World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 @London World Travel Market.

Gansbaai Tourism entered the African Best Responsible Tourism destination category.  It was with great joy and pride when the Gold winner was announced – Gansbaai Tourism!

Judges reasons for winning –“Since 1995 Gansbaai Tourism has worked to create awareness of and market the area as a tourism destination.  The cluster of businesses in the area, some of them with international reputations, have worked together to develop an exemplary destination, a quality guest experience which has conserved fynbos and marine wildlife, created significant direct and indirect employment and they are now working together to quantify their environmental impacts.

But that was not all – then came the announcement for Overall Winner – Gansbaai Tourism!

Judges reasons for winning – “This is a remarkable group of tourism businesses many of which have won Responsible Tourism awards individually, including Grootbos and Marine Dynamics. The judges want to recognise then for the overall award for the way in which they have worked, together to create a destination, with outstanding product, memorable experiences and brought local economic development and communal facilities to the local community. They have demonstrated what tourism can do to make better places to live in and great places to visit.”

The crowning glory –Gansbaai won the World Responsible Tourism award at WTM London! GOLD!

Judges comments – The judges recognized Gansbaai for the co-operation shown between the various businesses as well as with the local authorities. All this making Gansbaai a better place to live.