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Winners of the Responsible Tourism Awards 2023 announced at WTM Africa

Cape Town, 12 April 2023 – WTM Africa 2023 celebrated the champions of Responsible Tourism on the African continent on 4 April 2023 by announcing the winners of the WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Awards 2023.

These annual awards highlight and promote the very best practices in sustainability and responsibility in the tourism industry. The aim is to promote good practice and showcase pioneering projects that focus on the wellbeing and sustainability of tourism, while also caring for the people and landscapes that make the industry thrive.

The winners of the WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Awards 2023 are:

Best for Addressing Climate Change:

Gold, Tourism Authority Mauritius

Gold, Weeva

Best for Diversity and Inclusion:

Gold, BirdLife South Africa

Silver, Liveable

Best for Local Sourcing, Craft and Food:

Gold, Ngwenya Glass

Gold, Tourism Authority Mauritius

Silver, Artisans Co Ltd

Best for Meaningful Connections:

Gold, uThando South Africa

Silver, Happy Soul Adventures

Best for Nature-Positive Tourism:

Gold, Wildlife ACT

Silver, BirdLife South Africa

One to watch: Cape Vulture Lodge

Best for Tackling Plastic Waste.

Gold, Lemala Camps & Lodges

Free to enter, the 2023 Awards are split into four regions, with the winner of each region going forward to compete in the Global Awards.

Megan de Jager RX Africa Portfolio Director Travel, Tourism & Marketing said:

“Congratulations to all the winners of the WTM Responsible Tourism Africa Awards. Your passion, commitment, and innovative approach towards tackling sustainability is truly inspiring. WTM is thrilled to recognise and celebrate your efforts towards creating a positive impact on the environment, local communities, and the tourism industry as a whole.

“It’s remarkable to see how small changes can have such a big impact. From eco-friendly accommodations to community-based tourism initiatives, each winner has shown that sustainability is not only achievable but also profitable. Your success stories are a testament to the fact that responsible tourism is the way forward.

“We wish all the winners the very best at the global awards and hope that your accomplishments will inspire others to follow in your footsteps. Let’s continue to work towards making the tourism industry more responsible and sustainable, one step at a time.”

World Travel Market (WTM) Portfolio comprises leading travel events, online portals and virtual platforms across four continents. The events are:

WTM Latin America takes place annually in the city of São Paulo and attracts around 20,000 tourism professionals during the three-day event. The event offers qualified content together with networking and business opportunities. In this its tenth edition – there have been nine face-to-face events along with a 100% virtual one, which was held in 2021.

Next event: Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 April 2023 – Expo Center Norte, São Paulo, Brazil

WTM Africa launched in 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa under the Africa Travel Week umbrella.  In 2022, WTM Africa facilitated more than 7 thousand unique pre-scheduled appointments, an increase of