WTM Africa 2018

All sessions are in the conference theatre

  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018: 14h30 – 15h15

New Business Models and Sustainable Development 

In the global WTM Responsible Tourism Awards last year five of the twelve winners were from Africa. On the African continent, we are seeing some of the world’s most innovative commercial models emerging. Succesful businesses which are creating shared value to benefit local communities and fund conservation.  Businesses which are commercially successful and which are building their success on sustainability principles. 

Moderator: Harold Goodwin, WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor 

Glynn O’Leary, CEO, Transfrontier Parks Destinations  presentation
Dulcie Pascoe    Isibindi Africa Lodges  presentation

Africa Responsible Tourism Awards 
19 April 2018: 10h30 – 11h15

Carbon, Water and Certification

The industry is accused of wastefully using too much water and emitting too much carbon pollution contributing to accelerating global warming. There is a scientific consensus about the growing scale of the challenge. We all share the same atmosphere, the greenhouse gases emitted by the tourism sector make a significant contribution to climate change with serious negative impacts on the lives of people in Africa and elsewhere. With growing populations and climate change, more areas are experiencing water shortages, and the industry is under increasing pressure to reduce consumption and recycle grey water. There is a business case for reducing water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and communicating your efforts and achievements to your business partners and your guests and clients. What contribution can certification make? 

Moderator: Harold Goodwin, WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor
Jonathan Gibson  Chobe Game Lodge    presentation
Claus Tworeck, 
Chairman, City Sightseeing South Africa  presentation 
Lance Greyling, Director of Trade and Investment, City of Cape Town presentation 
Chris van Zyl group environmental manager and horticulturist Vineyard Group presentation 
Ana Lemmer, programme manager Fair Trade Tourism

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Unpacking the debate about captive wildlife tourism

    Thursday12:30 – 13:1519 Apr 2018

    Destination TheatreFair Trade Tourism casts its perspective on the captive wildlife tourism sector in southern Africa and offers guidance on how to distinguish between ethical and unethical players.
    Jane Edge presentation 

    Fair Trade Tourism is a pioneering initiative that promotes equitable and sustainable tourism development in South Africa through a range of activities including awareness raising, capacity building, advocacy and the facilitation of the world’s first Fair Trade tourism certification programme. The FTT certification programme awards a special certification Trademark (label) to tourism enterprises in South Africa that meet specific sustainability criteria based on global Fair Trade standards and locally relevant issues.

  • Friday, 20 April 2018: 11h30 – 12h15

Wildlife and Tourism
Marine and terrestrial wildlife remain a major draw for tourists to Africa and with rising living standards domestic tourism to parks and sanctuaries is increasing too. National parks and protected areas are under increasing pressure for development and from tourism. It is important that policy and practice in wildlife and tourism are evidence-based. This panel will focus on issues of animal and human welfare in wildlife tourism.  

Moderator: Harold Goodwin, WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor
Jane Edge, Managing Director, Fair Trade Tourism
Wilfred Chivell, Marine Dynamics  presentation
Dr Simon King Park Doctor 
   presentation
Cathrine S Nyquist & Lizaene Cornwall    Panthera Africa, Big Cat Sanctuary