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Fair Trade Tourism Introduction Workshops

Learn about the benefits of being part of Fair Trade Tourism

Fair Trade Tourism is South Africa’s best-known and a highly valued responsible tourism certification programme. It is one of only 16 sustainable tourism certification schemes worldwide  recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and is currently being rolled out the southern African region. The aim of Fair Trade Tourism is to make tourism more sustainable by ensuring that the people who contribute their land, resources, labour and knowledge to tourism are the ones who reap the benefits. Tourism businesses that adhere to the Fair Trade Tourism standard use the Fair Trade Tourismlabel as a way of signifying their commitment to fair and responsible tourism.

Fair Trade Tourism certification is available for accommodation, activities, facilities, food services, attractions and volunteer programmes. Fair Trade Tourism's current portfolio includes everything from backpackers to 5-star lodges; township tours to whale-watching cruises, and a whole lot in between. Fair Trade Tourism prides itself in including some well-respected and very successful South African tourism businesses in their portfolio but at the same time is working hard to grow the Fair Trade Tourism family. Travellers and the travel trade love Fair Trade Tourism certified businesses and want more choice.

The workshops are open to all tourism businesses interested in responsible tourism. The programme will cover the following:

Why you should get Fair Trade Tourism certified: Learn about responsible tourism developments in South Africa and globally, consumer and travel trade demand for responsible tourism and the benefits of Fair Trade Tourism certification.
How to get Fair Trade Tourism certified: Learn about the process, potential business development support and costs.
Best practice example: Hear how a FTT-certified business tackled the certification process.

Fair Trade Tourism has contracted the Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP) to provide business development support services to facilitate certification of South African tourism enterprises.  A series of Learning Networks are conducted throughout the country at which Fair Trade Tourism and TEP jointly present on the benefits and process of certification.  

The workshops are free.

Contact us to book an FTT Intro Workshop in your area!