Paving Paths for 'Responsible Tourism'
With landscapes and views so spectacular they seem to come out straight from a romantic Hollywood movie, and with such brilliance of urban architecture and structures lying side by side, Cape Town is undoubtedly one of South Africa's most sought after tourist attractions.
Hounslow, UK, July 8, 2015 (Newswire.com) - With landscapes and views so spectacular they seem to come out straight from a romantic Hollywood movie, and with such brilliance of urban architecture and structures lying side by side, Cape Town is undoubtedly one of South Africa's most sought after tourist attractions.
Tourism in one of the world's fastest growing industries and over the years South Africa has emerged as an attractive tourist destination with tourism being a major player accounting to its economic growth and foreign exchange earnings.
Countries and cities take up a number of promotional activities to boost up travel and tourism. In this front, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) successfully hosted the 11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations in April this year.
Responsible Tourism (RT) is an innovative and far sighted approach to manage tourism with an objective to maximize benefits and reduce costs to destinations.
It was South Africa that first accepted a national standard in RT and the City of Cape Town has continued to support these standards since the Cape Town Declaration in 2002. It was attended by 280 delegates from 20 countries.
The Declaration recognizes that RT involves a whole lot of things put together to achieve economic well being along with tourist satisfaction. It is a concept to make tourism more sustainable by letting tour operators, hoteliers, government, locals and tourists take collective responsibility towards a better experience altogether.
Highlights of RT:
- Reduce all kinds of harmful impacts on economy and environment
- Generates economic and employment benefits for local people
- Involve locals in areas that are directly related with their lives, needs and comfort
- Maximize benefits to locals
- Ensure conservation and protection of wildlife and heritage
- Offer more enjoyable experiences for tourists by helping them travel like a local
- Encourage tourists to explore the destination responsibly
- Provide special attention and sensitivity to travelers with disabilities
- Develop mutual respect between tourists and the hosts
With a strong commitment to pursue the principles of Responsible Tourism, Capetown has evolved into a successful global tourist destination. The tourism department has strived to multiply the positive effects and minimize the negative ones wherever possible to enable the industry to grow consistently.
Recent market research has established the increasing significance of “Responsible Tourism” products. Ethical practices are supposed to provide improved economic advantage, paving paths for better results in terms of positive publicity, meaningful partnerships and good relations.
About Cape Town
A traveller who visits the Mother City is captivated by her flawless and utterly breathtaking beauty. Ask for nature, culture, people, cuisines, adventure, the city has it all.
Some of its attractions are City Hall and Grand Parade, Martin Melck House, Bikini Beach, Gordon’s Bay, Camps Bay, Air Force Museum, Boulders Penguin Colony, Chapman’s Peak and Noordhoek and Constantia Wine Route.
When to visit
Cape Town can be visited at any time of the year. However, it is the summer time between mid-December and early January which is the peak season.
Travellers also opt for the hot months of February and March and it is the month of April which offers the spectacular views of the sunsets with soft lights and mild temperatures.
Winters begin in June most often. The sun and rains cast alternating shadows on the greens during this time. Variety of flowers can be seen in the winter months. In fact, it is the ideal time to hike the famous Table Mountain slopes on foot.
July and August are the wet months but the best time to catch up with world's best land-based whale watching.
October and November are the flowering months. It is indeed the best time to get attractive summer deals on cheap flights to Cape Town from UK.
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