Monday, October 31, 2011

Opt For Businesses Certified by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa

Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) is a non-profit organisation that promotes and encourages fair and responsible business practice by South African tourism establishments. The organisation issues a certification programme that backs tourism establishments that meet the criteria.

South Africa is visited in hordes by tourists from all over the world. With tourist destinations like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South African tourism has become a sort of phenomenon. Many look for cheap flights tickets to South Africa that land at any of its many airports to explore the myriad of the country’s attractions and charms. In such a blossoming tourism scenario, it becomes relevant that a certain organisation takes care of the working of tourist-oriented businesses and look into different aspects of it like fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing, fair operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and environment. This is where Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa comes into picture.

Tourists who book flights to South Africa and choose to stay or use the services of an FTTSA-certified establishment will make sure that their holiday travel is going to benefit local communities and economies. It will also ensure that the establishment you are dealing with is operated ethically and in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa has won many accolades with the most recent one being the winner in the 2010 Africa Investor Tourism Awards under Best Sustainable Tourism Investment category.

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