ARTA Awards 2015



Heroes of responsible tourism in Africa will be honoured at the 2015 African Responsible Tourism Awards. This inaugural event forms part of the prestigious World Responsible Tourism Awards, the world’s most respected responsible tourism awards. Winners of the African awards will automatically be entered into the global awards.

With its unique natural and cultural landscapes, Africa offers many opportunities for responsible tourism. Tourism organisations are already growing tourism that preserves, respects and benefits African destinations and African people. The African Responsible Tourism Awards aims to celebrate the efforts made by individuals, organisations and destinations in Africa. The awards also aim to inspire change in the African tourism industry.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony hosted as part of World Travel Market Africa to be held in Cape Town from 15 – 17 April 2015. The awards are organised by the ICRT South Africa.

The categories for the 2015 awards are:

  • Best for poverty reduction
  • Best for beach tourism
  • Best destination for responsible tourism
  • Best for engaging people & culture
  • Best for wildlife conservation
  • Best blog for responsible tourism
  • Best for resource efficiency

Read more about the awards, categories and nominate candidates here

Nominations close Friday, 6 February 2015.

Should you be interested in sponsoring a category or require further information, please e-mail or send a text message to Tel : +27832632269


The 11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations will be held on 14 and 15 April 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  An academic day on 13 April will precede the conference. The conference will be co-chaired by the City of Cape Town, Professor Harold Goodwin (Manchester Metropolitan University and International Centre for Responsible Tourism) and Heidi van der Watt (Responsible Tourism South Africa). It takes place during Africa Travel Week 2015, incorporating WTM Africa, hosted by the City of Cape Town and organised by Thebe Reed.

RTD11 presents an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in Cape Town, South Africa and elsewhere around the world, to document good practices applied by different producer groups, and set the agenda for change for the next 10 years.  The conference will result in Responsible Tourism Practitioner’s guide to realizing Responsible Tourism in destinations – reflecting the input on what works from keynote speakers, panellists and delegates. This conference, like the one in 2002, aspires to review practice and set the agenda for the next decade and to identify the best answers to the question: How can tourism be used to make better places for people to live in, and better places for people to visit?

The conference will  explore responsible tourism and how to secure competitive market advantage from it; discuss the issues of inclusion of marginalized citizens as producers and consumers of tourism and identify ways of making tourism more inclusive; and identify how the design of tourism products using Responsible Tourism principles can contribute to making better places for people to live in to live in and for people to visit. Confirmed speakers include: Adama Bah (ASSET Gambia & ICRT West Africa), Judy Kepher-Gona (STTA – Kenya), Lee-Hendor Ruiters (National Cleaner Production Centre – South Africa), Manisha Pande (Villageways, India )

Read more about the conference here

Register your interest to attend here.

Visit the website for updates

A detailed sponsorship prospectus is available for companies interested in sponsoring RTD11. Organisations interested in sponsorship opportunities are invited to contact:
Heidi van der Watt
Cellphone: South Africa +27 (0) 83 263 2269



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