A new tourism ethic
Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world.
Managed responsibly, it promotes the social and economic development
of local communities, and protects the environment.
In contrast, inappropriate development - coupled with high demands
- can destroy natural resources and cultural diversity.
Many South African establishments have committed themselves
to creating a "responsible tourism" industry. Guidelines
for its development have been drawn-up by the South African Department
of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT). Members of the industry
have been asked to sign a Statement of Intent, committing them
to implementing a responsible tourism programme.
All signatories are listed in a Responsible Tourism Guide to
As part of this development programme, the Federated Hospitality
Industry of South Africa (Fedhasa) in partnership with us,have
launched the Imvelo Awards. Imvelo is the Zulu word for nature.
The awards showcase the hospitality industry's environmental
management and social and economic development programmes.
Conservation in the Gauteng Hospitality Industry
for responsible tourisim