Sustainable tourism futures for Africa
We currently collaborate with more than a dozen local African partners. Dreamcatcher have been working on the future of tourism since before Mandela was released from prison. Nelson Mandela’s plea at his inauguration as the state president in 1994, was for private and public sector to work together with the local people, to improve quality of life for all his people and collectively transform South Africa. We at ALAAPii have taken these words very seriously, not through empty words, but committed to tangible actions leading to concrete measurable sustainability in local communities. Therefore we are guided by Dreamcatcher’s tourism model and values to deliver on socio-economical growth and environmentally friendly destinations, which also means being sensitive to over-tourism. Through every tour we commit to the values that inspired Dreamcatcher’s tourism model of socio-economical growth and are environmentally friendly destinations for visitors and locals to enjoy.
“When we teach the concept of sustainable tourism in the classroom, we often question – ‘Is tourism truly sustainable?’ And, we struggle to find strong examples of sustainable tourism experiences that consider the social, economic, and environmental impacts of tourism on the host community. We were extremely fortunate to find Dreamcatcher South Africa as a prime example of sustainable tourism. Dreamcatcher has changed the way that our students think about the planning, implementation, and growth of sustainable tourism and its application in community-based tourism experiences, bringing diverse intra-cultural encounters to life. Dreamcatcher empowers its community members, supports the local economy, introduces innovative re-use solutions to waste management in Melkhoutfontein, directly countering climate change. This model of sustainable tourism can and should be replicated worldwide – it has the power to shift traditional tourism dynamics between host community and visitor.”
-Assistant Professor Dr. Kelly Cerialo, Paul Smith’s College, Director of Paul Smith’s College’s Global Centre for Rural Communities, CANADA
What we offer our partners
Adhering to the 3 core principles for sustainability, namely SOCIAL JUSTICE, ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY AND ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY, working in an integrated manner: We collaborate and work mutually with the local eco-system to offer destination development, training, purposed skills transfer and awareness as key components informing actions to address sustainability. ALAAPii views local communities as the ultimate custodians of the local environment where they live.
ALAAPii views communities and indigenous cultures as the ultimate custodians of the local environment where they live in close proximity to awesome nature and diversity. concerning the UN Sustainable Development Goals and their importance. There we research and integrate local knowledge and challenges to spearhead projects and activities which address and action the UN Goals and champion local climate action.
Based on the collaborative, integrated model of Dreamcatcher projects co-developed and innovated into ethical solutions for sustainable change, which supports local enterprise and ownership, without negatively impacting the ones that are already in place. These new enterprises and jobs create new income streams and diversifies jobs in regions where income sufficiency is under threat through natural, climate or environmental causes.
Diversity * Inclusivity * Humanity * Environment * Fun
ALAAPii collaborates with our partner Dreamcatcher South Africa NPC as the sustainable tourism specialists. We are holding good on our commitment. It has even inspired the design of our brand and logo. See the image on the right. It represents this collaboration between stakeholders and the 2 i’s in our name. You can also see the dots in the drawing of Africa in our logo. These dots on the East of Africa symbolise the historical legacy of human communication and engagement. You can identify these thinking and talking dots/strings in rock art thousands of years old.