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10 November 2011

Imvelo 2011 winners announced

The winners of the 2011 Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards were announced at a gala event in Sandton, Johannesburg on 9 November 2011 - World Responsible Tourism Day.

Marie Abraham of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company accepts the award from Eddy Khoza, FEDHASA chairman Marie Abraham of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company accepts the award from Eddy Khoza, FEDHASA chairman

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has for many years been at the forefront of environmental stewardship, having been the first business in Africa to achieve Green Globe Certification and one of the first in tourism to achieve ISO14001 certification. - Brett Dungan, FEDHASA CEO

The overall winner of the 2011 Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards (Imvelo) is the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company.

Brett Dungan, CEO of the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA), which organises Imvelo, said the judges applauded the company’s overall performance and sustained commitment to responsible practices.

'The company has for many years been at the forefront of environmental stewardship, having been the first business in Africa to achieve Green Globe Certification and one of the first in tourism to achieve ISO14001 certification through the South African Bureau of Standards,' said Dungan.

Sun International Zambia was named group winner in the Best Social Involvement Programme category, with African Impact the independent winner.

Sun International Zambia also took the group winner award in the Best Practice - Economic Impact category. The independent winner was The Backpack and African Travel Centre in Cape Town.

The Drakensberg Sun Lifestyle Resort walked away as group winner in the Best Overall Environmental Management System category, with the Nkomazi Game Reserve in Mpumalanga being highly commended.

Awards were also given for the Best Single Resource Management Programme – Energy Management, Water Management, and Waste Management.

The Town Lodge Sandton took the award in the Energy Management category. The Drakensberg Sun Lifestyle Resort won in the Water Management category and Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel in Cape Town won in the Waste Management category. The independent winner in the Waste Management category was The Backpack and Africa Travel Centre.

Southern Sun Hotel Interests was named Most Empowered Tourism Business, with The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town being highly commended.

The Vineyard Hotel and Spa won in the Investor in People category, with Motsethabo Tours being highly commended.

The FEDHASA Chairman's Award was made to Lorraine Jenks of Hostelstuff/Greenstuff for her commitment to responsible tourism practice in the hospitality industry.