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Understanding Environmental Tourism – Part 1

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This series on Environmental Tourism is published in three parts. Part 1 deals with the main impact areas of Environmental Tourism. Environmental Tourism, – also referred to as Ecotourism, Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Tourism – are terms rooted in the ...

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Understanding Environmental Tourism – Part 3

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Part 1 in this series covered environmental impacts, while Part 2 dealt with the environmental impacts of tourism from a global perspective. Part 3, deals with the environmental conservation aspect of tourism. Tourism and Environmental Conservation The tourism industry can contribute to ...

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Tented Adventures

Committed to low impact environmental and eco-friendly accommodation, Tented Adventures’ Pilanesberg National Park Safari Camp, and Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park are perfectly positioned with minimal permanent structures within their respective campgrounds. The ‘Glamping’ experience that Tented ...

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Tenikwa Wildlife Rehab Centre

Fair Trade Tourism certifiedTenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre, a non-profit organisation located close to Plettenberg Bay, uses tourism as a platform to raise awareness about threats facing South Africa’s indigenous wild cats, using the funds it generates from tourism ...

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Sibuya Game Reserve

Aerial view of Sibuya Game Reserve

Located on the coast at Kenton on Sea in the Eastern Cape and spanning the magnificent Kariega Estuary on its course to meet the warm Indian Ocean, the malaria-free Sibuya Game Reserve, Tented Camps and Lodge is South Africa’s only ...

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State of Democracy Report Reveals Challenges in Africa

Cover graphic of the Global State of Democracy Report 2019

ADDIS ABABA, 18 February 2020 – The Global State of Democracy (GSoD) 2019: Addressing the Ills, Reviving the Promise – the second edition of the flagship report of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) – launched ...

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Sustainable Tourism at WTM Africa

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Cape Town. 18 February 2020 – WTM Africa 2020 is tackling sustainable tourism at macro and micro levels this year, by lining up a number of eco-conscious initiatives alongside recognising game-changing sustainability practices in the African travel industry. Update: 13 ...

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Environmental Risks: The Worlds Biggest Challenge

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The top five biggest challenges facing the world over the next decade are, for the first time, all related to the environment, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2020. The report, based on a survey of more than ...

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World’s Longest Walkathon to Promote Sustainable Tourism in Africa

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CAPE TOWN, 01 January 2020 – Walk4Africa, a continent-wide public participation multi-stage coastal beach walking event, aims to become the largest and longest walkathon in the world when it launches on 27 September 2020 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape ...

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What is Ecotourism?

Eco-tourists at Vallee de Mai in Seychelles

The term ecotourism dates back to the 80s when people became aware that planet Earth is in danger and that they need to take better care of it. Once humanity had realised the harmful effects our behaviour has on the ...

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Ecotourism: A Case Study

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that tourists who participate in ecotourism activities want reassurance that their host follows defined ecotourism principles. By Des Langkilde. Ecotourism Definitions In his book ‘Ecotourism: An Academic Definition’ (1999 ...

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How to source local fair trade goods and products

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Most tourism service suppliers want to support locally produced goods and products that ascribe to fair trade principles, but actually finding them is another matter. Until now, that is. That’s because Fair Trade Tourism has partnered with the World Fair ...

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Major Boost for Responsible Tourism in Conservation

game drive at Timbavati

The signing of a historic Cooperative Agreement between Kruger National Park and private reserves, state reserves and communal areas on the border of the park is seen as a major boost for responsible tourism in conservation across Africa. According to ...

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UNWTO Awards Finalists Announced

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Madrid, Spain, 21 December 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced the finalists to win the 15th UNWTO Awards, which recognize inspirational projects that have made an invaluable contribution to advance sustainable tourism. The nominees are praised for ...

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Stormsriver Adventures Wins Sustainable Tourism Awards

MOMBASA, Kenya, 18 October 2018 – Stormsriver Adventures has been awarded two Sustainable Tourism accolades presented during the Opening Ceremony of the 79th Skål World Congress in Mombasa today. The awards were attained in the 2018 Skål International ‘Tour Operators and Travel ...

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Waste Not Want Not!

CAPE TOWN, 04 September 2018 – The tourism and hospitality industry is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing economic sectors globally, which is proving to have a serious, negative impact on the environment. It is incumbent on hotels and businesses ...

