As the travel industry moves towards providing ethical and sustainable experiences, we aim to represent these values at Experience Africa. The future of our industry depends on how we protect our planet, so we are dedicated to reducing our environmental impact and limiting unnecessary waste. Here are just some of the ways we work to be sustainable at Experience Africa:
You won’t find single-use plastic cutlery or crockery at any of our events as we aim to use as little plastic as possible. Even our delegate badges and lanyards are fully recyclable as they’re made from paper and bamboo. Exhibitors are asked to limit the amount of collateral they bring to the show, and recycling bins are provided throughout our venues, encouraging delegates to reduce waste sent to landfill.
We have hosted a number of travel experts at Experience Africa, including Holly Budge, a passionate conservationist and adventurer, and Vicky Smith, founder of Earth Changers. In 2019, Jim Sano, the WWF’s Vice President for Travel, Tourism and Conservation, joined us to discuss the illegal wildlife trade and how to create responsible wildlife experiences. We are an industry leader for bold discussions and debates around sustainability and responsible tourism.
Experience Africa offers charities and projects a platform to show the travel trade how they can help tourism to make a positive impact. Previous exhibitors include Water-to-Go, who offer an alternative to single-use plastic with their filtered, reusable water bottles, and How Many Elephants, a charity dedicated to stopping elephant poaching.