Paul Miedema remembered at WTM Africa

Industry mourns responsible tourism activist

Paul Miedema founder of Calabash Tours and a leading activist for Responsible Tourism was recognised as in the Responsible Tourism Awards in 2004.
In 1990 Paul participated in The March for Hope, a protest March of white people to the townships. “I knew then, and still maintain, there is an energy and spirit in the townships that is life changing. I just want to share that with as many people as possible.”

Paul died earlier this year and his untimely passing and his major contribution to the development of the Responsible Tourism movement globally was remembered and recognised again at the African Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM Africa today.

The category sponsor for Best for Engaging People and Culture, Transfrontier Parks Destinations, dedicated the category to Paul “one of Africa’s most dedicated Responsible Tourism champions.”

Nomandla Xakatha of Coffee Shack Backpackers acknowledged Paul’s contribution to the development of their enterprise in his speech as one of the Overall winners.

He was missed and remembered at WTM Africa this year.

Paul was out peopleandplaces partner and our latest newsletter is a tribute to him.

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