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10YFP STP Portfolio: Fair Trade Tourism sets standards in “Voluntourism”

“Voluntourism”, or international travel that combines tourism with volunteering, has been gaining popularity over recent years. To tackle the challenges associated with voluntourism, such as as putting verifiable safeguard measures in place when dealing with vulnerable children and wildlife, Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) became the very first certification scheme in the world to review its certification standard to include additional criteria for tourism products with volunteer offerings. Since then, FTT has seen an upsurge in both the supply and demand for volunteer tourism products in Africa, many of them focused on so-called conservation or orphanage programmes.

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