Fair Trade Tourism (FTT), a South African NGO that encourages and monitors fair and responsible practises in tourism establishments and activities, has added the Parker Cottage B&B and the Oyster Bay Lodge establishments to its portfolio of tourism businesses in South Africa.Parker Cottage B&B, the fifth establishment in Cape Town to become Fair Trade Tourism certified, is located in Tamboerskloof. The bed & breakfast offers co-finance for the education of staff members, provides hands-on support to social upliftment and educational programmes, sources products and services from local entrepreneurs, and runs its business to ensure minimal impact on the environment.
The Oyster Bay Lodge is located in 235ha coastal reserve close to St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape. Spanning a range of different biomes from beaches and sand dunes to forests, wetlands and lagoons, the reserve boasts extensive birdlife and is home to 20 free-roaming horses. The four-star Oyster Bay Lodge not only maintains this biodiverse environment, but also has invested in energy saving initiatives and provides financial, infrastructural and practical support to projects in the local township of Umzamowethu.