Building a Business Case for Responsible Tourism in Africa
Responsible Tourism is on the global industry agenda – and at WTM Africa 2019, we have a series of dedicated events, including a two-day Business Case for Responsible Tourism conference, to cater for one of the most important debates in the travel world.
Two back-to-back panel discussions take place in the Conference Theatre on Wednesday 10 April from 14:30. The first examines the topic: “How can Travel and Tourism best reduce the carbon emissions of our industry?”. The panel, moderated by WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor Dr Harold Goodwin, includes Calvin Boia (Marketing & Brand Manager: Verde Hotels); Rene Laks (Managing Director, Sub Saharan Africa: Solarus); Andrea Nicholas (Managing Director: Green Tourism, UK) and Lorraine Jenks (Founder CEO Hotelstuff/Greenstuff).
The second, entitled: “What should the tourism sector be doing to effectively promote wildlife conservation?” is once more moderated by Dr Goodwin. And includes Kruger National Park Managing Executive Glenn Phillips; Former Fair Trade Tourism Managing Director Jane Edge and Endangered Wildlife Trust Head of Conservation Harriet Davies-Mostert.
The African Responsible Tourism Awards will follow this debate, from 16:45-17:30, in the Conference Theatre. The Awards are an Africa-wide search and seek to celebrate the most inspiring and enduring responsible tourism experiences – those which contribute toward preserving, respecting and benefitting both destinations and local people. For 2019, the public have been able to nominate tourism businesses & organisations they feel are deserving of awards, while tourism organisations can also enter themselves. Dr Harold Goodwin says that the opportunity to hear from African Responsible Tourism Awards winning-businesses is one not to be missed. “There are four panels addressing the business case, all with different examples. There are also panels on carbon emissions and how they can be reduced, with speakers from industry - and a panel on wildlife conservation with speakers from National Parks and Conservation.