Cape Town Ecotourism

 

Cape Town Ecotourism

Cape Town Ecotourism, Yes the tourism industry in Cape Town is going green. Environmentally friendly holidays have increased the number of foreign travelers steadily since 2001. Last year, nearly 12.5 million foreign travelers arrived in the country

 ‘Going green has the dual benefit of saving money and the environment’, says

Chris Godenir, General manager of the Peninsula Hotel, who explains that he sees their sustainability initiatives as critical to keeping the business viable.  “If you don’t control energy and water costs, you will go out of business.”

Cape Town Ecotourism regardin RESPONSIBLE RECYCLING: The green initiatives of Table Mountain, which is part of the Responsible Tourism Pilot Project. Picture, include making recycling containers available to visitors. The benefits of eco-friendly business practices extend beyond visitors, to employees working in the tourism industry who are being educated on ways to conserve energy and water, at work and at home and as a second step to their communities. “Ninety percent of it is changing people’s mindsets,” Godenir says. “

The Vineyard Hotel and Spa in Newlands is also getting in on the act of saving energy program and they also recycle 85 percent of their waste, with the non-protein food waste going to a pig farmer in Philippi.

The city council encourages socially and environmentally conscious practices through its Cape Town Ecotourism Responsible Tourism programs. Last year, this pilot project enrolled 21 companies from various sectors of the industry, including hotels, tour services, transportation, conference and event companies, and attractions. The companies confer with one another and with the sponsor organisations to identify specific actions each sector can take. The best practices will be a part of a responsible tourism management system rolled out to the rest of the industry.

The tourism industry is protecting a valuable asset by conducting business in an environmentally friendly way. Table Mountain, one of the the New 7 Wonders of Nature – that is a primary attraction for travellers.

Although it is difficult to predict what will happen to specific cities based on world climate change models, Cape Town’s geography and climate put it at higher risk for certain consequences if the Earth continues to warm. Increased temperatures alone could make summer, the high tourist season, progressively more uncomfortable. Long-term climate models show that rainfall patterns could move south over the ocean, decreasing winter rainfall in the province, hence get a climate that

People in Cape Town have never seen for millions of years. This could affect the biodiversity of the region, as big wildfires could increase due to hotter, drier days. Rising sea levels are another concern, and it is unclear how the currents will respond and how the marine systems off the coast will be affected. With increasing public concern over the effects of climate change, going green can be a powerful marketing tool.

source: http://www.iol.co.za/travel/south-africa/western-cape/greenbacks-galore-in-green-tourism-1.1443917#.UNfU83dKY0w


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