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African Responsible Tourism Award Winners 2019

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve scoops the top spot in the 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – the luxury lodge tucked between mountains, forest and sea just outside Gansbaai – was announced as the Overall Winner of the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2019. The announcement was made at a ceremony sponsored by Wesgro and held this afternoon at WTM Africa in Cape Town. Grootbos was selected to receive this acclaimed prize from among a field of s
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#CSRshareDay starts a global pledge for the event industry to be the driving force behind the solution, not the problem

On March 15th 2019, 1.5 million school students went on strike in a fight against climate change.  This #CSRshareDay, a day that recognises and celebrates Corporate Social Responsibility, the event industry has the opportunity to share their ideas on what the solution could be.  “This is a wake-up call for the event industry,” explains Fiona Pelham, Positive Impact CEO.  “I regularly hear industry professionals at high levels of influence say they do not have the time or budget
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EGF awarded Silver at the African Responsible Tourism Awards

The Event Greening Forum’s 2018 conference and master class was honoured to receive Silver for the Best Sustainable Event in the small event category at the African Responsible Tourism Awards  at World Travel Market Africa last night (10 April 2019). “As the Event Greening Forum, when we hold events we treat them as an opportunity to showcase simple and often low cost event greening measures that we believe are easily replicable for others in the industry,” says Lynn McLeod, the EGF Secretariat
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Member Spotlight: Gavin Burgess from Ultimate Data Sciences

Each month we shine the light on an Event Greening Forum member who is making noteworthy achievements in their event greening efforts. This month we feature Gavin Burgess, the founder of Ultimate Data Sciences, an industry leader in event technology solutions. . I find that the best way to get started with using innovative technology at events is to pick something you are interested in and see what your audience’s response is. You’ll find that event attendees are interested in anything new and e
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Meetings Africa composting prevents 2 337,7kg of CO2e emissions

South African Tourism (SA Tourism) is a member of the Event Greening Forum (EGF). It has committed to making its events sustainable with the EGF’s support – such as its multiple Green Award winning business tourism show, Meetings Africa, and, as of this year, its consumer tourism show, Africa’s Travel Indaba. Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, Chief Convention Bureau Officer of South Africa National Convention Bureau, explains, “South African Tourism recognises the importance of hosting events in a responsibl
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Finalists for the 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards announced

A sports event attracting 20 000 participants, an operator specializing in treks up Kilimanjaro and a safari beach lodge are only some of the inspirational organisations selected as finalists for the 2019 African Responsible Tourism Awards (sponsored by Wesgro and organised by Better Tourism Africa). With the quality of entries high and competition tough, who will take the top spots in each category? And who will scoop the win as the much-coveted ‘Overall Winner’. The panel of expert judges had
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the forum company wins gold for a world first

Issued by the forum company: The World Obesity Federation ( WOF) has announced that the forum company are the first in the WORLD to be awarded the status of GOLD HEALTHY VENUE! As Oscar nominees tell us, just being considered for a prestigious accolade is enough but we all know taking home the prize is the real thrill. Bringing home the gold is beyond exciting for us as a company. Receiving this GOLD HEALTHY VENUE award is an endorsement of our philosophy on life and shows that delegates can att
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Member Spotlight: Nomaswazi Tinus from African Mama Crafts

Every month we shine the light on an Event Greening Forum member who is making noteworthy achievements in their event greening efforts. This month we feature Nomaswazi Tinus, who founded African Mama Crafts to tackle social challenges such as unemployment and poverty. . Q. WHAT IS YOUR STORY – WHAT LEAD TO YOU FOUNDING AFRICAN MAMA CRAFTS IN 2015? I started the business as a result of a research report I had done as part of my BSc (Hons) Geography studies with UJ looking at the livelihoods of wo
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#MeetingsAfrica2019 Green Stand Award winners

Originally published in the Meetings Africa Daily News – Issue 3,  27 February 2019. The Meetings Africa 2019 Green Stand Awards seek to recognise the most sustainable stands at the events’ exhibition. The stands are judged against the Event Greening Forum (EGF) award criteria including design, materials, operations, transport, communication, beyond green and innovation. Exhibitors were afforded the opportunity to participate in the competition by showcasing their stand at the exhibition, 
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Meet the EGF’s 2019 Management Committee

The Event Greening Forum held its Annual General Meeting on Monday 25 February at the Sandton Convention Centre, which included the election of this year’s Management Committee. Please give a warm welcome to the following people: Chad Botha (Inspire Furniture) Greg McManus (Heritage Environmental Management Company) Justin Hawes (Scan Display) Lisa Jade Merven (GingerBiscuit) Lynn McLeod (individual) Morwesi Ramonyai (Borena Energy) Neo Mohlatlole (7 Colors Communication) Gavin Burgess (Ul
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