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The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) consisting of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary are the current winners of the Lilizela Service Excellence Awards - Best Visitor Experience 'Wildlife Encounters'; Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award - Best Major Attraction; winner of the 'Best Animal Welfare Initiative' and overall winner of the World Responsible Tourism Awards.
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Eia Campaign Administrator – Forests

EIA Campaign Administrator – Forests
January 7, 2015
Organisation: Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
Location: Islington, London
DeskPosition Type: Paid, Full Time, Permanent
Salary:  £competitive
Application Closing Date: 5pm on Monday, January 26, 2015
Contact Name: Bill Dishington
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: +44 (0) 20 7354 7960

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The 11th International Conference On Responsible Tourism In Destinations

RTD11 The 11th  International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations 14th – 15th April 2014 
The first International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations took place in Cape Town in 2002, it was organised with Western Cape Tourism as a side event to the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg ten years on from Rio.
The Cape Town Conference established the city as the birthplace of the idea of Responsible Tourism in Destinations. The 2002 conference brought together tourism businesses, governments and inter-governmental organisations to discuss how the ideas of Responsible Tourism developing in Europe could build on the South African national policy adopted in 1996. The Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism  endorsed by 280 delegates from 20 countries placed  the City has been at the forefront of Responsible Tourism implementation in South Africa and globally. The World Travel Market’s Responsible Tourism programme used the Cape Town Declaration’s definition of Responsible Tourism. The World Travel Market 2014 Industry Report published in November 2014 reported that 86% of respondents perceived sustainability to be important to their business and more than 60 per cent of respondents said that responsible tourism will increase over the next three years, 30% say it will increase significantly.

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Air France To Fly To South Africa

Air China will commence direct flights into South Africa from March as part of the strengthening of its codeshare agreement with South African Airways, an inside source has told Tourism Update. DoT deputy director: licensing and permits, Andries Ntjane, also confirmed that Air China had made a request for designation to operate on the route to South Africa. He explained that since Air China was a licensed operator, there shouldn’t be any major hurdles. “It’s just a formality,” he added. Air China will operate direct flights to Johannesburg from Beijing with a 45-minute layover before continuing on to Cape Town, the source said. The introduction of direct flights coincides with 2015 being the ‘Year of China’ in South Africa. “The final detail is happening this month for operations in March,” the source confirmed. Caro Malherbe and Dorine Reinstein.  Sourced from: Tourismupdate

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Poachers Beware!

Upon first glance, the new efforts undertaken by the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on behalf of their wildlife may seem extreme. Pause for a moment, though, and consider this fact: three of six endangered white rhinos left on the planet reside at the reserve. Now, Ol Pejeta’s military-style plan may feel less scary and more necessary.
Teams of Kenyan police reservists are trained to a high level and armed against the threat of poachers. Trained dogs work side-by-side with these men to patrol the reserve’s some 90,000 acres and safeguard the astounding variety of animals at Ol Pejeta in addition to the endangered white rhino, including lions, leopards, zebras, elephants, buffalo, chimpanzees, and hartebeests. And from above, drones monitor the land, alerting the staff to any disconcerting presence or issue. A three-pronged approach to safety may sound complex, but Ol Pejeta will not rest until the day when all wildlife’s survival is guaranteed. 

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Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards

Award collected by Niels Els, President Skål International Garden Route, on behalf of the SAASA

Congratulations to The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) for winning The SKAL International Sustainable Tourism Award “Best Major Tourist Attraction in the World” which was bestowed on SAASA at the 75th SKAL International Conference in Mexico City on 26th October 2014.
Sunday, 26 October 2014 - During the Opening Ceremony of the 75th Skål World Congress held at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, Mrs. Karine Coulanges, International President of Skål International, presented the Sustainable Tourism awards to eight winners. Conducted with the help of Sealed Air's Diversey Care division, a leading global provider of commercial cleaning, sanitation and hygiene solutions, the awards honour tourism initiatives that support environmental sustainability.
Skål, founded in 1934, is the largest organisation of travel and tourism professionals in the world. To encourage the conservation of the environment and help promote the development of responsible and sustainable tourism, Skål International initiated an awards program in 2002, during "The Year of Ecotourism and the Mountains" as declared by the United Nations.
Since their launch in 2002, the awards have received strong ongoing support and attracted a high level of participation, with a total of 506 entrants. This year, a total of 24 projects from 12 countries entered the eight different categories. Click here to view the full list of projects.              
To evaluate the projects, Skål International selected the panel of three independent judges from important institutions/organisations and experts in Eco and Sustainable tourism. The primary criteria for the evaluation is based on points such as contribution to the conservation of nature and cultural heritage, community involvement, educational features, business viability and innovation.
Skål International wishes to express its gratitude to the three independent judges for accepting to carry on the evaluation and for the meticulous and laborious work conducted by them.
THE FEATURED PHOTOGRAPH: The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance award collected by Niels Els who is the President Skål International Garden Route.

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