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Take this simple test to find out whether or not you are ready to apply for Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) certification.

1. Has your tourism business been operational for a minimum of one year?

To be considered a tourism business, at least 50% of the revenue of the business must be from tourism. Tourism businesses can be accommodation, activities, attractions, facilities, food services and volunteer programmes.

2. Does your tourism business operate in South Africa, Madagascar or Mozambique?

FTT piloting their Quality Management System in Madagascar from June 2013 and in Mozambique from April 2014.

Expansion into Lesotho and Swaziland to be rolled out thereafter.

Mutual Recognition agreements being pursued in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia and Tanzania

3. Does your tourism business provide fair wages and working conditions?

In South Africa this means compliance with the Basic Conditions of Employment and Sectoral Determination 14.

4. Is your tourism business committed to fair operations, purchasing and distribution of benefits?

Does your business have a policy on procurement that supports small, local, organic, eco-friendly and Fair Trade suppliers?

Does your business have a policy on community investment?

5. Does your tourism business demonstrate respect for human rights, culture and the environment?

Is your business committed to a policy of non-discrimination?

Do you provide opportunities for tourists to learn about local cultures?

Is your business implementing an Environmental Management Plan, with targets for reduction of energy, water and waste?

If you can answer “yes” to all five questions, you are ready to apply for FTT certification. Simply go to the registration page to begin your on-line application. If not, have a look at the FTT certification manual under Resources or contact the FTT Business Development Support desk thiofhi@fairtadetourism.org.za for assistance.

If you have answered "yes" to all five questions, you are eligible to apply for certification.

Click here to begin your online application.