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The 2019 Responsible Tourism Awards Africa open and accepting nominations from the public

The categories in the 2019 Responsible Tourism Awards Africa can attract strong entrants from across Africa. We know that there are responsible tourism stories that have not been heard. We’re calling on the public and tourism trade colleagues to help us identify them. After all, tourists and the trade have travelled the length and breadth of Africa and have first-hand experience. You know who the contenders for the awards could be and can encourage them to enter by nominating them for the awards
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An event greening case study: Meetings Africa 2018

An introduction to event greening: Part 4 of a 4 part series by the Event Greening Forum. If you’ve missed the previous articles, you can find them here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.  The best way to understand event greening is to see it in action. Therefore part 4 of this series is a case study of Meetings Africa 2018, South African Tourism’s (SA Tourism) annual business tourism show. Meetings Africa has implemented event greening since 2011 with the support of the Event Greening Forum (EG
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Member Spotlight: Gill Gibbs from ConCept G

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 Gill Gibbs, the CEO of the ConCept G Group of Companies and a passionate environmentalist.   Q. WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT CONCEPT G, AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT IT? I am the CEO of the ConCept G Group of Companies, of which there are 5 companies in the fold. What I love most is sharing my knowledge, expertise, insight and experience, de
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The EGF will not increase membership fees for 2019

Greg McManus, the Event Greening Forum (EGF) Chairperson, recently announced that EGF membership fees will not increase for 2019. “We are proud to announce that the EGF has decided to hold 2019’s membership fees at the same rate as this year,” he said. “With the economy shrinking and each one of us being forced to re-evaluate our business needs more closely, it’s great to be able to announce a freeze on fees for the coming year.” Click here for the EGF membership categori
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Member Spotlight: Samantha Dube from Seeds Events

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 Samantha Dube who founded Seeds Events – a company that organises sustainable events, with an emphasis of leaving a positive legacy.   Q. WHAT IS YOUR DAY-TO-DAY ROLE AT SEEDS EVENTS, AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT IT? As the owner of Seeds Events I have a strategic role to guide the direction the company needs to move in. Howev
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How to start event greening

An introduction to event greening: Part 3 of a 4 part series by the Event Greening Forum. After reading part 1 and part 2 of this series, you’re hopefully fired up and ready to start implementing event greening practices in your business. Read on for how to get started. Note: the following outline is taken from the City of Cape Town’s Smart Events Handbook, a great resource for event greening. You can download a free copy of it from our website, www.eventgreening.co.za, under the resources tab,
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Why would you ‘go green’?

An introduction to event greening: Part 2 of a 4 part series by the Event Greening Forum. Click here to read Part 1. “The greenest event is the one that doesn’t happen,” says Greg McManus, Chairperson of the Event Greening Forum (EGF). As true as this is, the EGF is not advocating we stop hosting events. Events offer many benefits, such as stimulating the economy, providing jobs and advancing the businesses that host them. The EGF actively wants the events industry to grow and flourish, and for
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What does ‘going green’ mean?

An introduction to event greening: Part 1 of a 4 part series by the Event Greening Forum (EGF). ‘Green’ has become a blanket term for anything that has environmentally friendly features. It’s quite broad and vague, so it’s always good practice to ask what an organisation means when they claim to be green or are going green. Most likely you’ll find a huge amount of variation in the answers you receive, which is why the green space can be confusing. So part 1 of this series is all about unpacking
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Member Spotlight: Taubie Motlhabane from Tshwane Tourism

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 Taubie Motlhabane, a mover and shaker, and the Divisional Head at Tshwane Tourism.     Q. WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT TSHWANE TOURISM, AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT IT? My role at Tshwane Tourism is that of Divisional Head. I’m responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Division. Our role is to market the City of Tsh
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SAACI 2018 Congress puts sustainability first

It’s that time of the year again, and SAACI is gearing up for its 2018 Congress! The Congress will be held at Misty Hills in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 29 -31 July 2018, and will be greener than ever before. SAACI has upped its sustainability game by incorporating a sustainability plan for this year’s Congress and beyond. The sustainability plan, set up by Zoe van Niekerk, who sits on the SAACI 2018 Congress Local Organising Committee (LOC), has helped raise the bar. She says, “SAACI is a
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