Fair Trade Tourism joins forces with Botswana’s Ecotourism Certification System

  • June 21, 2016

Fair Trade Tourism’s expanding footprint in southern Africa has been given a boost with the signing of a ground-breaking mutual recognition agreement (MRA) with Botswana Tourism Organisation’s Ecotourism Certification System.

Under the terms of the MRA, Fair Trade Tourism’s approved travel trade partners and tour operators can now incorporate the BTO’s Ecotourism certified businesses in their listings regarding products that can be included in Fair Trade Holidays - holiday packages that represent global best practice in responsible tourism.

Fair Trade Tourism Launches New App Magazine

  • June 01, 2016

Today sees the launch of the new Fair Trade Tourism app magazine for tablets on both the Apple App store and Google Play store. The app has been designed to bring both discerning travellers and members of the travel trade stories, information and travel ideas from the Fair Trade Tourism portfolio of world-leading sustainable tourism products across Africa.

Fair Trade Tourism’s revised volunteer criteria launched

  • May 31, 2016

Fair Trade Tourism has finalised an extensive review of criteria for tourism businesses with volunteer offerings, which are effective from June 1 2016.

Since the organisation’s initial review of its standard to include additional criteria on volunteering in 2009 there has been a significant upsurge in both the supply and demand for volunteer products in Africa, many focused on so-called conservation or orphanage programmes. 

This upsurge brought with it concerns from various organisations regarding malpractices, which were especially evident in programmes dealing with vulnerable children and captive wildlife.


  • May 23, 2016

It’s been a decade of achievement for the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, founded by Wilfred Chivell in 2006, with its driving approach of effective scientific research influencing conservation decisions for the critical Dyer Island ecosystem in Gansbaai, Western Cape. Key to the success has been the support of the local community and the funding from clients of eco-tourism businesses Marine Dynamics Shark Tours and Dyer Island Cruises.

Another successful trade show season

  • May 19, 2016

As the dust settles from Indaba 2016, Fair Trade Tourism is taking stock of its participation at this year’s key trade shows and events.

Both ITB and WTM Africa were hugely successful and saw the organisation raising considerable awareness for the need to benchmark the voluntourism sector and its new volunteering criteria, which will be released in June this year.


  • March 30, 2016

With just over a week to go until WTM Africa 2016, Fair Trade Tourism is working hard to make the event a flagship one for its world-leading brand of sustainable, responsible tourism across Africa.

WTM Africa, which takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in South Africa’s Mother City from April 6 to April 8, is firmly focused on the challenges facing the African tourism industry and the absolute need for industry stakeholders and role-players to adopt responsible, sustainable business models.


  • March 08, 2016

Fair Trade Tourism is pleased to announce the appointment of two new non-executive directors to its Board and a new representative based in Europe.

The new Board members are Kenyan sustainable tourism expert Judith Kepher-Gona and South African tourism industry stalwart Caleb Mabaso. Fair Trade Tourism has also appointed Matthias Leisinger as its EU representative.

WTM Africa gets the ball rolling!

  • December 09, 2015

Visitor registration for WTM Africa 2016 is now live. Fair Trade Tourism is once again partnering with this leading B2B inbound and outbound travel event taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from April 6 - 8 2016 and will be exhibiting at the event, as well as working with WTM Africa’s organisers to raise awareness of sustainable, responsible tourism in Africa.

Townhouse Hotel

  • November 27, 2015

A hotel where every department in the hotel invents its own projects and campaigns? Yes, Townhouse Hotel’s motto “we care” goes beyond their main business, they are dedicated to making a difference in the community and environment!

African penguin chicks removed from Dyer Island

  • November 25, 2015

In a joint conservation action between CapeNature, the management authority for Dyer Island and the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, a project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, 32 African Penguin chicks were removed from Dyer Island on Wednesday 11 November 2015 and admitted to the APSS for care.