April 21, 2015 by dyertrust

Our Tourism Partners - Marine Dynamics is very proud to have won the African Responsible Tourism Award for Best in Wildlife Conservation. This category is awarded to a tourism business or initiative that preserves and carefully manages habitat and wildlife species.

Awards were handed out at a special ceremony held on the 16th April at the World Travel Market Africa. This also means we are automatically shortlisted for the World Responsible Tourism Award held in the UK in November at WTM.


Judges' reasons for winning: "Marine Dynamics provide very high quality shark cage diving experiences. They operate in a sector where there is rightly a lot of criticism of current practice. Marine Dynamics are industry leaders, a commercial operation which operates to the highest conservation standards, where every trip has a marine biologist aboard to provide interpretation and collect data for scientific research. An operator that makes a significant contribution to conservation and the local economy.

We are grateful for all those who see the value in the work we do, not only for the environment, but for the upliftment of our local community through tourism and conservation. It is only through these valuable partnerships that help create a successful commercial operation that we can focus on the conservation and community work that needs to be done.

Marine Dynamics also sponsored the category Best in Poverty Reduction which was won by our partners Grootbos. Gansbaai was awarded Best Destination for Responsible Tourism and won overall so a great day for us and the area in which we operate.

These awards are widely recognized, and articles featured in various newspapers across South Africa - such as the two out of Buite Burger below.

Buite Burger - 21st April 2015 - WTM Africa Awards

Buite Burger - 21st April 2015 - WTA African Awards