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Cape Town: A Sustainable Tourism Destination

CAPE TOWN, 17 July 2018 –  Despite the heavy rains and Western Cape dams filling up considerably, the risk of a continued drought over the next few years still remains a reality. Due to the significant knock that the local hospitality ...

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The Importance of Responsible Tourism in Africa

Tourism, wherever it is aimed, brings with it challenges and can have a negative impact on the local area and people. Responsible tourism is a theory and methodology that is committed to ensuring that tourism is carried out in a ...

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5 Ways to Make Your African Vacation Greener

Sustainable tourism means that you leave as little of a carbon footprint as possible when you are vacationing. A green vacation may seem at first like a difficult task when travelling to remote destinations like some of those in Africa, but ...

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Pennyroyal Launches Best of Zanzibar Eco Initiative

Times are changing and so is the face of global tourism. Gone are the days of heady excess and reckless abandon. Now, a new generation of mostly millennial socially and environmentally conscious travellers not only want to see the world ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Acajou Beach Resort

Dating back to its opening in 1996, the Acajou Beach Resort has had ecology at the heart of its ethos. The hotel is named after the French word for ‘mahogany’ in reference to the natural timber-themed design of its construction, ...

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Green Destinations to Present Mass Tourism Solutions

New approaches to tourism are urgently required to stop the trend of mass tourism becoming increasingly intrusive and disruptive to local communities. On the occasion of World Tourism Day and the launch of the 2017 Sustainable Destinations Top 100, Green ...

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Ford Provides Grants for Conservation in Africa

PRETORIA, South Africa – Conservation and related education projects in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania have gained new impetus following the provision of $ 20 000 (USD) grants to leading environmental organisations by the Ford Motor Company. Ford Motor Company has ...

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Grootbos Reaffirms Fair Trade Principles

The pristine Grootbos Private Nature Reserve overlooking Walker Bay near Hermanus has been recertified by Fair Trade Tourism, demonstrating its commitment to the responsible tourism portfolio which boasts nearly 200 products in Africa. Grootbos is an established leader in the ...

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Tourism Growth is Not the Enemy

In recent months, reports from around the world have spoken of ‘tourism-phobia’, showing pictures of citizens protesting against the ‘invasion of tourists’ and the expulsion of locals by tourism businesses. But tourism growth is not the enemy; it’s how we ...

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6 Tips for Responsible Travel

While South Africans are by no means in the same league as other international tourists we can all do our part in creating a more sustainable tourism culture that not only benefits the economy but the environment too. It’s no ...

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Eco-Friendly Tours: Coffeebeans Routes

Travel is about sharing experiences and few tour operators enable guests to immerse themselves in South Africa’s extraordinary mix of culture and creativity better than Coffeebeans Routes. Established in 2005, Coffeebeans has created a formidable reputation as a cultural and ...

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Eco-Friendly Guesthouse: Parker Cottage

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Parker Cottage in the heart of Cape Town’s City Bowl is more than just another bed-and-breakfast hospitality establishment set in a heritage (circa 1895) building. It’s arguably the greenest heritage building in the city and the country for that matter. The ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Spier

As one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms and a well-known Western Cape landmark, Spier is passionate about the environment and supporting the local community. It regularly buys from and supports trusted local suppliers, and its philosophy is to make ...

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Celebrating Lalibela’s Economic Impact

Bucking the trend of gloomy economic forecasts for South Africa, Lalibela Game Reserves’s positive impact on the Eastern Cape tourism economy over the past year provides ample cause for celebration. This article explores the impressive achievements that have contributed to ...

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Thrivability in Green Hotel Development

The lessons learned in sustainable development and marketing of ‘Africa’s Greenest Hotel’ in Cape Town and ‘Zanzibar’s Greenest Resort’ in Tanzania is now being offered as a turnkey solution for hospitality investors worldwide through Verde Hotels. By Des Langkilde. Hotelier ...

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Eco-Friendly Game Reserve: Shamwari

Shamwari Game Reserve, the pride of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, is one of the largest malaria-free Big-5 private game reserves in the region, offering 6 distinctive lodges and the seasonal Explorer Camp – a two-day walking safari in tented ...

