Responsible tourism in Cape Town

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Cape Town - Fedhasa Cape is a partner of the Cape Town Responsible Tourism Charter.

The charter was pioneered by the City of Cape Town to simultaneously maximise economic, social and environmental benefits as well as minimising costs to destinations through responsible tourism.

Great milestones have been achieved by Fedhasa Cape members in this regards.

“Since my departure as MD of the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) in 2010, much has been achieved by the hospitality industry in championing responsible tourism," said Fedhasa Cape board member and past chair Dirk Elzinga.

Cape Town won the global Responsible Tourism Award in 2009 (of which Fedhasa Cape was one of the pioneers) and subsequently the national department of tourism has also implemented an award dedicated to responsible tourism at the 2013 Lilizela Awards.

There is also the “Responsible Tourism Week” campaign run by Cape Town Tourism that is hugely successful.

Collectively this shows the importance that the industry is placing on responsible tourism, said Elzinga.

The CTICC is the first convention centre in the world to introduce and implement sustainable initiatives aligned to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework for two years in a row.

The CTICC also won the UFI 2013 Sustainable Development Award, beating many to get the Best Reporting on Sustainability title in Switzerland.
 
Local Fedhasa members who have been honoured for responsible tourism includes the Southern Sun in Newlands, Cape Town, for its single resource management programme for energy conservation.

Hilton Cape Town City Centre has also embarked on eco-friendly conservation efforts for responsible tourism.

It has an on-going commitment to waste reduction after successfully reducing its landfill output by 73% in just five months.

It is one of only three hotels in South Africa to pioneer and participate in a comprehensive re-lamping exercise.

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