News – Fair Trade Tourism
The Child Protection Code (The Code) is an international industry-driven initiative with a mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. The goal of the Child Protection Code is to work with travel and tourism companies to combat child sex crimes in the sector.
Fair Trade Tourism (FTT), a non-profit organisation that promotes responsible tourism in southern Africa and beyond, has recently launched the FTT Tourism Service Provider Register.
South Africa’s leading responsible tourism NGO, Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA), is changing its name to Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) in order to signal the intention of becoming a regional responsible tourism certification programme.
Fair Trade Tourism South Africa (FTT) has recently certified two businesses in the Dinokeng area; Kwagga’s Pride and Kwalata Game Ranch. These two businesses are expected to be the first in a long row of businesses in the area working toward FTT certification as part of a campaign by Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) called “Travel with a Conscience”.
The definition of success in business globally is changing to integrate sustainable practices into the business model.
Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) has recently certified its first ever property in the tourism hotspot of Oudtshoorn. De Zeekoe Guest Farm is an owner-managed African farm that offers a variety of accommodation types ,from stylish suites to rustic waterfront chalets with both catered and self-catering options.
FTTSA certification is an independent endorsement of fair and responsible tourism practice in South Africa. It is based on adherence to specific criteria including fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.
Market leader TUI Nederland has developed the second Fair Trade Tourism holiday package to South Africa on the Dutch market.
On 11 May 2012, the Sustainable Tourism Network Southern Africa (STNSA) hosted its fourth Annual Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Durban, South Africa. The purpose of this meeting was to evaluate the four-year history of the STNSA and define a new programme of work in response to current trends in the sustainable tourism certification environment.
XO Africa, a Cape Town-based DMC that focuses on the French market, is the latest tour operator to join the pioneering group of local and international tour operators that have developed and certified Fair Trade Tourism holiday packages.