13 May 2013

South Africa: Kungwini Guest House (Bronkhorstspruit) gets FTT-certification

The Kungwini Guest House in Bronkhorstspruit (Gauteng) is the fourth tourism business in the Dinokeng area to become certified by the Fair Trade Tourism (FTT). The Guest House is located in close proximity to Bronkhorstspruit Dam, Rietvlei Nature Reserve and the Nan Hua Buddhist temple & seminary. The Kungwini Guest House, just 45 minutes away from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, offers en-suite rooms with a patio overlooking its beautiful garden, an aiport shuttle service, laundry facilities as well as braai/bbq facilties and a fireplace.

Kungwini Guest House supports community development projects on an on-going basis and believes in youth development. It provides hospitality training for interns selected from the community and further supports the youth in sports and events that appeal to both the community and tourists.
Kungwini Guesthouse has further invested in to its community by providing support to entrepreneurs in the local area. The guesthouse has offered mentorship to an events management business, as well as enabling its start-up through the use of the Kungwini Guesthouse office facilities. A local catering company has also benefited from Kungwini Guest House by receiving assistance with networking and using their services. (via FTT)

The Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) certification is an independent endorsement of fair and responsible tourism practice in South Africa. It is based on adherence to specific criteria including fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. Certification is offered on a voluntary basis to providers of tourist accommodation, activities and attractions. 
The certification of the Kungwini Guest House is part of the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) project "Travel with a Conscience", which is aimed at positioning Dinokeng as a responsible tourism destination. Dinokeng includes the three hubs of Dinokeng Game Reserve, Roodeplaat Dam and Cullinan.

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