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Energy Tourism And Cape Town

By J.F. Kloppers

In hopes of improving the tourism sector, South Africa's Mother City of Cape Town is well primed to host the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) conference at the Westin hotel this year.

This comes after Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille was recently elected as the WECP Vice President for 2016-2017.

The City says it will strive towards securing renewable energy-related partnerships with cities like Aberdeen, Calgary, Damman, Daqing, Doha, Dongying, Esbjerg, Halifax, Houston, Perth and Rio de Janeiro to contribute to the development of the tourism sector of the Western Cape, amongst others.

Ultimately, these possible partnerships are said to make Cape Town a better place to visit.

“Our City is committed to securing its long-term energy future in a way that builds resilience, and supports economic growth and job creation for all our citizens,” De Lille says.

Project Khulisa directed by the Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, identified tourism and agri-processing as core growth markets for the province within the next five years.

Wesgro CEO Tim Harris trusts that introducing the WECP 2016 in Cape Town comes at a well-fit time for the province as it grants the city the perfect opportunity to familiarise representatives with the local economic ecosystem. “The collaboration between the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government and other partners to bring this meeting here shows our commitment to the sector and is an indication that the world is realising that Cape Town has a key role to play in the energy space,” he says.

The Western Cape has been pioneering green initiatives in South Africa. In May this year, Traveller24 highlighted ways in which tourism in Cape Town has been greening up.

Airports Company South Africa [Acsa], for example, is incorporating vehicle smoke emission testing at Cape Town International airport to help curb its carbon footprint.

Also the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the Western Cape says it will aim more intensely to assist hospitality industries in greening their establishments going forward. A leader in this industry can be seen in Hotel Verde, close to the Cape Town International Airport.

This hotel opened in 2013, and was built on green-only principles. Within one year of existence, the hotel was already named a World leading establishment when became the very first hotel in the world to be awarded double platinum for Ledership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

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