• African Responsible Tourism award winners

    Ramesh Tiwari
    April 22, 2017
    African Responsible Tourism award winners

    TraavelBizNews —

    Cape Town : WTM Africa discussed issues of MICE tourism , topical trends, insightful case studies and reports on how this industry is evolving on the African continent this week in Cape town.

    “ibtm africa 2017 was once again presented in a new and engaging format this year,” said Chardonnay Marchesi, General Manager of Africa Travel Week, which incorporates ibtm africa.

    The Sports & Events Tourism Exchange is to form an integral part of Africa Travel Week in 2018, a collaboration that will bring together travel professionals and potential sports tourism events, in a bid to increase the number of events hosted on the African continent according to the organizers.

    Meanwhile , WTM Africa 2017 revealed  the winners of African Responsible Tourism Awards. The champions of responsible tourism in Africa were announced as follows:

    •         Overall Winners – Blood Lions and Coffee Shack

    •         Best Accommodation for Social Inclusion supported by Better Tourism Africa:

               –   Gold winner: Coffee Shack Backpackers (South Africa)

               –    Silver: The Backpack (South Africa)

               –    Silver: Wilderness Safaris Damaraland Camp (Namibia)

    •         Best for Engaging People & Culture supported by Transfrontier Parks Destinations

                –   Gold: Ilha Blue Island Safaris (Mozambique)

                 –  Silver: Maboneng Arts (South Africa)

    •         Best for Habitat & Species Conservation supported by Cape Nature

                –  Gold: All Out Africa (Swaziland)

    o       Silver: Wildlife ACT (South Africa)

    •         Best Partnership for Poverty Reduction supported by Africa Ignite

              – Gold winner: Isibindi African Lodges

               – Silver winner: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

    •         Best Responsible Event supported by BulkSMS

              -Gold winner: MTN Bushfire (Swaziland)

              –Silver: Tour de Tuli (Botswana, South Africa & Zimbabwe)

    •         Best Responsible Tourism Campaign supported by Cape Town Pass

               – Gold: Blood Lions (South Africa)

    •         Best Tour Operator for Impact in Urban Areas supported by Marine Dynamics:

              – Gold winner: Uthando (South Africa)

    Source : WTM Africa , April 22, 2017

    • Connecting you with the world of travel and tourism

      What they say

      Tourism is a people’s sector. One in 10 people in the world are directly or indirectly employed by tourism. Ours is the responsibility to ensure that tourism benefits each and every community, leaving no one behind.
      Tourism’s sustained growth brings immense opportunities for economic welfare and development. Yet, it also brings in many challenges. Adapting our sector to the challenges of safety and security, to constant market changes, to digitalization and the limits of our natural resources should be priorities in our common action.
      As we move towards a future guided by the universal 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I take upon me to lead UNWTO with a strong focus on building partnerships with public and private sector, fostering jobs and opportunities for all, mastering technology and innovation and advancing sustainability and the fight against climate change.
      I trust that, together with our Member States and our partners from around the world, we can build a more competitive and responsible tourism sector for the benefit of all. I wish you a very happy 2018.
      Zurab Pololikashvili
      UNWTO Secretary-General

      Beautiful China – Year of Integrated Tourism 2018

      China has declared the year 2018 as “Beautiful China-Year of Integrated Tourism”. The slogans are “New Era, New Tourism, New Achievements”; “Region-based Tourism, Brand New Pursuit” according to CNTA.

      Travel Fairs ( Jan.- April 2018 )

       *Vakantiebeurs  -Tourism and Recreation Fair
      Utrecht, Netherlands, January 10-14 ,2018

      *Ferien-Messe Wien Int’l Tourism Fair Vienna Vienna, Austria, Jan 11-14

      * CMT / CMT – Die Urlaubsmesse Holiday, Caravanning, Motoring and Tourism , Stuttgart, Germany Jan. 13-21

      *FITUR – Int’l Tourism Trade Fair , Madrid, Spain Jan. 17-21

      *GO Int’l Travel Trade Fair                                          Brno, Czech Republic, Jan. 18-21

      *OTM Outbound Travel Mart ,Mumbai, India, Jan. 18-20

      *Adventure Travel Show , London  20-21 January

      *ASEAN Tourism Forum ( ATF) , Chiang Mai , Thailnd January 22-26

      *EMITT-  East Mediterranean Int’l Tourism and Travel Exhibition ,Istanbul, Turkey, Jan. 25-28

      *SATTE Travel Mart , New Delhi , India            Jan. 31- Feb. 2

      *IMTM – Int’l Mediterranean Tourism Market   Tel Aviv, Israel  , Feb. 6-7

      *India Travel Mart ITM , Ahmedabad, India          Feb. 9-11

      *Travel and Tourism Fair ( TTF) , Chennai , India Feb. 16-18

      *PATA ATRT Conference and Mart , Abu Dhabi , UAE , Feb 21-23

      *Travel and Tourism Fair(TTF) , Bengaluru, India ,Feb. 23-25

      *World Spa and Wellness 2018 , London , UK Feb. 25-26

      *Guangzhou International Travel Fair Guangzhou , China  March 1-3

      *ITB Berlin Berlin , Germany March 7-11

      *Moscow Int. Tourism and Travel Exhibition ( MITT) ,Moscow , Russia March 13-15

      *IT& CM China 2018 , Shanghai , China          March 20 – 22

      *GBTA Conference Mexico City, March 21-23

      *UNWTO World Conference on Snow and Mt. Tourism ,Andorra , March 21-23

      *Arabian Travel Mart –ATM   Dubai , 22-25 April

      Wildlife in Chitawan , Nepal

      Window of Nepal Tourism