Caroline is the chair and co-founder of the Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme. The focus of the STPP is to drive change across the tourism industry thus making it more sustainable. Caroline is deeply entrenched in tourism and spends time traveling across South Africa to engage with tourism stakeholders in urban, peri-urban and rural South Africa. Caroline is a hands-on change agent, who makes it her business to talk to as many tourism stakeholders as possible, helping them move into the realms of sustainable tourism. Over the past 7 years, Caroline has travelled to more than 120 towns to assist tourism businesses and municipalities with sustainable tourism awareness, development of tourism plans, responsible tourism implementation and community tourism development. Caroline regularly presents training for the STPP on Sustainable Tourism Awareness and Staff Green Training.
Caroline also pro-actively engages the industry at various forums, committees and boards to ensure that her grass roots experience and knowledge is incorporated into policies, standards and planning initiatives. She has been instrumental in many changes at regulatory level to create an enabling environment for Sustainable Tourism. She also regularly appears as a guest speaker at various tourism forums country wide. Caroline contributes to the Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Handbook. Caroline has been involved in tourism since she opened her Guest House in 2006.
Since 2015, Caroline has travelled to Argentina, Brazil, Botswana, Cambodia, China, Columbia, Portugal, Namibia, Spain, representing the Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme and sharing knowledge of sustainable development with international stakeholders. In 2017, The South African Embassy in Portugal sponsored a visit to that country, where Caroline shared Sustainable Tourism Practices from South Africa.
Caroline has been appointed as a Jury Member for the ART&TUR International Tourism Film Festival in Portugal as well as the TERRES International Tourism Film Festival in Catalunya in Spain. Caroline is also the Festival Director for the International Tourism Film Festival – Africa
Caroline is passionate about sustainable tourism and is seen in the industry as a leader in driving awareness and implementation amongst small business. Caroline has helped the small tourism sector to move forward and to being recognised as a significant economic contributor with the potential of leading sustainability in tourism.