A total of 90 members of the tourism industry, media and government joined RTTZ in the last week in Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam and Arusha for a one day event that aimed at providing a broad outline to the advantages of Sustainable or Responsible Tourism and how to attract the British market today. The event was sponsored by the British High Commission for whom the development of Responsible Tourism in Tanzania is seen to be a high priority for both the UK and Tanzania.
Members of the tourism industry gathered for a one day held in Arusha on 16th March, in Zanzibar on the 19th March and in Dar es Salaam on the 20th March 2012. The event was sponsored by the British High Commission in partnership with the Association of British Travel Agents ( ABTA) with Travelife International, Hotel Association Tanzania and Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors. The program focused on responsible tourism, the international market trends to responsible tourism, how to take care of British travelers aboard, Certification Schemes-the pros and cons; Better Energy Management and How to Prepare for a Sustainability Audit.
The market in the UK are becoming more aware of ‘sustainability’, the term is used every day, the market expects to see responsibility and organizations, corporations and events are reacting to these demands. For example the Olympics 2012 is “The first Sustainable Olympics”. This UK market is requesting Responsible Tourism packages as a matter of course in the host destinations. According to research by ABTA 87 % of the British find it very or fairly important that holiday does not damage the environment and 71 % of British consumers would like tourism to benefit local communities. The British High Commission is reacting to these trends is supporting the training events in order to enhance prosperity and security in both countries.
The presentations that were delivered during the events can be downloaded from our website , click here to library>
These presentations were:
- Introduction to Sustainable/ Responsible tourism
- Advantages and disadvantages of Responsible Tourism- market trend
- Responsible Tourism – Support for British Nationals Abroad
- Certification Schemes- pros and cons
- Responsible Tourism Tanzania (RTTZ) Introduction
- Training event- Energy Management
- Training event- How to prepare for an sustainability audit
The participants also drew a list of priorities for RTTZ to focus on in the coming months, these were:
- An overall roll-out plan and road map to help lodges and camps to gain seed level certification.
- Training- staff and management training using various techniques:
- Behind the scenes practical experience in hotels and lodges where they are implementing sustainable initiatives.
- Videos- develop training videos in Swahili on topics such as water management or rubbish management.
- Fact sheets and tools- develop quick reading guide books and tool kits for management and staff.
- Training- Half day sessions on specific topics-provide print outs- walk away with tools.
- A complete accessible and downloadable library of tools and resources on the website.
- Bring in the experts. Training sessions with suppliers who bring solutions such as sustainable energy, water management, pool management.
- Advice and mentoring- a continual process engaging environmental management coaches to advise, support and give feedback to hotels and lodge management.
- Quantifiable and clear criteria that will reduce expenditure and improve efficiency.
- Research opportunities for improving sustainability eg the rubbish into the recycling chain?
- Systematically lobby, advocate and supply statics, research and evidence to government on responsible tourism issues.
- Campaigning for cleaner beaches, public litter campaigns and removal of shells and corals. Certification schemes of “Blue Flag” beaches.
- Create informal forums within the tourism sector to exchange ideas and experiences.
Responsible Tourism Tanzania will be working on the following within the next 6 months.
- Complete the registration process of the organization.
- Finalizing the guidelines for the accommodation sector
- Developing the criteria for SEED Level certification
- Provide access for any accommodation facility to apply for certification for SEED level immediately. Companies will carry out a self assessment and submit this assessment to RTTZ . we will conduct an audit of that facility within the next 6 months.
We would like to thank the British High Commission for its support for the Responsible Tourism Tanzania.