Na­ture+Wildlife: Pro­tect­ing the Car­ni­vores of Africa's Wild Life

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tion mar­ket­ing across the South­ern African re­gion’s 14 South­ern African coun­tries. RETOSA aims to in­crease and re­in­force aware­ness of SADC as a de­sir­able vi­brant tourist des­ti­na­tion, with the pur­pose to in­crease tourism ar­rivals, tourism rev­enue and in­vest­ments into the re­gion as well as im­proved re­gional com­pet­i­tive­ness thus pro­mot­ing so­cioe­co­nomic devel­op­ment.

Bet­ter Tourism Africa (pre­vi­ously the In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for Re­spon­si­ble Tourism - South Africa), a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion es­tab­lished in 2006, works along­side gov­ern­ment, the pri­vate sec­tor and com­mu­ni­ties in Africa to im­ple­ment the ob­jec­tives of Re­spon­si­ble Tourism as de­scribed in the Cape Town Dec­la­ra­tion. We be­lieve tourism should be har­nessed to cre­ate bet­ter places for peo­ple to live and to visit. Our work in­cludes ad­vo­cacy, train­ing and ca­pac­i­ty­build­ing, re­search and tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sory ser­vices.

One of our ob­jec­tives is to main­stream re­spon­si­ble prac­tices across all RETOSA mem­ber states. The African Re­spon­si­ble Tourism Awards not only recog­nises the ef­forts of tourism or­gan­i­sa­tions to op­er­ate re­spon­si­bly, it also de­mon­strates the dif­fer­ence that tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity can make. It can ed­u­cate and in­spire oth­ers to be more re­spon­si­ble. High­light­ing in­di­vid­ual achieve­ments can help SADC achieve theirs.”

- Thembi Kunene-Msi­mang, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, RETOSA.

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