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The finalists in the 2012 Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards programme, organised bythe Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) inconjunction with the National Department of Tourism, have been announced.


Imvelo,running for the eleventh year, awards tourism businesses that demonstratesustained responsible practice in their operations in terms of their natural,social and economic environments. 


A totalof 39 tourism businesses made it to the finals in this year’s awards programme.


The finalists are African Impact, African Safari Lodge Foundation, Amakhala GameReserve in the Eastern Cape, Beacon Island Resort, Calabash Tours, Cape GraceHotel, Cape Town International Convention Centre, City Lodge Hotels, Da VinciHotel and Suites in Sandton, Drakensberg Sun Resort, Garden Court Blackrock,Garden Court Hatfield, Garden Court Polokwane, Garden Court Sandton, KamogeloGuest House near the Pilanesberg, Intercontinental Sandton Towers,Kievitskroon, Kondowe Game Reserve in Limpopo, Maliba Mountain Lodge inLesotho, Open Africa, Oude Werf Hotel, Prince Grant Golf Estate and Lodge onthe KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, Protea Hotel Bloemfontein, Red Carnation HotelCollection,  Riverside Sun Resort on the Vaal River, Sandton Convention Centre,Sandton Sun Hotel, Scan Display, Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel, So We Too, aunique Soweto tour experience, Sun International Zambia, Sun City Resort, TableMountain Aerial Cableway Company, Tongabesi Lodge in Zambia, Tsogo Sun Group,Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, Vineyard Hotel and Spa, White Shark Adventuresand Zalala Beach Lodge and Safaris in Mozambique.


Imvelo –which means ‘nature’ in South Africa’s Nguni languages - encourages industrymembers to accept voluntary guidelines promoting responsible tourism. Theawards are in line with the National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourismand the UN World Tourism Organisation’s code of ethics, and are supported bythe Heritage Environmental Rating Programme.


Awards will be made in the categories Best social involvement programme, Best practice– economic impact, Best overall environmental management system, Best single resource management programme – for energy, water and waste, Most empowered tourism business and Investor in people.  An overall Imvelo winner will beselected. 


A Chairman’s Award could be made at the discretion of the FEDHASA chairman to any Imvelo entrant or any other organisation in the tourism industry that made a significant contribution to responsible tourism over the past year.


Winners will receive their awards at an awards ceremony to be held in Johannesburg on31 October.


The awards are supported by Absa, the Department of Water Affairs, Eskom and theIndustrial Development Corporation.


For more information contact Cheryl Stevens on 0861 333 628.

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