The Powerful Force Of Responsible Tourism In Africa


South Africa rules the Africa Responsible Tourism Awards (ARTA), as more than two thirds of the long-listed tourist organisations, initiatives, businesses and projects for the upcoming African Responsible Tourism Awards are based in the southernmost tip of the continent.

The final awards will be announced in Cape Town as part of the Africa Travel Week, taking place from 6 to 8 April 2016. The competition awards responsible tourist initiatives that take responsibility for the environment of African destinations and the local citizens. “We want to celebrate the shining stars of responsible tourism – the individuals, organisations and destinations working innovatively with local cultures, communities and biodiversity,” ARTA said.

Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook.

Source: Maja Vadum Larsen. Image: Istock



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