IN THE NEWS: We are proud to announce the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway have made it to the shortlist along with the Two Oceans Aquarium, a fellow Cape Town attraction that we are proud to have at the V&A Waterfront.

The 2019 winners will be announced during WTM Africa at a ceremony on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at 16.45 at the CTICC. 

2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards

The African Responsible Tourism Awards is part of the responsible tourism program at WTM Africa. This program 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.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway entered both the Water Management and Waste Management categories of the African Responsible Tourism Awards and are excited to have made it this far in the nomination process.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is committed to responsible tourism with their funding of the Kuyasa Housing Project to offset their carbon omissions, their water-saving measures, and  continued support of local suppliers.

Table Mountain Cableway has been awarded Diamond heritage certification for achieving an average performance rating of 97.2% over a five-year period for environmental and sustainability compliance.

Cableway MD, Wahida Parker, is ecstatic at their nomination news:

“Table Mountain is world renowned as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. For Table Mountain Cableway to be selected as a finalist is recognition by the industry and the world of how seriously we take our custodianship in preserving the mountain and the environment “

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is to be commended for their continued efforts and successes in responsible, sustainable practices.

The judging criteria are rigorous, and all entrants are measured on the following:

  • Evidence of real change, businesses which can convincingly demonstrate positive impacts, or reduced negative impacts, quantified wherever possible.
  • Examples of best practice which can be replicated across the sector and around the world.
  • Innovation that make a real difference, the Awards highlight new good practices, which the judges believe, can, and should, become common practice.
  • Businesses and organisations that are not only doing good work themselves but are using their influence to ensure their peers and suppliers to do the same.
  • Businesses that understand that taking responsibly for tourism is a long journey, that it encompasses the economic, social and environmental impacts of their activities and who have a clear vision for the long-term success of the work, with future targets and plans in place.
  • A clear overall commitment to positively impacting local communities, economies, cultures and environments.

Tim Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Wesgro, is following the outcome of the awards closely:

“We’re going through a phase in which tried and tested tourism business models are being challenged. This year’s African Responsible Tourism Awards finalists entries reflect this landscape and shine a light on innovative strategies for tourism. We are thrilled with the list of finalists. Each one sets a precedent for excellent work in their category and represents the exciting, diverse range of best practice in the African tourism industry.”

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and the Two Oceans Aquarium will be competing with tough competition for the coveted “Overall Winner” of the 2019 Award.

Below is the list of finalists:

The awards are sponsored by Wesgro and organised by Better Tourism Africa.

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