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The AFTTO Charter

For Responsible Tourism in Africa

Help us develop the AFTTO Charter for Responsible Tourism in Africa!

AFTTO members along with interested parties and experts in the fields of tourism and CSR are developing an AFTTO Charter which all our members will have to public commit themselves to and adhere by. We have set up a draft version here and please note that we aim to have fixed the final version by March 2011. In the meantime we would be grateful for any feedback whether positive or negative.

“We, as members, clients and partners in the African tourism, travel and trade sector publicly commit ourselves to the following code of conduct in all our activities:

1        To adopt practices that ensures the conservation of the environment, flora and fauna in the areas that we do business in.

2        To be efficient with the resources used in all areas of our business particularly with non renewable resources undertaking environmentally responsible practices regarding recycling and energy use, and to ensure that waste disposal has the minimum environmental and aesthetic impact.

3        To not just respect the local cultures in which we do business, but to actively educate ourselves to take into consideration community attitudes and cultural values and concerns, including local custom and beliefs, in the design and execution of our tour products.

4       To comply with all local, national and international environmental laws.

5        To encourage and accept criticism and input from clients, partners and employees in a never-ending effort to preserve the natural environment.

6        To foster an understanding and respect for environmental and cultural conservation values among our management, employees, contractors and customers.

7        To actively support the health of our employees, cooperating with health organisations and initiatives particularly with regard to AIDS, Malaria and other health challenges facing the African continent.

8        To share our vision of responsible tourism by providing guidelines and suggestions to our clients at the commencement of all our tour programs.

9        To support educational and training initiatives among our employees in Africa.

10      To support wherever possible accommodations, activity operators, ground handlers and service providers local to the regions in which we operate, in order to encourage and support the growth of business so that as much money as possible generated by tourism benefits the local community.

We undertake these commitments with two principle aims.

Firstly, so that our customers view and enjoy the beauty of Africa and the richness of its traditional cultures while leaving only footprints in our wake so that future generations may also enjoy its gifts. Secondly so that the localities, regions and countries of Africa reap the benefits of tourism, travel and trade rather than the disadvantages, so that Africa can use the richness of its natural heritage to build a sustainable prosperity for the future.”