental Management Company Greg McManus, CEO of The Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct Dawn Robertson, managing director of Better Tourism Africa and Institute of Development Studies at Massey University Heidi van der Watt, independent sustainable tourism consultant Sisco Auala, Head of Conservation at the Endangered Wildlife Trust Dr. Harriet Davies-Mostert, director of Responsible Tourism at the South African Department of Tourism Bekithemba Langalibalele, general manager of Faircity Hotel Roodevalley Adriaan Liebetrau, portfolio general manager of Reed Exhibitions Megan Oberholzer and regional manager of National Cleaner Production Centre SA Lee-Hendor Ruiters.
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