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Eco-Friendly Adventures: Marine Dynamics

Taking eco-tourists on captivating trips at sea to cage dive with Great White Sharks and meet the rest of the Marine Big 5 is only a glimpse of many things that Marine Dynamics do to protect and conserve the critically ...

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Tips on Greening your Tourism Business

The tourism industry is often subjected to fads and fashions, and businesses struggle to keep up with these rapidly changing requirements – often for nought, because customers quickly move on to the next craze. But environmental friendliness is a trend ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Karongwe Portfolio

Karongwe Portfolio consists of six luxury lodges set in the 9000-hectare Karongwe Private Game Reserve, bordering the Makutsi, Lourene, and Greater Makalali game reserves near Tzaneen in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. What sets Karongwe apart from similar properties in the ...

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Hotel Verde

Hotel Verde, situated at the Cape Town International Airport has recently been certified by Fair Trade Tourism – a prestigious accolade for both Hotel Verde and tourism in South Africa, showing leadership in the rapidly growing ‘green experience’ tourism market. ...

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Eco-Friendly Lodges: Jaci’s Lodges

Jaci’s Lodges is the epitome of eco-friendly luxury safaris in South Africa’s Big-5 Madikwe Game Reserve. Jaci’s promises an authentic, friendly and welcoming safari experience for eco-conscious guests. Jaci’s Lodges takes its commitment to sustainable tourism to heart. Aside from ...

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Fair Trade Tourism Joins #IYSTD2017 Initiative

Fair Trade Tourism has partnered with TourismTattler.com in supporting Africa’s contribution to the aims and aspirations of the UNWTO 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (#IYSTD2017).  Through a series of features published throughout this year under the theme ...

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Africa Wins at 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Africa has dominated the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards winners, with Botswana and Kenya taking top honours in two of the five categories. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrates inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from ...

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Blood Lions & Coffee Shack Win ARTA17

Cape Town, 20 April 2017 – A hard-hitting documentary on the plight of lions in tourism and a small backpacker lodge with ample impact were announced Joint Overall Winners this afternoon at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 , sponsored ...

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#EarthDay2017 Nurturing Environmental Literacy

The theme of this year’s Earth Day (Saturday 22nd April) #EarthDay2017 is Environmental & Climate Literacy, something Scotland’s green destination Comrie Croft excels at.   The award-winning eco project set on a 250-acre site on a hillside in Perthshire boasts ...

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Grootbos: A Global Ecosphere Retreat for The Long Run

As a member of The Long Run and an accredited Global Ecosphere Retreats® (GER®) member, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve has undergone all the necessary steps of the rigorous GER® recognition process. Grootbos joined The Long Run in 2015 and has ...

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Advancing Sustainable Tourism in Africa

As an international influence for travel in the content of Africa, TourismTattler.com has joined global media in promoting the aims and aspirations of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. Through a series of editorial features published throughout ...

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Eco-Friendly Sustainable Tourism Icons

Launching Africa’s sustainable tourism gems this month with a selection of eco-friendly hotels and lodges, Tourism Tattler has partnered with Eco Atlas – an award winning eco-travel choice website. Where an eco-friendly property is featured in Tourism Tattler, we’ve shown ...

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Sustainable Tourism Marketing: Interview with Lalibela

With 2017 being the UNWTO International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, I wanted to find out how a Big-5 safari attraction implements sustainable tourism practices and markets these attributes to guests and suppliers. By Des Langkilde. According to UNWTO, ...

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#ARTA17 Finalists Announced

A community-based camp located in remote Namibia, two backpackers and a mountain bike tour in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Area are among the organisations selected as finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards (#ARTA17) – sponsored by Wesgro and ...

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How to Apply Responsible Tourism Practices

The benefits derived from responsible tourism practices are well documented, but in practice the implementation of these principles can be a nightmare for the uninitiated. In this article Des Langkilde looks at how Responsible Tourism practices can be implemented. Being ...

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STPP – Network Events

The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme will be presenting a number of workshops during 5 and 6 March 2014 at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River, Mpumalanga. Workshop 1: Introduction the Sustainable Tourism, the Value of a Tourist and Practical ...

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Sustainable Tourism Hits the Road

The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STPP) road show addressing small businesses, and in particular, small accommodation establishments, kicked off in Potchefstroom last week. The next stage of the road show will visit Beaufort West, Knysna, Graaff-Reinet and Colesberg from 25 ...

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