October / November 2014

Filed in 2014, Uncategorized by on November 28, 2014

This edition is one of celebration!

Fair Trade Tourism celebrates its 10th birthday and we celebrate the winners of the South African Lilizela Imvelo Awards, the World Responsible Tourism Awards and the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards.

Fair Trade Tourism has much to celebrate on its 10th birthday of operations in Southern Africa… a number of its favourites hit the list of ‘Top 10 Responsible Tourism game lodges and guest houses’ on the and socially engaged’ article) and the first five businesses in Madagascar were certified. It has been a privilege to be associated with FTT through the years and we celebrate with them.

The pros and cons of volunteer tourism have been discussed at length in recent months… well meaning travellers wanting to ’give back’ to communities and conservation – sounds simple, but there is a right, and a wrong way of going about this, a way that helps and empowers and a way that is self serving and inconsiderate (check out the insightful article written by Paul Miedema of Calabash Tours). We also look at conservation volunteering… where tourism and volunteering work together to benefit conservation.

Well, 2014 is virtually ‘done & dusted’ and 2015 is just around the corner. Goals are being set and plans are being made – just done forget to schedule in some leisure time to relax and be refreshed… and to travel, but always being mindful of the impact you’re making on your destination!

Enjoy the read… and be the difference.



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