Cape wants to grow tourism through World Energy Cities Partnership conference

Published on : Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cape wantsCape intends to improve its tourism industry by holding theWorld Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) conference at the Westin hotel this year.

Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille has been freshly voted as the WECP Vice President for 2016-2017.


The City says that it will try to form better relationships with cities like Aberdeen, Doha, Dongying, Esbjerg, Halifax, Houston, Calgary, Damman, Daqing, Perth and Rio de Janeiro for the betterment of the tourism industry of West Cape.


All these partnerships will be to foster the tourism industry of Cape Town.

De Lille says. “Our City is committed to securing its long-term energy future in a way that builds resilience, and supports economic growth and job creation for all our citizens.”
Alan Winde, theWestern Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities who is also the director of Project Khulisa considers tourism and agri-processing as flourishing businesses for the region in the next five years.

Wesgro CEO Tim Harris says that the WECP 2016 in Cape Town couldn’t have been at a better time as it will give them an opportunity to show the representatives the local economic ecosystem.

He says, “The collaboration between the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government and other partners to bring this meeting here shows our commitment to the sector and is an indication that the world is realising that Cape Town has a key role to play in the energy space,”

The Western Cape is the pioneer of green initiatives in South Africa. Traveller24 focussed in May this year on how tourism in Cape Town has been greening up.


Airports Company South Africa [Acsa] has decided to incorporate vehicle smoke emission testing at Cape Town International airport to assist in lowering its carbon footprint.
The Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the Western Cape says that it will do all it can to help the hospitality sector in making their establishments greener from now on. One of the leaders in this sector can be seen in Hotel Verde, near to the Cape Town International Airport.


The hotel was started in 2013, and had green-only principles as its basis. It needed just a year to prove its worth as it was already named a leading establishment of the world when it became the very first hotel in the world to be awarded by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for double platinum for Ledership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).


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