The awards ceremony took place in Cape Town. The Western Cape’s Gansbaai was declared the overall winner with the judges describing it as a memorable destination that “demonstrated what tourism can do to make better places to live in and great places to visit”. Gaansbaai is a fishing town in the Overberg District municipality with a population of approximately 11 000 people.
Other South African destinations receiving awards were Cape Town and Grootbos. South Africa has been an ideal tourism destination for years – receiving approximately nine million tourists annually.
“With its unique and immensely varied 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” explained Bareham.
As the overall winner Gaansbaai automatically qualifies as a participant for the “Responsible Travel the World Responsible Tourism” Awards, now in their 12th year.
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Article By: Geruza Bumba
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