Tips on Green­ing your Tourism Busi­ness

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL - View Africa’s Sus­tain­able Tourism Gems al­ready listed on the UNWTO IYSTD2017 of­fi­cial web­site at: www.touris­m4de­vel­op­

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:

• Ac­com­mo­da­tion

• 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.

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