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Going on a vacation can often make a large difference to the impact that one has upon the environment.  The carbon emissions from air and road travel are well known but some of the other issues such as the environmental cost of constructing and running luxury hotels and the impact on the local communities, resources and the local fauna and flora are less obvious. By Chris Naude.

Eco-friendly tourism can play a huge role in reducing the environmental impact of your holiday without foregoing the luxury or the experience that is expected from holiday travel.

It is therefore with great enthusiasm that The Green Expo in association with National Geographic channels welcomes the Tourism Tattler as a media partner.

Southern Africa has many eco-friendly destinations to choose from and we have so many hotels, lodges and guest houses that not only minimise their own carbon emissions and environmental impact but also place the visitor in the midst of the magnificence of Africa to witness some of the last remaining pristine spaces of the world.

These establishments are those that have energy and water saving processes and recycle or compost their waste.  Most will source their food locally and in some cases they grow their own vegetables.

The majority of them will also support in some way the biodiversity of the area and campaign for the benefit of endangered species.

Very few visitors come away unaffected by such an experience and since many tourist destinations and operators will be affected by climate change in the coming years, we would like you to join us and promote Eco-friendly tourism as a driver of change and make it a conscious decision for all holidaymakers.

The Green Expo will run from 1-3 November at the Sandton Convention Centre and from 30 November – 1 December at the CTICC in Cape Town

Contact Chris to find out how to promote your destinations or tourist services at The Green Expo. Tel: 021 689 3262 or email: info@thegreenexpo.co.za

For more information visit www.thegreenexpo.co.za