BaoBAB - Alternative Roots To Travel
BAOBAB Travel provides flexible travel service by tailor-making itineraries in order to suit every tourist's specific needs. In other words, BAOBAB packages are designed to show tourists the real places, nature, and cultures of Africa. Therefore, BAOBAB strives to avoid resorts that have been `manufactured' for tourists. In specific, BAOBAB introduces tourists to local communities and combine places that are 'off the beaten track' in addition to more popular 'must-see' destinations. The result of BAOBAB Travel is an experience that is unique, varied, exhilarating, relaxing and fulfilling and which leaves every tourist with a completely clear conscience of the unique regions of Africa.
For more information about BAOBAB Travel visit their website at: http://www.baobabtravel.com/
BAOBAB - Responsible Travel
Baobab Travel has four Fair Trade Tourism certified South Africa travel packages. As part of this process, as a company, they have been fully audited to prove their commitment to Fair Trade not only through trading & labor standards, but also through their Procurement and Economic, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Environmental Policies. Hence, this certification gives BAOBAB Travel establish forms of travel that are economically, ecologically, and socially sustainable.
In the end, one can argue that BAOBAB Travel is a superb example of an organization which emulates many of the cornerstones for fair trade and responsible travel.
FAIR WORKING CONDITIONS & FAIR PRICES - BAOBAB participants and employees are entitled to a fair share of income directly proportioned to their contribution to a specific tourism activity. In addition, employees are entitled to participate in decisions that concern them.
INTEGRATION INTO THE LOCAL ECONOMY & REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT - BAOBAB respects human rights, culture and environment, by ensuring safe working conditions, gender equality, reduced consumption and protection of natural resources.
FAIR TRADE PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN ALL ACTORS IN TOURISM - BAOBAB requires ownership of businesses to have clearly defined outlines in which sharing of profits, benefits and losses are transparent. Similarly, service deliveries should be reliable and consistent and should provide basic safety and security for both the host and visitor.
SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE USE AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE - BAOBAB increases knowledge through capacity building, sharing resources through partnerships, encouraging the responsible use of resources and reducing leakage through local purchasing and employment.
For more information about BAOBAB's efforts for Fair Trade and Responsible Travel visit their webpage at: http://www.baobabtravel.com/responsible_travel/fair_trade_tourism/
Fair Trade Tourism South Africa
Launched in 2002, the FTTSA certification program accredits tourism products, accommodations, and activities of businesses as they illustrate fair trade policies. The vision of FTTSA is to encourage a fair, participatory and sustainable tourism industry in South Africa. The certification program endorses establishments that meet stringent criteria and acknowledge the FTTSA principles to ensure fair and responsible business practices.
Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa is about ensuring that the people whose land, natural resources, labor, knowledge and culture are used for tourism activities, actually benefit in some way from tourism.
For more information about Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa please visit their website at: http://www.fairtourismsa.org.za/index.html