Fifteen tourism properties have recently been awarded an Eco-certification by Tanzania’s first Responsible Tourism certification organisation, a certification scheme which follows systematic procedure to assess hotels and lodges on their environmental, economic and socio-cultural activities based on the criteria which have been tailored specifically to match both local Tanzanian and international requirements. These standards are aligned with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) which serves as the international body for fostering increased knowledge and understanding of sustainable tourism practices, promoting the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles and building demand for sustainable travel.
Following throughout a rigorous verification process to certify the tourism properties which are managing their business in a responsible and sustainable manner, tourism properties have been awarded Responsible Tourism Certificates in Tanzania, as first ever program to audit and measure the sustainability and responsibility of hotels and tourism properties in the country; the tourism facilities awarded with certificates of compliance are: Sayari Camp, Dunia Camp, Olakira Camp from Serengeti National Park, Oliver`s Camp from Tarangire National Park, Isoitok Camp, Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp both from Manyara Region, the Blue Oyster Hotel, Chumbe Island Lodge, Kilindi Zanzibar, Red Monkey Lodge, Mangrove Lodge, Unguja Lodge all these from from Zanzibar.
“It was a pleasure to take part in the process,” Said Anwar Beiser from Blue Oyster Hotel in Zanzibar. “We are very glad to hear about the successful certification.” Also Ellies from Unguja Lodge said “We are so excited”
“We would like to underline that the certification from RESPONSIBLE TOURISM TANZANIA is seen by us as a big achievement, since this is based on actual audits by professionals and follows a checklist with defined criteria,” Said Mark from the Red Monkey Lodge in Zanzibar. Marina from the Mangrove Lodge said “Just last year we started the process for the Responsible Tourism Certification and finally we achieved our goal, we are very happy”.
Responsible Tourism Tanzania have an extensive geographical cover of certified properties in Tanzania with properties certified in Zanzibar, Serengeti, Tarangire and some more remote areas such as Siwandu Camp which is perfectly situated within a prime game area to experience the abundant wildlife of Selous Game Reserve; Ras Kutani Lodge which rests to the South of Dar es Salaam within a virgin coastal forest; and Hondo Hondo Camp that is based on the borders of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Hannah Wood, owner of Hondo Hondo, “Said we received the news of the certification with pleasure”, stating that “the accreditation emphasises the lodge’s commitment to Sustainable Tourism and conservation principles”. And she continue saying “Hondo Hondo is proud to receive the Certification and hope to continue as a pioneer in Sustainable Tourism in Tanzania. All staff have worked hard alongside the local community to make sure our lodge is operated as responsibly as possible and we are delighted to have this recognised by RTTZ”
“This is a very exciting time for us as an organization and for these tourism properties,” said Richard Rugimbana, chairman of the RTTZ board and a prominent figure in tourism of Tanzania. “We are proud to have awarded Tanzanian tourism properties with certificates for their dedication to managing their businesses in a responsible manner”.