Join the Fair Trade Tourism journey

As the home of Fair Trade Tourism, we provide platforms for like-minded tourism businesses to share their vision of the power of tourism to do good, tools to support businesses to implement Fair Trade Tourism and responsible tourism operations and management systems, and market access opportunities to benefit from the growing demand for tourism experiences that create better places to live, work, and visit.

We also provide a certification service for tourism businesses to demonstrate that they offer travel experiences the Fair Trade Tourism way - a way that is better for people and the environment in the destination, and better for the traveller experience.

Tourism business are invited to join the Fair Trade Tourism journey, be it through membership, certification, or as approved travel planners.

Membership

Members are welcomed to a network of like-minded businesses who share a vision for more inclusive, responsible and Fair Trade Tourism. They will have the opportunity to learn how they can adapt their operations to create more benefits for people and planet, while offering a rewarding travel experience

Who can join? Any tourism business may join Fair Trade Tourism as a member.

Benefits of Fair Trade Tourism membership include:

  • invitations to participate in networking platforms
  • invitations to webinars, with industry peer and topic expert presenters
  • invitations to forthcoming annual events where ideas can be exchanged with industry peers
  • access to a support toolkit that unpacks the FTT standard into bite-sized modules
  • opportunities for increased staff loyalty and job satisfaction, increased guest satisfaction, and reduced operating costs related to the implementation of more efficient systems - all of which are found to result from aligning tourism business operations with FTT principles and responsible tourism

Members are not entitled to use the FTT logo; this is reserved for businesses that have successfully passed an independent audit.

Annual Membership Fees

Contact us if you would like to becomes a member and join the Fair Trade Tourism journey.

Certification

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Fair Trade Tourism certification remains a voluntary process, but is a must-have accolade for businesses looking to promote themselves in the growing responsible tourism market. It requires that a business pass an independent audit to verify their performance against Fair Trade Tourism's standard, which contains a range of criteria that address business performance in local economic impact, community development, environmental impact, climate action, labour practice, HR, human rights, and management systems. Our comprehensive standard is designed to ensure that the local development context is prioritised, while periodic reviews ensure that we maintain our alignment with global best practice.

FTT's team of independent, trained auditors visits each business to conduct an audit against our standard. If the audit is passed, a business may then use the FTT-certified logo to communicate its Fair Trade Tourism-certified status. Audits of business performance against the FTT standard are conducted every three (3) years.

Who can apply for certification? FTT certification is available for accommodation, activities, attractions, restaurants, and volunteer tourism.

Benefits of Fair Trade Tourism certification include:

  • independent endorsement that your business is creating better places to live, work, and visit
  • reduced reputational risk by inviting a transparent verification of your sustainability claims
  • regular mailings of your Fair Trade Tourism-certified status to tour operators that seek verified, sustainably operated tourism products in the destination
  • a Fair Trade Tourism-certified certificate which may be showcased in online marketing platforms and in reception areas / similar
  • representation on the Fair Trade Tourism website
  • invitations to submit relevant social media content
  • invitations to participate in networking platforms
  • invitations to webinars, with industry peer and topic expert presenters
  • invitations to forthcoming annual events where ideas can be exchanged with industry peers
  • access to a support toolkit that unpacks the FTT standard into bite-sized modules for continuous improvement
  • the opportunity for increased staff loyalty and job satisfaction, increased guest satisfaction, and reduced operating costs related to the implementation of more efficient systems - all of which are found to result from aligning tourism business operations with FTT principles and responsible tourism

Annual Membership and 3-yearly Audit Fees

Contact us if you would like to embark on the journey of becoming Fair Trade Tourism-certified.

Tour Operators & Travel Agents

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Tour operators and travel agents are welcome to join Fair Trade Tourism as well! They play a major role in influencing responsible travel decisions through the holiday packages they design and offer to travellers, which means their choices determine whether the FTT-certified tourism businesses making a difference on the ground reap the benefit of bums-in-beds/seats, so to speak.

To ensure that we engage these valuable partners effectively, we have partnered with globally recognised Travelife for tour operators and travel agents - a partnership that provides access to a pool of ±1,000 buyers, and makes Fair Trade Tourism Holidays available alongside an additional, well-recognised and respected international brand.

Tour operators and travel agents that demonstrate their commitment to Fair Trade Tourism and sustainability principles through an online review process are entitled to use the "FTT-Approved" and "Travelife Partner" logos in their marketing collateral and corporate messaging. Those that would like to advance to the next level and be awarded Travelife Certified status, are required to comply with additional performance criteria, which are subject to verification through an independent site audit.

All FTT-Approved tour operators and travel agents are allowed to use the "FTT Holiday" logo to market travel itineraries that include at least 50% Fair Trade Tourism-certified businesses. They are also afforded access to the benefits of Fair Trade Tourism membership.

Annual Fees for Tour Operators & Travel Agencies

For more information about how this works, or if you've already decided that you would like to embark on the journey... please contact us!