South Africa adopted a Responsible Tourism approach in its 1996 White Paper on the Development & Promotion of Tourism. This marked a step change in the way in which tourism is understood, focussing on what tourism could contribute to the new South Africa. Its international leadership was recognised in the 2002 Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations which has been very influential over the last ten years in encouraging stakeholders around the world to take responsibility for making tourism more sustainable and using tourism to make “better places for people to live in, better places for people to visit”, in that order.
At this landmark one day conference, speakers reflected on progress since 2002 and declared their priorities for Responsible Tourism over the next 10 years.
Co-chairs: Ms Aneme Malan, Deputy Director General: International Tourism Management, Department of Tourism South Africa and Professor Harold Goodwin .