Mar 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:30 AM, Mar 24, 2017

South Africa wins Tourism Awards

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."


South Africa’s Tourism Minister to attend World Travel Market

ABN – A delegation of South African tourism marketers and product owners will attend the World Travel Market (WTM) expedition this week in London alongside the South African Tourism minister Derek Hanekom.

The expedition is one of the largest tourism trade platforms in the world and houses 5,000 visitors from 186 countries.

Around 50,000 people are expected to attend the five-day event including travel agencies, airlines, technology providers, government ministers, global industry leaders and many more.

Those representing South Africa at the event are government representatives, South African Tourism, provincial and local government tourism marketing authorities, and a range of tourism and travel owners and providers.

Minister Hanekom said: “The UK is more than just an important market for South Africa. With just under 500 000 arrivals from the UK in 2013, this market remains our largest overseas source market.

“We will be promoting the variety of experiences we offer in South Africa, and build on our reputation as a unique, diverse, friendly and accessible destination.

“We want to grow the tourism industry in a way that creates more opportunities for all our people and is sustainable well into the future.”

The minister will also take part in the Ministerial Summit attended by tourism ministers and global industry leaders to explore international best practice.

South African Tourism launches Gandhi tourist attraction

ABN – 24/10/2014 – A new Gandhi-inspired tourist attraction has been launched by South African Tourism.

The project identifies the 13 places that were important in Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s tenure in the country.

It was launched at the Satyagraha House hotel – once a home that Gandhi stayed in Johannesburg.

South African Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima said: “The Gandhi-Inspired tourist attraction makes Mahatma’s South Africa accessible to people who want to understand how this country shaped his conscience, his service to humanity and his great contribution to world history.”

Gandhi developed his Satyagraha principles during his 21 years in South Africa and before returning to India he lead residents to oppose racial discrimination.

The company launched a Gandhi webpage alongside the tour, which gives details of Gandhi-related sites across South Africa.

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