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About Fair Trade Tourism

Fair Trade tourism ensures good wages and working conditions for staff, a fair share of the tourism bucks to local communities and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. In other words: tourism that is good for people and the environment. How it works: Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) certifies tourism businesses (like hotels, activities and attractions) against a set of standards linked to global Fair Trade criteria. Those that qualify get to carry the FTTSA logo. So every time you stay at a hotel, or go on a tour, that carries the FTTSA logo you will not only have a great experience – you will also be doing a good thing for South Africa and South Africans at the same time. That’s what we call a win-win situation! What kind of places are Fair Trade? Any kind of tourism business can become FTTSA-certified: from backpackers to 5-star lodges; township tours and whale watching cruises to adrenalin-filled activities and botanical gardens. In addition to being fab holiday places and activities, they all do a whole lot of amazing things for people and the environment. You can read all about this on our website (www.fairtourismsa.org.za). Doing something good has never felt this great!

We protect children from sexual exploitation

Did you know that FTTSA is the local Code (the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism) representative in South Africa? The Code is an industry-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support … Continue reading

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Meet Ellen from !Xaus Lodge

When she stepped onto the stage at Melrose Arch to accept !Xaus Lodge’s 2010 Imvelo Award for responsible Tourism, Ellen Bok represented the Community Owners of !Xaus Lodge, an extraordinary success story. But Ellen was also there because of the … Continue reading

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FTTSA recognized by Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)

FTTSA is one of the 10 first certification bodies to be recognized by Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). We would like to share with you what this means and why we are proud of being recognized by GSTC. WHY GSTC … Continue reading

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FTTSA and SAT have signed a joint marketing agreement to introduce the concept of Fair Trade Tourism to the Australian market. As part of this, our Marketing Manager recently participated in a 10-day whirlwind road-show of New Zealand and Australia. … Continue reading

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Action packed weekend in Soweto

Chantal Stansfield Chantal Stansfield was the lucky winner of an action packed weekend in Soweto in collaboration with FTTSA, Getaway Magazine,  SoWeToo, FTTSA-certified The Soweto Hotel & Confreence Centre and FTTSA-certified Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers. The weekend had a Fair Trade … Continue reading

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Travelmole writes about focus on sustainable tourism certifying

Tuesday 16 October Travelmole published an interview with FTTSA Excecutive Director Jennifer Seif. Jennifer Seif of Fair Trade Tourism South Africa talks to Valere Tjolle of Vision on Sustainable Tourism: Tour operators – pay fair prices and be transparent Valere … Continue reading

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Meet Joyce at Leshiba Wilderness

Shandukani Joyce Mulaudzi was born in 1973 on top of the Soutpansberg mountains on the western side of Louis Trichardt on the farm Bangor. In 1985, during the apartheid years, and the forced removals, Joyce’s father bought a house in … Continue reading

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FTTSA in Ethical Living

During 12 months you will be able to see FTTSA in Ethical Living, a magazine that caters to a small, but focussed target market in South Africa that wants to live an ethical and environmentally conscious lifestyle. In the October issue we … Continue reading

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Go on a Fair Trade Holiday

Are you thinking of where to go on holiday next? Well, South Africa is a given, but where to go in South Africa? Let us give you some tips of already packaged Fair Trade Holidays. You going on a Fair … Continue reading

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Meet Jason Arends at Stormsriver Adventures

Born and bred in Port Elizabeth, nature was not part of Jason Arend’s life. Nice times, parties and the wrong friends were. He did a short stint in the St Albans prison, but made it through and came out alive. … Continue reading

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