Fair Trade Tourism Project Management

From time to time, Fair Trade Tourism manages and implements projects aimed at making tourism more sustainable on behalf of local and international donors. below is a summary of current projects. For a list of past projects, please click here.

Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO): 2012 - 2016

Core funding for implementation of a Fair Trade Tourism Strategic Plan and Business Plan 

During 2012 - 2016, Fair Trade Tourism aims to achieve the following objectives;

  1. Create a sustainable Fair Trade Tourism organisation
  2. Increase and diversify the supply of Fair Trade Tourism certified products
  3. ApplyFair Trade Tourism standard and principles to tourism value chains
  4. Increase demand in international and domestic tourism source markets
  5. Establish the basis for a global Fair Trade Tourism system.


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ): Dec 2013 - Dec 2014

Piloting a responsible tourism destination in southern Africa” which is being implemented over a 12-month period and aims to achieve the following objectives:

1.      Build the capacity of tourism products in southern Africa’s tourism industry to contribute to fair and decent job creation, improve livelihoods and promote resource efficiency through application of the Fair Trade Tourism Quality Management System;

2.      Stimulate activities and investments of the private sector in alignment with the Fair Trade Tourism model by highlighting the benefits and opportunities of sustainable development practices for businesses (including cost-savings, enhanced visitor experience, market access etc.);

3.     Position a responsible tourism destination in the region to attract growing numbers of sustainability-savvy travelers, in particular from Europe; and

4.      Establish a model for increasing the capacity of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in identified tourism destinations in southern Africa to implement verifiably sustainable tourism practices.

Promoting existing and upcoming Fair Trade Tourism certified clients in South Africa, Madagascar and Mozambique.


End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) - Netherlands: May 2014 - June 2015

Through a partnership agreement with ECPAT Netherlands, Fair Trade Tourism has implemented a 12-month awareness raising and capacity building campaign entitled “Reducing violence against children, with a special focus on sexual exploitation of children and child sex tourism”.  The project ran until June 2015 andsought to achieve the following outcomes;

1. Enhanced awareness and knowledge on violence against children, including sexual exploitation, among the public and relevant stakeholders at community, governmental and the private sector (tourism industry level);
2. Strengthened evidence based advocacy and lobby action to improve child protection in tourism;
3. Enhanced cooperation in child protection (i.e. multi-sectoral/multi-stakeholder cooperation in child protection and NGO cooperation in local, national, regional, international advocacy and lobby networks and initiatives);
4. Enhanced capacity of civil society organisations and networks (at local, national, regional and international level);
5.Services provided to child victims of (sexual) violence and children at risk (by partner organisations); and
6. Enhanced knowledge on sexual exploitation of children in Travel and Tourism on a global level that can guide and promote targeted action.

Under this project, awareness raising and capacity building seminars in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg were held.  These events were targeted at the private sector/tourism industry and relevant professionals (eg: practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders in the areas of child protection, social welfare, justice, health and education as well as youth and young women’s groups.)