Cape Town Signs Responsible Tourism Charter

The Executive Mayor of Cape Town, along with major tourism associations, has signed the Cape Town Responsible Tourism Charter.

The Charter aims to achieve three sustainable developments objectives including economic growth, enviromental integrity and social justice. It places the onus on those in the tourism industry to achieve these objectives.

The charter establishes the basis for sustainable tourism that will contribute to poverty alleviation and economic empowerment; protect the value of local lifestyles and heritage;and minimise the impact on the enviroment by reducing resource consumption.

Mayor Plato said : “Responsible Tourism makes sound business sense. A significant and growing number of tourists are looking for a “different” travel experience and a higher quality product. They want to get closer to the people in the country they visit and experience its real natural and cultural heritage, but they wish to do so in good conscience and in the knowledge that they are doing so in a responsible way without having any adverse effects on the countries that they visit. Cape Town has recently won major international tourism awards, including Africa’s Leading Destination Award two years in a row, and this can to some extent be attributed to the efforts already made in making Cape Town a leading responsible tourism destination.”