It's one of the main principles underpinning the implementation of Fair
Trade Tourism in the workplace, but also a principle that should apply
in every sphere of our daily lives.
Over the past weeks, South Africans have united their voices to demand
the restoration of respect for all in society. We lend our voice to this
demand and invite the #FTTFamily to positively influence the
eradication of gender-based violence through education in the workplace
and broader community.
The "Your Moment of Truth" and "Sources of Strength" campaigns in Kenya
have targeted boys and girls in over 300 schools across Nairobi to
change perceptions and attitudes about sexual violence, resulting in a
51% decrease in reported rape among project participants! Initiatives
like this that empower your staff and community to recognise and prevent
sexual violence can be effective in any destination.
Identify local organisations working to prevent gender-based and sexual
violence and partner with them to run perception-altering campaigns in
your local area. A list of some organisations to consider include:
TEARS Foundation providing access to crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling and prevention education services plus a free SMS helpline www.tears.co.za
Sonke Gender Justice promotes gender equality, and the prevention of domestic and sexual violence www.genderjustice.org.za
may be many other local support organisations that you are aware of;
reach out to them and other tourism industry partners to join hands to
create a safe society for all.
Enough is enough.
21 DAYS FOR THE OCEAN - IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN!
Since 2014, White Shark Projects has been spreading ocean optimism and awareness through its annual 21 Days for the Ocean
campaign. Why 21 days? Because research suggests that is how long it
takes to break a bad habit (or perhaps to start a good one).
This year's theme is The Ocean in Us,
highlighting how each of us is connected to the ocean in some way - be
it through food, work, or leisure activities, to name a few.
addition to the customary coastal clean-ups, schools outreach
activities and local fundraisers, this year's campaign marks the launch
of the Ocean Defenders educational group. The Ocean Defenders aim to
provide youth with the knowledge and skills to protect the environment,
which will in turn create a more sustainable future for them. Giving
young people a sense of fulfillment and pride in helping prevent further
damage to the oceans helps to positively influence their attitudes and
impacts on the environment.
Join the campaign and make a pledge to the ocean for 21 days this September - from selecting only green seafood options on the SASSI guide, to using less plastic... all of our actions make a difference.
For more information about the campaign visit White Shark Projects' website (www.whitesharkprojects.co.za) or follow them on social media.
Images copyright © White Shark Projects
FUNCTIONAL ART TENNIS TABLES TRANSFORM SPACES
Uthando South Africa
has, so far, successfully raised funds for 16 functional art table
tennis installations at schools and community spaces in the Cape Town
area, most of which have been sponsored by other travel and tourism
businesses. And... the 17th one will be going in this week!
Mkwela of Township Art Tours has joined in the efforts to provide his
amazing painting craftsmanship to the tables. He is joined by the
children and others at the respective installation sites, ensuring that
the community is part of the creative process.
What a lot of fun and community building!
To learn more about Uthando and its efforts to partner with the travel-trade to support local development, visit www.uthandosa.org.
Images copyright © Uthando South Africa
COLLECTIVE EFFORTS AT THE TIMBAVATI FOUNDATION
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
is home to a number of commercial accommodation options that thrive
(and depend) on the destination's wildlife offering - from fully
serviced bush camps and lodges, to self-catering options. One of these -
Umlani Bushcamp - is a long-standing certified member of the FTT Family.
While these businesses naturally (pun intended ;) ) compete for
bednights, they have realised that collaborating on local development
objectives is more effective than doing so individually. By establishing
the Timbavati Foundation, social, economic development, and climate
adaptation initiatives in the local area enjoy the joint support of the
Timbavati lodges, resulting in far greater capacity to impact on a scale
to create meaningful change.
of the recent successes that the Foundation has participated in include
the construction of an outside kitchen at Nhlayiseko Old Age Home,
drilling a borehole at NPO Nourish
(also home to a community-owned tourism business) to provide safe
drinking water, creating a conservation culture among future
conservation leaders by providing access for almost 40,000 local
children to the Timbavati Museum, improving sanitation at 5 local
schools through the installation of nearly 60 Enviro loos, and
perfecting compost heap facilities to suit the local realities of living
So much more can be achieved by joining forces! To learn more about the Timbavati Foundation, visit www.timbavatifoundation.co.za or contact Umlani Bushcamp (www.umlani.com) to learn about their experience with it.
Images copyright © Timbavati Foundation
CHOOSE YOUR INDUSTRY PARTNERS WISELY
partners, friends and media gathered at an evening event at the Two
Oceans Aquarium with the team of Dyer Island Conservation Trust and
Marine Dynamics to look back at nearly two decades of research,
conservation and education achievements. During the evening, the
question was raised of whether tourism does enough to conserve the wild
habitat and species upon which visitor experiences are based. Watch the
video below for the response of Wilfred Chivell, owner of Marine Dynamics and founder of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust;
he spreads the message that encouraging tour operators and travellers
to choosing ethical operators is a way of giving back and ensuring your
spending contributes to so much more.
