At the recent Lilizela Awards evening hosted by the Minister Of Tourism, Durban Green Corridor was awarded the National Imvelo Award For Resposinle Tourism in the Best Practice: Economic Development Category. This shortly after Durban Green Corridor guide and centre manager at iSithumba Adventures, Jeffrey Buthelezi was awarded the Best Cultural Guide, KwaZulu-Natal award.
The Imvelo (Imvelo means 'nature') Responsible Tourism awards were initiated to coincide with the World Summit on Sustainable Development that was held in South Africa in 2002. They recognise tourism and hospitality businesses that make a real, measurable and sustained contribution to Responsible Tourism. The awards are in line with the National Minimum Standard for Responsible Tourism, the Responsible Tourism guidelines for the South African hospitality industry and the UN World Tourism Organisation's code of ethics. The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) is the custodian of Imvelo.
The Imvelo award for "Best Economic Impact" recognizes the impacts of tourism and the effect that Durban Green Corridor has on its local community. The judges were specifically looking at the extent in which the project contributed to the economic benefit of the communities we work in and our ability to quantify the impacts that we have on the community.
"This is a huge honor to receive and wonderful to see some recognition at a national level for the work we do, our aim is to add value, economic and social value to Durban's open spaces, encourage tourists to use these beautiful, wild areas. We certainly intend to expand our efforts, get more people into the valley and get more community members actively involved and benefiting from tourism in Durban's rural areas. However, at the end of the day none of this would have been possible without the huge ongoing support we receive from the City of eThekwini, the enthusiasm and support of communities we work in as well as Durban Green Corridor Staff." - Chantal Pillay, DGC Operations Manager
Although we are feeling very proud of this achievement, but it is really you, the tourist, the people who support our projects, come canoeing with us, use our Mountain Bike Trails, visit our cultural attractions, support our events, it is your money spent in these communities and your interest in being a responsible tourist that really makes this project tick. Thank You!