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Our business works with responsible tourism, ensuring that we are responsible for any negative consequences that might occur as a result of our business. We are very aware that we might never achieve a completely sustainable world where tourism is still part of it, but we can always work towards this goal and strive to make this dream into a reality. One of the most important aspects of responsible tourism is that there is an informed participation of everyone involved, which is why we want to inform you of who we are and what we do. If you are interested in reading answers to our frequently asked questions, click here.
According to the Cape Town declaration from 2002, the definition of responsible tourism is tourism which minimises negative social, economic and environmental impacts. This reflects our company's values, and following the declaration is therefore a requirement when collaborating with us. The Cape Town declaration involves eight requirements that has to be met when running a company. To present our values clearly, we are going to explain how we work with some of these:
(1) “That the business generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities”
This includes fair salary and good working conditions. It is far too often that hotel destinations mistreat the local staff and only give them the absolute minimum wage. This is not our case. We know that a happy and comfortable staff is a hard-working one. Good working conditions does not only create a better atmosphere at the hotel, but also ensures the health and good lifestyle of the workers. Every staff member at our destinations are therefore being well paid above the country’s minimum wage. Our principle is to always provide a salary at least 10% higher than the minimum wage in order to ensure the worker’s health, and to ensure that our cooperating companies are serious about sustainability.
(2) “Makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage embracing diversity, and provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues”
As we are sure you are aware, sustainability is all about preserving and protecting the communities: its economy, social well-being and environment. We therefore give some of our profit to the local communities’ conservation actions, encouraging and helping them to develop and at the same time give them a higher status in the tourism business.
(3) “Provides access for physically challenged people and is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence”
It is very important for us that the destinations we provide to our customers, are accessible for everyone, no matter what. When choosing destinations we therefore always try to make sure that they are adapted for people who have different physical needs. If you are for example in a wheelchair, we do not want that to be an obstacle for you. Another important factor is that the tourism that is provided should work on having good relationships with the existing populations in the areas. We do not support any forms of cultural appropriation, as the locals’ cultures should be met with respect, and we encourage them to be proud of their culture.