4th Green Tourism Summit Africa and Mazingira Innovation Awards
The 4th Green Tourism Summit Africa was held from 19th to 21st June 2018 at the White Rhino Hotel in Nyeri. The summit was themed, “Modeling a sustainable future for tourism and conservation in Africa”. The summit sought to leverage opportunities presented by environment and social sustainability as prime innovation platforms for tourism and conservation.
The summit discussed three key topical areas; Luxury and Sustainability in the Hospitality Sector, Emerging Issues in Sustainable Tourism and Sustainability and Destination Competitiveness. The summit had delegates and speakers across East African countries including; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa and USA.
The summit incorporated educational tours to Ol Pejeta Conservancy on 18th June 2018 and Baden-Powell Museum on 20th June 2018. The tours offered multi-sensory learning, enhanced our experience by awakening our five senses and sampling a few tourism products in destination Laikipia and Nyeri.
The 2018 Mazingira Innovation Awards were held and focused on how conservancies are transforming lives. The awards are centered on best sustainable tourism and conservation practices, employment creation, environmental responsibility, recycling and sustainable energy technology and equitable benefit sharing. The Summit Award saw 3 conservancies recognized and awarded for their high impact social empowerment programs. The 3 conservancies that won were;
- Il Ngwesi Group Ranch in Laikipia
- Siana Conservancy in Mara Ecosystem
- Olare Motoragi Conservancy in Mara Ecosystem
What resulted from the summit 2018 was a Declaration of commitment by tourism and conservation stakeholders focusing on four areas for transforming tourism in Africa towards sustainability. The four focus area policies; consumption patterns; business approaches and host community inclusion. CLICK TO READ MORE ON THE 4TH GREEN TOURISM SUMMIT AFRICA DECLARATION ON MODELLING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR TOURISM IN AFRICA.