BOTSWANA LEADS AFRICA IN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM, PRESERVING 37% OF LAND FOR WILDLIFE. PIONEERING STRATEGIES AND ECO-FRIENDLY INITIATIVES FUEL ECONOMIC GROWTH AND CONSERVATION.
Botswana shines as a beacon of sustainable tourism in Africa. A remarkable 37% of its land covers national parks or wildlife management areas. This commitment preserves wildlife and natural treasures.
Simultaneously, Botswana empowers local communities, especially in rural areas, fostering ecotourism initiatives for widespread social inclusion and economic development.
Setting the bar in sustainable tourism since 2002, Botswana’s National Ecotourism Strategy is globally renowned. Revenues from tourism activities are reinvested in conservation programs, making it a pioneer in responsible practices.
Wildlife sanctuaries combat poaching, protecting endangered species like rhinos and free-roaming elephant herds. The Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, exemplifies the preservation efforts seen in safari camps, ensuring environmental protection and community benefits.
With careful planning, Botswana’s tourism has become the nation’s second economic pillar, attracting discerning international travelers. Boasting over 200,000 elephants, the country showcases its dedication to sustainable practices and conservation.
Embracing the 2002 Ecotourism Certification System, Botswana encourages responsible behavior from businesses in the tourism sector. The system sets environmentally responsible standards, ensuring businesses provide quality, eco-friendly products to consumers.
The country’s government strategically targets high-income, low-volume tourism, minimizing the impact on the country’s natural landscape. This forward-thinking approach solidifies its status as a premier destination for responsible and sustainable travel.
Botswana Tourism Investment Summit 2023
Uncover lucrative tourism investments at the inaugural Botswana Tourism Investment Summit, co-hosted by the Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) and International Tourism Investment Corporation Ltd (ITIC). Scheduled from November 22 to 24, 2023, at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC), this event, in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) from the World Bank Group, will feature insightful sessions addressing pivotal challenges and trends. Positioned as a catalyst, the summit aims to drive transformative change in Botswana’s tourism sector.