Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) has recently certified its first ever property in the tourism hotspot of Oudtshoorn. De Zeekoe Guest Farm is an owner-managed African farm that offers a variety of accommodation types (from stylish suites to rustic waterfront chalets with both catered and self-catering options). With a very strong focus on environmental conservation as well as community upliftment, De Zeekoe Guest Farm will be the perfect Oudtshoorn choice for the ethically-minded traveller.
FTTSA certification is an independent endorsement of fair and responsible tourism practice in South Africa. It is based on adherence to specific criteria including fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. Certification is offered on a voluntary basis to providers of tourist accommodation, activities and attractions.
Says Paula Potgieter, owner: “For De Zeekoe Guest Farm it is an honour and a privilege to become a FTTSA-certified business. This allows us interaction with establishments and people, who also offer a sustainable service to their community and to tourism. This was an encouragement to us, to get all our affairs up to date and inspire us do more for our community and towards our environment. As an FTTSA-certified business it will create a sense of confidence and credibility. We will strive to inspire all around us.”
Katarina Mancama, FTTSA Marketing Manager, added “this addition to the FTTSA portfolio is very strategic, as it will enable individual travelers as well as tour operators to extend the options for Fair Trade Tourism holiday packages along the Garden Route”.