As the home of Fair Trade Tourism, we provide a network and support tools for tourism businesses to implement Fair Trade Tourism and responsible tourism operations and management systems. This is available to all members of the FTT network, including accommodation, activities, attractions, volunteer tourism, tour operators and travel agencies.
We also certify tourism businesses that have demonstrated through an independent FTT audit 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.
If you're keen to explore what it means to be part of the Fair Trade Tourism network and develop your business in a way that embraces Fair Trade Tourism principles, you might like to start out by joining as a member. You'll have access to our networking platforms, support tools and the (forthcoming) webinars and annual get-togethers where you can learn from industry peers. (You will not, however, be able to use the Fair Trade Tourism logo - that is only for use by businesses that have achieved the ultimate step of passing an independent audit.)
Is your tourism business ready to show that it takes social development, local economic impacts and environmental sustainability seriously? If so, you may want to embark on the journey of becoming certified by Fair Trade Tourism. This requires that our highly skilled (and tourism savvy) FTT-trained auditors verify that your operations truly embrace the principles of Fair Trade Tourism.
Audits are guided by a set of standards and criteria that we revise periodically to ensure that they are aligned with global best practice (while still keeping locally-relevant priorities top of mind). The awarded logo represents best practice in Fair Trade Tourism and responsible tourism – defined by fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing and operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.
TOUR OPERATORS & TRAVEL AGENTS
Tour operators and travel agents are a key partner for ensuring that tourism businesses making a difference on the ground are the ones getting the benefit of bums-in-beds/seats (so to speak). Operators and agents that have demonstrated their own commitment to sustainability principles and Fair Trade Tourism will be permitted to use the "Fair Trade Tourism Approved" logo for their own market communication, and the "Fair Trade Tourism Holiday" logo to promote travel itineraries that include at least 50% FTT-Certified businesses in the package. We have partnered with Travelife for tour operators in this venture to ensure linkages with global buyers and that FTT Holiday packages are marketed alongside an additional, well-recognised international brand.
For more information about any of the above, please contact us.