25 February 2011

South Africa: Mdumbi Backpackers (Wildcoast) gets FTTSA certification

Mdumbi Backpackers, situated on the Wildcoast in South Africa's Eastern Cape, is the latest FTTSA-certified tourism business in South Africa. Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA), a non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable tourism development, certified Mdumbi Backpackers because of the "wholehearted commitment and concerted efforts to leverage tourism opportunities for the benefit of the local area are evident in every aspect of their operations." Congrats Mdumbi!

Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) encourages and publicises fair and responsible business practice by South African tourism establishments. FTTSA is  offering a certification programme (and supporting activities) that endorses tourism establishments that meet stringent criteria. The FTTSA certification process examines social, economic and environmental best practice in tourism businesses. The certification is offered on a voluntary basis to providers of tourist accommodation, activities, attractions and volunteer programmes in South Africa. The cost-effective quality management system addresses no fewer than 13 operational areas in a tourism business.

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