Responsible Tourism Tanzania is about encouraging and promoting a more sustainable tourism industry within Tanzania. It stands for protecting and caring for the diverse cultures of the country, as well as its natural environment, whilst optimizing on business and economic sustainability.
Responsible Tourism Tanzania is about encouraging and promoting a more sustainable tourism industry within Tanzania. It stands for protecting and caring for the diverse cultures of the country, as well as its natural environment, whilst optimizing on business and economic sustainability. It aspires to support and communicate a positive impression of Tanzanian tourism, both locally and for the global market. Responsible Tourism Tanzania believes that the best in Tanzanian tourism is yet to come.
Responsible Tourism Tanzania mission will be to support and guide the tourism industry to a holistic management approach by providing:
• Internationally accepted standards and guidelines with a clear set of practical ideas to introduce the tourism enterprises to a sustainable management approach.
• Auditing and evaluation processes that will help guide the tourism venture to improving their actions and the product.
• A certification scheme with the branding for recognition of the company’s efforts and successes
• Lobbying and advocacy on behalf of the tourism industry to develop policies and regulations within Tanzania for the sustainability of the resources and cultures and people.
• Information and practical ideas, tools as well as training to assist the tourism enterprises to practice and participate responsible tourism.
• Promoting the responsible tourism operators and products in Tanzania to the international tourism market.
• Responsible Tourism Tanzania currently is in the initial formation stages, the following processes are in development:
• Guidelines for the accommodation sector and being developed, these guidelines have been adopted from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and are being adapted for the Tanzanian environment.
• A website that will make the guidelines accessible, provide help and ideas for companies to adopt these guidelines and an online self assessment tool.
• Partnering with the various stakeholders including the Hotel keepers Association of Tanzania, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors and Tourism Confederation of Tanzania.
• Legal registration of the association.
Responsible Tourism Tanzania are currently developing the guidelines for responsible tourism in Tanzania in compliance with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, this will allow any Tanzanian company that complies with the Responsible Tourism Tanzania guidelines will also be in alignment with the international standards of the GSTC. The certification will have international repute.
A.1.1 Implementation of a sustainability management system
A long-term sustainability management system is created that is suitable to the reality and scale of your operation, and considers economic, environmental, cultural, health, and safety issues.
A.2. Legal Compliance
A2.1 Legal compliance
All operations s are in compliance with the National Tourism Policy issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism and the Tanzanian tourism business registration and operation requirements, as well as all other relevant National and International legislation and regulations (including, among others, health, safety, labor, and environmental aspects)
A.3. Risk Management
A.3.1 Risk Assessment
The likelihood of the risks related to the operation are constantly identified, qualified and measured, taking steps to minimize their occurrence, and develop contingency plans to effectively react to emergencies.
A.3.2 Health and safety
The safety of your operation is reviewed constantly and appropriate measures taken to ensure the well being of your guests, employees and the surrounding communities.
A.4. Business Ethics
A.4.1 Business Ethics
A clear and applicable business code of conduct is developed that promotes the principles of personal and professional relations with shareholders, employees, other enterprises, government and the global community. The proper checks and balances are carried out within the organization and a culture is created that nurtures sound business standards and corporate practices.
A.5. Workplace Practices
A clear employment policy is in place that outlines employees’ rights and compensates employees fairly.
All personnel should receive periodic training to improve or further their capacity and skills with their profession as well as training regarding their role in the operation’s sustainability management system, especially in the management of environmental, socio-cultural, health, and safety practices.
A.6. Customer Awareness and Satisfaction
A6.1 Accurate marketing and complete promotional material
All marketing and promotional materials are accurate and complete.
A6.2 Guest feedback
Feedback is sought from customer on a regular basis. Customers’ satisfaction is measured and appropriate corrective actions are taken.
A6.3 Creating awareness about sustainable management
Customer knowledge and satisfaction is enhanced through education on sustainable management e.g. the local economic, natural and cultural environments; and in the process invites them to contribute towards sustainable tourism.
A responsible purchasing/supply chain management policy is established, that maximizes environmental benefits as well as economic gains through efficient sourcing of materials and resources.
A8. Sustainable Construction
A8.1 Land use
Ensure local communities land plans and zoning and protected or heritage area requirements are respected when deciding on the site of your property.
A.8.2 Construction location, methods and materials
Locally appropriate principles are used for sustainable construction. Ensure the construction of any buildings is in keeping with the natural surroundings, and cause as little impact to the surroundings as possible.
B. Social/economic guidelines
B.1.1 Local employment
Local residents are employed, including in management positions.
B.1.2 Supporting local business / purchasing local goods
Local goods are purchased where possible, and local businesses supported and encouraged.
B.1.3 Contributing towards local development
Local initiatives for development are actively supported including education, health and sanitation.
B.1.4 Minimize harmful (economic and social) effects of tourism
The activities of the company do not have a negative social or economic impact on the local community.
C. Environmental Guidelines
C. 1. Planning
C. 1.1 Environmental planning and impact assessment
New projects or buildings or projects must have an environmental impact assessment (EIA) carried out in compliance with Tanzania’s National Environmental management Council (NEMC) regulations.
C. 2. Conservation of Resources
C. 2.1 Water
Water management, including measurements and ways to reduce consumption, is an integrated part of the business.
C. 2.2 Energy
Effective, ecological energy use is considered in all aspects of your business. Energy consumption is measured, sources indicated, and measures to decrease overall consumption are adopted, while encouraging the use of renewable energy.
C. 3. Pollution
C. 3.1 Harmful substances, air, noise
Ensure that the environment is not polluted by emissions such as GHG, chemicals, hazardous waste, sewage, excessive noise or light.
C. 3.2 Solid waste
A waste management plan is developed for all categories of solid waste, making sure that it is based on the basic principle of reduction and includes systems for reusing and recycling.
C. 3.3 Waste water
A waste water management plan is developed and implemented which includes detailed description of how to properly control and dispose of waste water including the analysis and treatment of discharges.
C. 4. Conserving biodiversity and ecosystems
C. 4.1. Sustainable harvesting and consumption of biodiversity
A policy is written, communicated and implemented to make sure that wild species should only be harvested and utilised or marketed if sustainable and in compliance with local, national and international regulations.
C. 4.2 Interacting with Wildlife ensuring minimal disturbance
Interaction with wildlife is done in the least disturbing way, ensuring that there are no damaging effects or change from normal behaviour.
C. 4.3 Supporting conservation projects
The business’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy includes supporting and contributing towards biodiversity or ecosystem research and conservation initiatives.
C. 4.4 Landscaping
Native species are used for landscaping and the use of invasive and easily propagated exotics are is avoided.
C. 4.5 Environmental education
Environmental education is incorporated into the philosophy of the business in order to cultivate change, making sure that employees, visitors and local communities are included.
D. Historical-Cultural Heritage Guidelines
D. 1. Historical and Cultural Sites
D.1.1 Protection and preservation of important historical sites and cultural elements
The company contributes to the protection and preservation of important historical sites and cultural elements.
D. 2. Historical And Archaeological Artefacts
D.2.1 Protection and preservation of important historical sites and cultural elements
The company does not support the purchasing or removal of historical and archaeological artifacts from their site of origin.