News – Fair Trade Tourism
Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) has successfully expanded into Mozambique with the announcement today of four new certified members in Inhambane and Vilanculos.
Tour operator Terra Agua Ceu, eco lodge Dunes de Dovela, boutique resort Bahia Mar and dive specialists Casa Babi/ Odyssea Dive Centre are the latest additions to a portfolio of 64 FTT certified tourism products spread across South Africa, Madagascar and now neighbouring Mozambique.
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.
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.