Fair Trade Tourism
Tourism is a form of trade. It is a part of the global economy thus bound to reproduce the inequalities and distortions of the larger system. FairtTour is about a different attitude towards travel. Getting more by contributing more by promoting a more positive type of holiday, one that brings benefits to both local communities and tourists.
The idea is simple: helping local people while having a good holiday, simply by going on tours that involves local communities. In other words, a mutually beneficial trade.
Tourism can promote respect for different cultures and encourage us to care about what happens to people in faraway countries. It can create jobs and put money into local economies. It can help rural and indigenous communities preserve their culture. Usually it happens that most of what is spent on holiday, even in developing countries, ends up back in western countries, staying in hotels owned by western companies, drinking and eating imported beverages and food. This is known as leakage. Leakage means that holidays often generate more money for western companies than for people in the countries visited.
The World Bank estimated that for every dollar spent on holidays in developing countries, only a few pence â€śtrickle downâ€ť to the ordinary people who live in the rural and seaside villages in which tourists are staying .