Tips on Greening your Tourism Business
Fair Trade Tourism has partnered with Tourism Tattler in supporting the aims and aspirations of the
2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
Through a series of editorial features published throughout this year, Tourism Tattler will be profiling a selection of Fair Trade certified tourism businesses who meet, and in many cases exceed, sustainable tourism practices.
All Fair Trade Tourism certified properties, products and services have met stringent criteria focusing on:
• Fair wages and working conditions
• Fair operations, purchasing and distribution of benefits
• Ethical business practices
• Respect for human rights, culture and the environment.
The Fair Trade Tourism Certified label is the mark of global best practice in sustainable tourism across Africa.
By using Fair Trade certified members, travellers or members of the travel trade, are assured that the tourism business which carries this label has been assessed by an independent, third-party auditor, adheres to the Fair Trade Tourism standard, which is recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and is committed to fair, responsible and sustainable tourism.
Selecting a Fair Trade Tourism-certified business also provides assurance that local travel benefits communities and economies as the business is operated ethically in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
Fair Trade Tourism also recognises like-minded certification programmes in other African countries through mutual recognition agreements with the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label; Eco Awards Namibia; Responsible Tourism Tanzania and Botswana's Ecotourism Certification Programme.
As a non-profit organisation, Fair Trade Tourism is considered the leader in sustainable, responsible tourism in Africa. It grows awareness about responsible tourism, assists tourism businesses to operate more sustainably and facilitates the Fair Trade Tourism certification programme in South Africa, Mozambique and Madagascar.
Fair Trade Tourism certification is available for the following categories of tourism businesses:
• Tourism facilities (such as spas and conferencing),
• Food services (such as restaurants)
• Activities (such as day trips and tours)
• Attractions (such as museums or botanical gardens)
• Volunteer programmes.