Love the World: How respect and tolerance bound travellers together


Cape Town - There is a bond of mutual respect, love for the world we live in and eagerness to understand things, cultures and people beyond our horizons that bound the true travellers of this world together. 

And, as seen in an inspiration new video put together by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), travellers are the adventurers and the dreamers seeking to leave behind a better world as legacy. 

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In the face of changing climates - quite literally - leaving a better world behind seems almost an impossible task. 

But, echoing SA's Nelson Mandela's words "It always seems impossible until it's done", the UNWTO video encourages tolerance and change saying "There is no impossible" when travellers work together. 

Recalling that 2017 has been designated by the United Nations the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, UNWTO chief Taleb Rifai says that all of the world's tourism authorities need to “work closer together to harness the contribution of tourism to economic growth, social inclusion, cultural and environmental preservation and mutual understanding, particularly when we live in times with such a deficit of respect and tolerance.”

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In line with this dream, South Africa is right at the frontline of this global tourism trend. 

Financial injections to assist attractions to get off the grid have been implemented and more recently, South African Tourism's new CEO, Sisa Ntshona, insisted that SA Tourism would work to 'eradicate' wild animal interactions in the country. 

Ntshona move is something the UNWTO video refers to as 'fighting for those who are unable to do so for themselves'. 

Ntshona says that conservation authorities' concerns about cub petting and other wildlife interaction practices are taken extremely seriously and that SA Tourism is in discussion with the "Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme to see how we can work more closely with them to eradicate such practices". 

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"Our marketing efforts promote an authentic and credible tourism experience to all our tourists, and this includes an authentic wildlife experience to keep it as “wild” and natural as possible," Ntshona says. 

In addition to the sustainable tourism efforts, SA Tourism also works to make travelling in the country a more accessible concept - both in terms of facilitating disabled persons, as well as making travel more affordable for local travellers, especially. 

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