Stats SA data shows that 94.9% of foreign arrivals listed holidays as the reason for their visit to South Africa, while 25.5% of those tourists were from overseas.
Mayco member for economic opportunities and asset management James Vos said: “Different destinations are competing for various reasons including infrastructure, scenic beauty and especially responsible tourism.
“For this industry to become more environmentally friendly, there needs to be a mind shift in the hospitality industry, and we try to create this awareness by showcasing small changes that can be made to change the environmental landscape of the industry.” Vos said if Cape Town’s tourism and hospitality sector did not become more environmentally responsible, it could also potentially drive away international tourists.
“When the drought happened in the Western Cape, the hospitality and tourism industry were almost forced to implement small measures to minimise water usage. Currently we also experience a plastic crisis, therefore it’s essential for the industry to find alternatives to plastics,” he said.