CES and Open Africa join forces for indigenous tourism development

Categories: ALL THE NEWS , Skills Development | Author: Rod Baker | Posted: 2012/08/14 | Views: 2529
Learning about, and from, Indigenous communities for the common good.

TORONTO, CANADA: CES, a leading provider for Indigenous Tourism Development, today announced its partnership with Open Africa. CES and Open Africa are pursuing opportunities to coordinate Best Practices Missions focused on Indigenous Tourism Development in Southern Africa with the option for a reciprocal exchange in Canada.

This partnership is designed to share best practices for tourism and economic development as well as to provide an opportunity for a cross-cultural exchange and transfer of knowledge between Indigenous communities in Canada and South Africa respectively. CES and Open Africa quickly found that they were like-minded organizations that are passionate about building relationships with people and places across the globe and enabling people to share their story and culture.

Walk the talk
Clinton Belcher, CEO and President of CES says "It's important we walk the talk and give back to the communities in which we work with.  We are grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from Indigenous communities." 
 
Francois Viljoen, General Manager of Open Africa says "It's time to go beyond our borders in Southern Africa and exchange local expertise and cultural values across the globe for the benefit of all Aboriginal and Indigenous communities alike."
 
CES has been working with Indigenous communities across Canada and abroad to develop unique cultural tourism products. For the past 15 years, they have worked with Aboriginal entrepreneurs, communities and organizations in often remote areas to find innovative solutions for sustainable economic development. 
 
Off the beaten track
Open Africa is a social enterprise that works with communities to establish off-the-beaten-track, self-drive travel routes in a network supported by local enterprises, linking and protecting the splendours and knowledge of rural Africa. Each route clusters travel attractions and services in an area, enabling travellers to tailor their experience according to their interests, time and budget (similar in concept to a wine route).
 
The CES and Open Africa initiative believes that a Best Practices Mission and cultural exchange would be an ideal opportunity for community leaders, entrepreneurs, and economic development officers to learn about sustainable business practices and innovative marketing initiatives from successful Indigenous tourism businesses abroad. Participants will be inspired to exchange and preserve cultural values while sharing innovative ways to use tourism as an option for sustainable economic development. 
 
If you are interested in being a part of this mission or would like to learn more about it contact Amanda Huculak at amanda@cesclients.com or call 1-877-444-5550.

About Open Africa
Open Africa is a social enterprise that uses tourism as an economic platform to create and sustain jobs for rural communities in Africa by developing and marketing the strongest network of self-drive travel destinations in Southern Africa.

Open Africa works with communities to establish off-the-beaten-track, self-drive travel routes in a network supported by local enterprises, linking and protecting the splendours and knowledge of rural Africa. Our routes are then marketed through a comprehensive and welcoming travel portal (www.openafrica.org) and other initiatives, connecting communities to travellers.  
 
About CES
CES is a community & tourism development firm.  They provide turnkey products & services for entrepreneurs and organizations, from idea to implementation and everything between.  For the past 15 years, they have worked with Aboriginal entrepreneurs, communities and organizations for sustainable economic development.
 
CES's expertise lies in Aboriginal & Indigenous community development.  CES has been welcomed into nearly 50 Indigenous communities throughout Canada and abroad, including the homes of the Cree, Ojibway, Gitxsan, Inuit, Mi'kmaq, Tsimshian, M├ętis, Chippewa, Sto:lo, Odawa, Pottawotomie, Guarani, Rapa Nui, Garifuna, and Zulu. More information about CES can be found at www.cesclients.com.

Images:
(Top) Indigenous Canadians meeting members of the British royal family. ((Image: Wikimedia Commons)
(Centre) A young Metis girl in her shawl. (Image: Wikimedia Commons) 
(Bottom) Beware... Crocodile! (Image: Esculapio, via Wikimedia Commons)