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.
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
Eligibility If you would to become a member of the Fair Trade Tourism community, consider the following:
If you answered "yes" to both questions above, please go ahead an register your business here. Once you have registered, we will contact you to confirm the details of your annual membership.
Benefits of Fair Trade Tourism membership include:
Members are not entitled to use the FTT logo; this is reserved for businesses that have successfully passed an independent audit.
Register now to become a member and start your Fair Trade Tourism journey.
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
FTT's 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.
Eligibility: FTT Certification is available for:
Benefits of Fair Trade Tourism Certification include:
Process for Fair Trade Tourism Certification:
To pass an audit, the certification candidate must meet all of FTT's "Mandatory" criteria, as well as 75% of the "General" criteria. If the audit is passed, a business will be provided with a certificate, the FTT-Certified logo that they are authorised to use, and the FTT Logo Use Guidelines to communicate its Fair Trade Tourism-Certified status.
Independent FTT Certification audits of business performance against the FTT Standard are conducted every three (3) years.
Audit Fee: indicative costs for a Fair Trade Tourism Certification audit are from R7,500 (plus VAT, where applicable), payable every three (3) years. NB These costs are external to FTT; they are paid across to independent auditors for their verification services.
Audit Fees will, however, vary depending on the size of the business. Please contact FTT with your location, total number of full-time employees, and description of your business operations and premises for a more accurate cost estimate.
Register now to embark on the journey of becoming Fair Trade Tourism-Certified.
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.
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!