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South Africa encourages its long work on Green Tourism; 5 years

Posted by TRAVEL TOP COUNTRY MAG MEDIA on November 1 2022, 14:36pm

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South Africa encourages its long work on Green Tourism; 5 years
In Pretoria South Africa, the ecology is highly important as the Green Tourism Incentive Program or called GTP celebrated its 5 candles.  GTIP is a resource efficiency incentive programme of the Department of Tourism whose objective is to encourage and support private sector tourism enterprises to adopt responsible tourism practices declared the government.

According to the UNWTO, the tourism sector is highly vulnerable to climate change and at the same time contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases, which cause global warming. Accelerating climate action in tourism is therefore of utmost importance for the resilience of the sector as well as strengthening adaptive capacity. In mitigation of the current energy and water constraints, the Department of Tourism therefore invites all eligible tourism enterprises to take part in the current Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) application window which is now open until 28 February 2023.

 

For instance, in 2019, the Umegen local municipality started its effort on green waste, below the event.

 

This programme has yielded success stories with beneficiaries nationally praising the positive impact of this programme. Ms Wilhemina Kutumela from Pimville Guest House and Tours in Soweto says: “The benefit is that arriving guests come to a well-lit establishment and feel at home. We now receive repeat business and the occupancy has gone up. We have been encouraging other colleagues to apply when the window opens again.” Through grant funding, the GTIP assists private sector tourism enterprises in reducing the cost of investing in energy and water efficient solutions, while increasing their competitiveness, profitability and operational sustainability in the long term. 

The programme is managed by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on behalf of the Department and all applications and approvals are managed by the IDC. The GTIP broadly offers the following benefits to qualifying tourism enterprises:

• the full cost for a new resource efficiency audit or the full cost for reviewing an existing resource efficiency audit.
• grant funding to qualifying small and micro enterprises on a sliding scale from 50% to 90% of the total cost of implementing resource efficiency interventions, which is capped at R 1million.
• qualifying enterprises may now implement projects in phases in order to better manage their cash-flow over a two-year project implementation period.

Eco-tourism remains one of South Africa’s priorities. 

It has diverse climates range from tropical in the south-east to desert in the central region. The scenery runs the gamut from spectacular mountain ranges to vast grass plains, from coastline to meandering rivers to desert dunes. The country’s wildlife is far more varied than just the celebrated “Big Five” and is supported by an extraordinary biological diversity.  Three of South Africa’s eight Unesco World Heritage sites are natural sites, while one is a mixed cultural/natural site. These are the Cape Floral Region, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the Vredefort Dome, and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.South Africa is leading the way in one of the boldest cross-border initiatives currently unfolding in southern Africa, the development of transfrontier parks.There are 19 national parks, including the world-famous 20 000km2 Kruger National Park. The country’s terrestrial protected areas stand at around 6.9%, according to a World Bank report published in 2012. Marine protected areas make up around 11%.

The country’s private game lodges range in standard from middle to very upmarket, with ultra-luxury lodges catering almost exclusively to foreign tourists.

To the Green Tourism Incentive Program, The Department of Tourism wishes all the applicants well and remains committed to advancing a climate resilient tourism economy. 

Source: South Africa, Minister of Tourism, Department of Tourism

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