Cape Town - The V&A Waterfront was one of two Cape Town destinations to clinch gold at the World Responsible Tourism awards in London, in recognition of the “scale and thoroughness” of its efforts to reduce environmental impacts with sustainable green business practices.
Hotel Verde near Cape Town International Airport won gold in the Best City Hotel category for involving guests, suppliers and delegates in its efforts to reduce waste and conserve energy.
The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance, which uses tourism to fund sanctuaries, won gold as the Best Animal Welfare Initiative and the overall World Responsible Tourism award.
Referring to the Waterfront, the judges highlighted the various measures it used to increase resource efficiency and reduce costs, such as the refurbishment of the local craft market and support for a food market supplied by 50 local producers.
Waterfront chief executive David Green said: “As a truly responsible corporate citizen, we regard it as our duty to future generations to constantly focus on sustainable practices, from reducing our carbon footprint to preserving our scarce energy and water reserves.”