!Khwa Ttu 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards

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Finalists for the 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards announced

!Khwa Ttu 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards News: A sports event attracting 20 000 participants, an operator specializing in treks up Kilimanjaro and a safari beach lodge are only some of the inspirational organisations selected as finalists for the 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards (sponsored by Wesgro and organised by Better Tourism Africa).

 !Khwa Ttu 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards

With the quality of entries high and competition tough, who will take the top spots in each category? And who will scoop the win as the much-coveted ‘Overall Winner’.

The panel of expert judges had their task cut out for them. The Judging Day was held in Johannesburg on 29 March, and after vigorous debate, 15 organisations were shortlisted. The finalists are:

The 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards winners will be announced during WTM Africa at a ceremony to be held on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at 16.45 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa. A celebratory function, sponsored by Cape Whale Coast, to toast the winners will be held immediately after the ceremony.

Namibian judge Sisco Auala said the following of the judging process:

“Judges were supplied with clear criteria to guide the selection of winners. We were given plenty of opportunities to freely debate, exchange views and clarify our diverse perspectives in a rigorous manner before we reached consensus”.

Commenting on the finalists, Heidi van der Watt, managing director of Better Tourism Africa, said:

From an aquarium actively campaigning against single use plastics to an immersive cultural experience near a famous battlefield, this year’s finalists are worthy examples of change makers who bravely use tourism to create positive change for Africa’s people and environments. We have inspiring Gold and Silver winners, but some categories are surprisingly weak. We know that there are many more worthy contenders on the continent. The judges can only award from among those who are nominated and complete the entry process. The categories for next year will be announced at the end of the Awards ceremony.

Professor Harold Goodwin, Chair of the Judging Panel and WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor, reflected on the decisions made on the Judging Day:

“With a high calibre panel of judges, there is always much passionate discussion and argument about the category and overall winners in the Responsible Tourism Awards family of awards. Chairing the judges is a privilege, the more so when there are lively debates as there were again this year in the 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards. The worthy winners, Gold and Silver, are demonstrating their responsibility and we are pleased to recognise them, and we have identified a number of ones to watch – there are some great new responsible businesses emerging.”

 !Khwa Ttu 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards

The awards would not be able to shine a light on the best of the best in responsible tourism in Africa without the support of its sponsors and partners, several of whom have demonstrated their commitment to responsible tourism by sponsoring the awards several years in a row. This year’s supporters are:

The judging drew on the expertise of carefully chosen professionals from throughout the tourism industry in Africa:

The African Responsible Tourism Awards is part of the responsible tourism programme at WTM Africa. The responsible tourism programme includes panel discussions on how the tourism industry can reduce its carbon emissions and promote wildlife conservation as well as a two-day conference in which responsible tourism leaders explore the business case for responsible tourism.

Carmen Lerm, Founder of West Coast Way, is following the outcome of the awards closely: “We believe tourism should be harnessed to create better places for people to live and to visit and therefore we are incredibly proud of  !Khwattu located on the West Coast Way Culture Route and Tractor Route. They share with their visitors authentic interactions in a beautiful environment, walking and biking trails, inspiring San nature and culture tours, good food, compelling art, exhibitions and a stylish special event and corporate function venue. On top of all of this they offer professional friendly hospitality with accommodation set in the Cape West Coast biodiversty corridor. And now they have also launched their new Heritage Centre with at the core the Way Of The Sun experience with 3D curved digital wall enveloping visitors into a San community experience. This is the only space of its kind dedicated to telling the story of the heritage and culture of the San people of Southern Africa.” 

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