Fair Trade in Tourism trademarks awarded

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, Shiluvari lakeside lodge, Limpopo, Stormsriver Adventures, Eastern Cape and The Village at Spier Hotel and Conference Centre, Western Cape are among the first tourism business in the world to be certified for their work in promoting fair trade in tourism

The trademarks were awarded by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (TTSA) which is aligned o the international Fair Trade movement which certifies products produced according to 'fair' labour practices. FTISA was established by the World Conservation Union (lUCN) in 2001 to promote equitable and sustainable tourism development in South Africa.

Criteria that have to be met before certification is awarded include fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.

Certification is on an annual basis and businesses are re-assessed every year to maintain standards and promote improved compliance.

Tourism businesses applying for the trademark undergo a stringent assessment process and are reviewed by a Trademark Panel comprising experts from the National Business Initiative and the accountancy firm Grant Thornton who give their services on a voluntary basis.

For Further Information Contact

Fair Tourism South Africa 
www.fairtourismsa.org.za 

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