Thursday’s blue skies and fair weather was perfect for the group of local tourism stakeholders and tourism business owners that set out from Lookout Hill on the Sustainable Tourism Cycling Tour of Khayelitsha.
The tour was organised by the City of Cape Town’s Area East as part of their Tourism Month and International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development activities. In line with this theme, the tour focused strongly on responsible tourism and local area tourism development.
During the half-day cycling event, guests joined the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo, cycling between four tourism sites. There was ample time between for guests to network and meet local business owners at each site.
Cape Town is a leading African destination and it draws visitors from domestic and international markets. Even though many of these visitors are very sensitive of their global carbon footprint, awareness of resource consumption continues to grow.
The Sustainable Tourism Cycling Tour will offer a more responsible experience of township culture, providing visitors with more opportunities to interact with the local community than they would have from an air-conditioned bus, they will lower their local carbon footprint and have the chance to support local businesses.
The intention and purpose of the Sustainable Tourism Cycling Tour is:
- Promoting cycling as an alternative and safe means of experiencing the township, by decreasing the carbon footprint and being environmentally friendly.
- Encouraging social consciousness through engagements with the local communities and utilising local businesses.
- Generating an income towards local tourism businesses
- Creating a platform for engagement between tourism stakeholders and local businesses.
For more information, contact Racquel Barnard at [email protected]