News – Fair Trade Tourism
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.
Captains of industry as well as large and small tourism businesses have joined the fight against child exploitation in tourism by signing the Tourism ChildProtection Code of Conduct. Many South African Code signatories re-affirmed their commitment at a signing ceremony at the Tourism Indaba in Durban yesterday.
Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) honoured the pioneers and top performers in Fair Trade Tourism at an award ceremony in Durban yesterday. These companies have all gone to great lengths to ensure that tourism benefits South Africa and ordinary South Africans, and deserve the tourism industry’s applause.