Tourism Cares announces Bob Whitley Grant to SANParks Honorary Rangers
(CANTON, MASS) - Tourism Cares, the lede U.S. philanthropy supported by the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, is pleased to announce that the 2013 Tourism Cares Bob Whitley Grant will support the Honorary Rangers Program at Table Mountain National Park in South Africa. The $5,000 grant will allow the Rangers Program to continue to expand its dog patrol program at Table Mountain, a World Heritage site visited by 4.2 million visitors each year.
Bob Whitley, the late president of the United States Tour Operators Association, was a board member and founder of Tourism Cares. Founded in 2005 by the merger of USTOA’s Travelers Conservation Foundation and the National Tour Association’s foundation, Tourism Cares works to preserve the travel experience for future generations through grants, volunteer restoration programs, and student programs offered to those preparing for careers in the travel and tourism sector.
“Table Mountain National Park, recently voted one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, is an iconic international tourism venue,” said Janssen Davies, Chairperson of the SANParks Honorary Rangers. “Tourism Cares’ donation will help the South African National Parks Honorary Rangers to grow the Table Mountain Patrol Dog Unit, ensuring visitors have an enjoyable and safe time when visiting Table Mountain.“
Table Mountain National Park covers 61,750 acres plus 1,000 square kilometers of coast and ocean. The Park has numerous public access points and the Honorary Rangers dog patrol program has proven to be successful in preventing crime and assisting in rescue activities in remote areas.
“South Africa was chosen as the 2013 grant recipient because, in his own words, Bob Whitley always said that South Africa was a place you ‘just have to see and experience’,” explained Bruce Beckham, Executive Director of Tourism Cares. “On behalf of the Whitley family and Tourism Cares, thank you to all who gave and all who will give in the days and years to come in memory of Bob.”
The Honorary Rangers program is a supporting organization which helps generate support for the South Africa National Parks. For more information, please visit www.sanparksvolunteers.org.
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