Cape Town: A marine lover’s paradise

25 July 2012 | Leon Jamarie

photo courtesy <a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/6005192196/'>mikecogh</a> photo courtesy mikecogh

Cape Town is a water lover’s dream, home to a host of marine life, water activities and, with more than 10 marine protected areas, it has so much to offer as a tourist destination.

Cape Town is also a city that is climate smart, environmentally friendly and green. We have a universal responsibility to be aware of our carbon footprint and the ways we can be more responsible. Climate Smart Cape Town is a campaign centred on teaching Cape Town residents about climate change and what the City of Cape Town and other leading organisations are doing about it.

Cape Town Tourism, the city’s official destination marketing body, supports responsible tourism which, by Cape Town Tourism defines as, “tourism that promotes responsibility to the environment through its sustainable use; responsibility to involve local communities in the tourism industry; responsibility for the safety and security of visitors and responsible government, employees, employers, unions and local communities”. South Africa and Cape Town, in particular, has been at the forefront of responsible tourism practices. The Cape Town declaration on responsible tourism was signed in 2002 at the Cape Town Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations.

The 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, an internationally acclaimed conferencing venue, which was awarded the prestigious IMEX Green Supplier Award at the IMEX in Frankfurt. The Green Supplier Award is one of the most sought after in the business events industry and recognises environmental excellence and innovation within the meetings industry, as well as representing the highest accolade for environmental responsibility among meeting suppliers.

The IAC organising committee is equally passionate about sustainability. Click here to check out a video that outlines some of the steps taken to ensure that the 2012 IAC doesn’t cost the earth.

What to see and do while here

Cape Town is an ideal destination for the environmentally sustainability traveller with plenty to see and do for nature lovers and marine conservationists alike. But what else does Cape Town offer for the intrepid traveller? As part of the social programme we are offering a field outing to Gansbaai for personal encounters with great white sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and penguins. Delegates will choose between boat-based whale watching and shark cage diving.

photo courtesy  <a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/strandloper/34642581/in/set-72157594582695368'>Steve Crane</a> photo courtesy Steve Crane

Cape Town has some of South Africa’s top tourist attractions all within an hour’s drive of the city centre, including the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain, Cape Point, the winelands, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Robben Island and Boulders Penguin Colony. Top of the list is South Africa’s world-renowned natural wonder Table Mountain. Visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the mountain, Cape Town city centre and the Atlantic Ocean during the ride to the top aboard the cable car with a revolving floor.

If you’ve decided to leave a few days open to explore, Cape Town Tourism’s interactive website will help you choose activities focused on the city’s natural environment. For the more adventurous traveller, there is also a host of outdoor and adventure activities and attractions to uncover.

Day trips for 2012 IAC delegates

Check out our extensive list of day trips, specially tailored for IAC delegates, here.

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