Tourism

Les Rencontres d’Aït Aïssa: Fair tourism and sustainable development in south-east Morocco

Bearberry villages in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, lovely valleys like green oases in the midst of rugged mountains… this is the picture you are offered by ‘Les Rencontres d’Aït Aïssa’. Rencontres’ or encounters indicate the legendary hospitality of the Berbers. Aït Aïssa’ refers to the name of the first valley where the association was active. It is located in a 100 km wide area near Errachidia, in the southeast of Morocco.

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TDC and sustainable tourism in Tanzania

The Enduimet Wildlife Management Area is located in Tanzania, right next to Kilimanjaro. This area is mainly inhabited by the Masai, but is also the home of elephants and many other wild animal species. The local Masai community was looking for a way to improve their standard of living and at the same time take greater care of the animals and their environment. They found a solution in the development of responsible tourism with the support of the Trade for Development Center and the local NGO Honeyguide Foundation. Check out for yourself how they do this!

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South Africa: Fair Trade Tourism

Around 2000, the South African NGO Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) started to put in place a fair certification programme for tourism products. The standard includes fair remuneration, decent working conditions, a fair sharing of revenue and respect for cultural traditions and the environment. Special attention is paid to the South African context, with training of black workers, co-management by black people and awareness-raising on HIV and AIDS. Two decades later, more than 79 initiatives such as hotels, lodges or adventure activities have been certified.

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Sustainable tourism operations in Ecuador and Peru

The objective of this study is to support tourism companies in Peru and Ecuador, especially those focusing on sustainable tourism, on how to access the European market. While the content of the study focuses on conditions in Peru and Ecuador, readers in other Latin American countries may also find this information useful.

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Fair and community-based tourism

We all know fair trade bananas, coffee, chocolate… but do you know about fair tourism? It is less known, but booming! The United Nations declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Trade for Development presents presents 4 community-based tourism projects that it supports.

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Tierra : When Discovery Travel Rhyme With Pragmatism

Just a few metres from Leuven station, you can book your dream trip at the Reispunt travel agency and savour a fair trade ‘petit noir’ right afterwards at the adjacent Fair Trade coffee shop. While the travel agency offers literally something for everyone, it is Tierra’s nature trips in particular that stand out in the brochure printed in vegetable-based ink.

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Joker: sustainability is no longer the preserve of hippies

Joker and Anders Reizen’s offer consists of sustainable trips with a healthy dose of adventure for young and old. The social responsibility aspect is handled by the subsidiaries ViaVia Tourism Academy and Karavaan. Greet Huybrechts, the sustainability coordinator, has witnessed the transformation of Joker into a tour operator with nine branches in Flanders, proudly bearing a Travelife certificate.

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A pioneer in community-based tourism: Ecuador

Few countries in the world match Ecuador’s natural beauty and cultural richness. With its coast, its sierra, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is home to four ecosystems and a rich biodiversity. One quarter of the population is indigenous and still cherishes age-old traditions. The ‘indígenas’ growing self-awareness makes Ecuador a pioneer in developing community-based tourism.

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KrisKras, a small actor with big ambitions

Although KrisKras VZW is only a small actor in the Flemish tour operator sector, it is a successful organisation. Moreover, this year it is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. From CO2 offsetting to more responsible water consumption: coordinator Nele Decoodt tells us about the vision and values of this unique tour operator.

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Opinion poll: Responsible tourism

TDC wanted to carry out a qualitative and quantitative opinion poll with the general objective of understanding the relationship between the personal values of Belgian residents and their attitudes and behaviours in the field of tourism. In addition, they wanted to define their level of knowledge, their understanding and their perceptions of “responsible tourism”.

Read more »

Les Rencontres d’Aït Aïssa: Fair tourism and sustainable development in south-east Morocco

Bearberry villages in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, lovely valleys like green oases in the midst of rugged mountains… this is the picture you are offered by ‘Les Rencontres d’Aït Aïssa’. Rencontres’ or encounters indicate the legendary hospitality of the Berbers. Aït Aïssa’ refers to the name of the first valley where the association was active. It is located in a 100 km wide area near Errachidia, in the southeast of Morocco.

Read more »

TDC and sustainable tourism in Tanzania

The Enduimet Wildlife Management Area is located in Tanzania, right next to Kilimanjaro. This area is mainly inhabited by the Masai, but is also the home of elephants and many other wild animal species. The local Masai community was looking for a way to improve their standard of living and at the same time take greater care of the animals and their environment. They found a solution in the development of responsible tourism with the support of the Trade for Development Center and the local NGO Honeyguide Foundation. Check out for yourself how they do this!

Read more »

South Africa: Fair Trade Tourism

Around 2000, the South African NGO Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) started to put in place a fair certification programme for tourism products. The standard includes fair remuneration, decent working conditions, a fair sharing of revenue and respect for cultural traditions and the environment. Special attention is paid to the South African context, with training of black workers, co-management by black people and awareness-raising on HIV and AIDS. Two decades later, more than 79 initiatives such as hotels, lodges or adventure activities have been certified.

Read more »

Sustainable tourism operations in Ecuador and Peru

The objective of this study is to support tourism companies in Peru and Ecuador, especially those focusing on sustainable tourism, on how to access the European market. While the content of the study focuses on conditions in Peru and Ecuador, readers in other Latin American countries may also find this information useful.

Read more »

Fair and community-based tourism

We all know fair trade bananas, coffee, chocolate… but do you know about fair tourism? It is less known, but booming! The United Nations declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Trade for Development presents presents 4 community-based tourism projects that it supports.

Read more »

Tierra : When Discovery Travel Rhyme With Pragmatism

Just a few metres from Leuven station, you can book your dream trip at the Reispunt travel agency and savour a fair trade ‘petit noir’ right afterwards at the adjacent Fair Trade coffee shop. While the travel agency offers literally something for everyone, it is Tierra’s nature trips in particular that stand out in the brochure printed in vegetable-based ink.

Read more »

Joker: sustainability is no longer the preserve of hippies

Joker and Anders Reizen’s offer consists of sustainable trips with a healthy dose of adventure for young and old. The social responsibility aspect is handled by the subsidiaries ViaVia Tourism Academy and Karavaan. Greet Huybrechts, the sustainability coordinator, has witnessed the transformation of Joker into a tour operator with nine branches in Flanders, proudly bearing a Travelife certificate.

Read more »

A pioneer in community-based tourism: Ecuador

Few countries in the world match Ecuador’s natural beauty and cultural richness. With its coast, its sierra, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is home to four ecosystems and a rich biodiversity. One quarter of the population is indigenous and still cherishes age-old traditions. The ‘indígenas’ growing self-awareness makes Ecuador a pioneer in developing community-based tourism.

Read more »

KrisKras, a small actor with big ambitions

Although KrisKras VZW is only a small actor in the Flemish tour operator sector, it is a successful organisation. Moreover, this year it is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. From CO2 offsetting to more responsible water consumption: coordinator Nele Decoodt tells us about the vision and values of this unique tour operator.

Read more »

Opinion poll: Responsible tourism

TDC wanted to carry out a qualitative and quantitative opinion poll with the general objective of understanding the relationship between the personal values of Belgian residents and their attitudes and behaviours in the field of tourism. In addition, they wanted to define their level of knowledge, their understanding and their perceptions of “responsible tourism”.

Read more »

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