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SSOUTH AFRICA, Durban – Friday, 3rd May, 2019: Africa’s Travel Indaba, for the first time in its history, awarded exhibitors who had the most environmentally friendly stand at the event.

Held on Friday, 3rd May 2019, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC), the Green Stand Awards were handed out as part of the Indaba’s awards ceremony.

The big winners of the day included Classic Safari Africa, which won the platinum pavilion award, and Thompson’s Tourism, which walked away with the platinum award in the large stand category.

Executive Officer of Classic Safari Africa, Pauline Hawthorn, said the materials on their stand has been re-used for the last decade. Re-use and recycling of stand materials is one of the major criteria for the awards judges. “The tables in the stand are about 20 years old. They just needed a repaint.”

Despite the slight changes made to the materials, the company keeps to its branding values, using canvas to create the look of a tent and rustic wooden fencing to cordon off its area. “We still try to give it the look and feel of a safari,” said Hawthorn.

Classic Safari Africa, however, does not leave their sustainability values behind at Africa’s Travel Indaba. Its 37 camps around Africa are run with the environment in mind, keeping in line with the responsible tourism ethos. “A lot of our camps are responsible. Everything we do is sustainable,” said Hawthorn.

As a concept successfully tried and tested at Meetings Africa, The Green Stand Awards have proven to be as successful at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019 and is sure to feature at next year’s Indaba.

Other award winners on the day include:

 

Tour operator

Accommodation

TMO

Transport

Provincial Auth.

Southern African Development Community and Africa

Outdoor

Sponsorship

Silver

Thompsons

Dream Hotels

ATTA

Springbok Atlas

 

Northern Cape

TAMTAM DRC

Intercape

N/A

Gold

Axis Travel Marketing

Tsogo Sun

Natal Sharks Board

Mack Air

Limpopo Tourism Agency

Uganda Tourism Board

Experience Northern Cape

N/A

Platinum

Tourvest

Karongwe

An African Anthology

Emirates

Cape Town & Western Cape

Namibia Tourism Board

Canvas and Tent

Africology

 

Green Stand Award winners

 

Pavilion

Large

Medium

Small

Gold

Wesgro

Aha Hotels & Lodges

The Blue Train

Ivor Manor

Platinum

Classic Africa Safari

Thompsons

Feather Bed

Onomo

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