26 September 2013

South Africa: Leriba Hotel and Spa (Centurion) gets FTT-certification

Fair Trade Tourism (FTT), a South African NGO that encourages and monitors fair and responsible practises in tourism establishments and activities, just announced that the Leriba Hotel and Spa has joined the list of FTT-certified businesses. The Leriba Hotel and Spa is a 4 and 5 Star hotel, nestled on 12 hectares of indigenous forest on the banks of the Hennops River in Centurion. The hotel is in walking distance to Centurion City and Centurion Gautrain Station. Johannesburg is 35 minutes away, OR Tambo International Airport only 45 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport and Pretoria just 10 minutes.

Leriba' sustainable tourism initiatives include:
  • Hosting a number of tourism students each year for work and practical experience.
  • Providing Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) training to their own staff.
  • Using local and small suppliers extensively in their procurement process.
  • Receiving 100% for Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) procurement.
  • Contributing significantly to community social investment (both financially and in-kind).
  • Obtaining a Gold Heritage Rating for their environmental practices, including waste management, water and energy consumption.
  • Making significant financial investment in environmental projects.
  • Ensuring excellent Health and Safety systems on site for guests and staff, including the number of staff who have valid First Aid and fire fighting certificates
Fair Trade Tourism's (FTT) certification programme, which was recently outsourced to FLO-Cert, 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. 

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