"Your choice makes a difference"
GUESTS OPT FOR SCHOOL FEEDING OVER PILLOW TREATS
Isibindi Africa Lodges
have had an overwhelmingly positive response to guests forfeiting their
non-essential sweet pillow treat in favour of a contribution being made
to a local school feeding program. Isibindi has found that guest
interest is piqued by the feeding program and that they then often make a
donation to support the other social development activities that the
Isibindi Foundation is driving! More responsible travel taking root...!
Our collaboration to showcase locally available products that are guaranteed by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)
continues, with some #FTTFamily members stocking up on good for
everyone teas and skincare products that were showcased in our last
newsletter. This month we're featuring a combination of products
that will be of particular interest to your F&B teams: spices and
condiments for every meal, and handmade ceramics to serve them in!
TURQLE TRADING carries two labels under its delicious FOOD story: Ukuva iAfrica
with its spices and sauces that tell the story of the travellers' food
journey through Africa and the thousand meals they shared along the
And - you are in luck - they are currently offering a discount on their
Hot Drops chillis. Not only adding some voomah to your meals, but
packaged in local wire and beadwork made by people from Cape Mental
Health, providing opportunities for people with mental disabilities.
and Cape Treasures with a diverse range of mustards, smoked olive oil, blended sea salts, relishes, reductions, seasonings, and more...
All of Turqle's products can be purchased online HERE with orders over R250 being eligible for free delivery in South Africa!
(P.S. Don't forget to contact us for your discount code...)
For more information about their full range of products,
visit their website at www.turqle.co.za.
For something extraordinary to serve all of your perfectly spiced dishes in, check out KAPULA.
Although renowned for their incredibly beautiful, African- and
nature-inspired candles (including soy options), we want to talk about
offers an almost unlimited selection of handmade, hand-painted ceramics
for you: choose any shape from their catalogue and combine it with any
of their designs. So whether you need individual condiment bowls for
your tables (to replace single-serve jams and butters), bulk sugar bowls
for you conference tea/coffee service, or just some colour on the
breakfast buffet, they can create it - beautifully, locally, by hand,
and with respect for people and the planet.
For more information about Kapula, or to browse their shape and design catalogues, visit their website at www.kapula.com.
purchasing the products made by WFTO-guaranteed businesses, you are
contributing to an economy that embraces empowerment and positive
impact. For more information about WFTO and its global community, see http://wfto.com.
Remember… FTT members qualify for a discount on the purchase of WFTO-guaranteed items for the duration of the campaign!
For more information, or to access your #FTTFamily discount, please contact Ana Lemmer on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images copyright ©: Turqle Trading, Kapula, and World Fair Trade Organization
you ever considered charging guests for not re-using towels, rather
than begging them to do so....? "Removing mini shampoos from hotel rooms
isn't enough to save the environment"...
This article looks at some of the 'green' actions being taken by tourism
businesses and questions whether they are simply a good-for-business PR
exercise, or truly a decision taken to save the environment. Read the
full article here.
Egypt Launches Environmental Festival to Promote Ecotourism
The 3-day Nature and Local Cultures Festival held in Cairo's Wadi Degla
"aims to promote various arts, cultures, environmental products,
handicrafts and heritage of local people living in natural conserves, in
addition to promoting ecotourism in Egypt," director of environmental
development at the ministry, Samah Saleh. Full article here.
Kenyan President Confirmed as Tourism Resilience Center Honorary Co-Chair
and Jamaican leadership sign an MOU to broaden cooperation in tourism.
Among the many areas listed in the framework for cooperation are the
promotion of safe, ethical and sustainable tourism; collaboration on
addressing risk related to tourism resilience and crisis management,
through research and development, policy advocacy and communication
management, and training and capacity building; and the establishment of
a satellite centre of the GTRCM in Kenya. The full article is available
Community-based Tourism: a transparent alternative to voluntourism
FTT has long maintained that supporting local businesses, including the
supply chains of tourism businesses, is critical for healthy, inclusive
economies. This article unpacks why they see buying from and staying
with locally-owned businesses is even better than volunteering. Read
Filipino fishermen making millions protecting whale sharks
Do you prefer your sharks finned alive, or fed...? Fishermen in the
Oslob ares of the Philippines have switched from fishing to tourism and,
as a result, are making sure the whale sharks - their business draw
card - are well protected. Full articles here.
International Institute of Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) Course on Tourism and Peace
The IIPT is offering a free online course in tourism and peace. More information is available here and you can sign up for the course here.