Going on a holiday can have a large impact upon the environment. The carbon emissions from air and road travel are well known but some of the other issues such as the environmental cost of constructing and running luxury hotels and the impact on the local communities, resources and the local fauna and flora are less obvious.
Eco-friendly tourism can play a huge role in reducing the environmental impact of your holiday without foregoing the luxury or the experience that is expected from holiday travel.
Southern Africa has many eco-friendly destinations to choose from and we have so many hotels, lodges and guest houses that not only minimise their own carbon emissions and environmental impact but also place the visitor in the midst of the magnificence of Africa to witness some of the last remaining pristine spaces of the world. These establishments are those that have energy and water saving processes and recycle or compost their waste. Most will source their food locally and in some cases they grow their own vegetables. The majority of them will also support in some way the biodiversity of the area and campaign for the benefit of endangered species.
Very few visitors come away unaffected by such an experience and since many tourist destinations and operators will be affected by climate change in the coming years, we would like you to join us and promote Eco-friendly tourism as a driver of change and make it a conscious decision for all holidaymakers.
The Green Expo will run from 1-3 November at the Sandton Convention Centre and from 30 November – 1 December at the CTICC in Cape Town and is encouraging eco-friendly destinations and green suppliers to the tourism industry to promote their businesses at this event.
Exhibitors will include any business or organization that is involved with, or would like to publicise their efforts in:
- Reducing carbon emissions by energy saving technologies or other means.
- Sustainable Business practices.
- Preservation of natural resources.
- Organic products and food production.
- Water and energy saving technologies and products.
- Waste disposal and recycling.
- Green Design for homes and offices.
- Eco Tourism and hospitality.
- Eco friendly products for the hospitality trade.
- Eco cleaning products, paints and chemicals. (Non toxic / Chemical free products)
- Eco friendly toys
- Eco fashion
The complex issues of climate change, biodiversity, biotechnology and social investment are the big challenges facing society today. Our objective is to promote sustainability as a way of life, to make sustainability “Cool”. Everyone should be addressing sustainability issues and everyone can make a difference.
Contact Chris for more information:
Phone: 021 689 3262