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12 December 2012

FTTSA partners with WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) has partnered with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2013.

Fair trade practices help tourism businesses to assist local communities to sustain themselves

As a small NGO, it is very important for the FTTSA to be recognised as a partner by an organisation such as the WTTC and its Tourism for Tomorrow initiative. It lends further credibility to our programme. – Katarina Mancama, FTTSA marketing manager.

The FTTSA/WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards partnership is a mutual awareness-raising initiative through which both parties will promote each other’s efforts to make tourism more sustainable and responsible.

Katarina Mancama, FTTSA marketing manager, said that through the partnership with the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, FTTSA is adding another awareness-raising layer to its programme.

‘As a small NGO, it is very important to be recognised as a partner by an organisation of the calibre of the WTTC and its Tourism for Tomorrow initiative. It lends further credibility to our programme,’ she commented.

The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise and reward companies and industry leaders in the travel and tourism sector worldwide for integrating best practice in sustainable tourism into their business models.

Mancama said the partnership makes perfect sense. ‘We work towards the same goals, and if we can enhance each other’s efforts, achieving these goals may be a little closer,’ she said.

David Scowsill, WTTC president and CEO, said that in order for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards to recognise the very best in sustainable tourism practices worldwide, his organisation cannot work alone.

'We need to work with partners that share our ambitions, recognise local excellence and can help us spread the word about the awards all over the planet,' he said. 'FTTSA is a well-established certification scheme, which as been operating in South Africa for almost 10 years. It’s through the work of organisations such as FTTSA that sustainable tourism will become even more mainstream.'