17 May 2013

South Africa: Whalesong Lodge gets Fair Trade Tourism-certification

The Whalesong Lodge, a small intimate guesthouse perched on top of the rugged De Kelders Cliffs overlooking the picturesque Walker Bay, recently got certified by Fair Trade Tourism (FTT). The lodge offers five spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a  comfortable open-plan lounge and dining room, as well as a wooden deck and a small swimming pool.
The Whalesong Lodge uses ecologically sustainable and environmentally friendly cleaning products. The products are carefully chosen and a conscious effort is made re-use and recycle wherever possible, as well as to reduce the use of disposable and consumable goods (e.g. buying items in bulk and storing food in glass containers, while recycling all packaging, etc). Guests at Whalesong Lodge are informed about the lodge operator's green initiatives and activities in the service directory (e.g. recycling, composting, involvement in Trees for Tourism, support of sustainable food supplies, etc).

The Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) certification is an independent endorsement of fair and responsible tourism practices by tourism establishments 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.

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