ABN – South African hospitality facilities won awards at the World Responsible Tourism Awards held in London on Wednesday.
The promotion of cultural integrity and environmental protection through the development of quality tourism products was the main aspect the awards were focusing on.
Cape Town-based Hotel Verde won Gold for the Best City hotel for Responsible Tourism, the V&A Waterfront won Gold for the Best Destination for Responsible Tourism, and South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance won Gold for Best Global Animal Welfare Initiative.
South African Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said: "These awards are significant for the entire Tourism industry in South Africa.
“It shows that South Africa is taking its place as a world leader in responsible tourism."
After Brazil, South Africa was the second country in the world to develop National Minimum Standards for Responsible Tourism.
Hanekom concluded: "While we welcome the additional contribution that this will make to the national economy, and the creation of more jobs in tourism.
“We must manage the physical footprint of the projected growth responsibly, especially its potential impact on local culture and ecosystems."