Fair Deal Tours
19 July 2012
The European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations [FEG] has launched two new tourism awards this year in order to promote tours that offer a fair deal. Members of the public - from the up market ‘discerning traveller’ to the ‘Lonely Planet-hugging’ back packer – have until the end of September to nominate their favorite candidate based on a memorable personal experience.
Awards will be made in two categories: Best Fair Deal Tour 2012 and Best Fair Deal Tour Operator/ Travel Agency 2012; the winners will be announced later this year in November. The purpose of the awards is to raise awareness and improve transparency, quality, standards and a more sustainable approach in the tourism industry.
What is a Fair Deal Tour?
A fair deal tour is a tour that is advertised and sold transparently, explaining exactly what you get and where no one is exploited. It’s a tour where all those engaged have all the necessary qualifications and a long-term responsible approach to their activity.
Tours of all kinds are eligible to win, walking tours, coach tours, off shore cruise tours, tours by bicycle or on horseback, museum tours, any kind of guided tour as long as it fulfills the criteria set down by FEG, proving that it does indeed offer a ‘fair deal’. This does not just mean a fair deal for the participants; a genuinely ‘fair deal’ tour offers everyone involved a ‘fair deal’ including those who deliver the tour - the tourist guide and the organizer – as well as those who are affected by it indirectly such as sites and monuments. It also takes into account the effect tourism might have on the cultural and natural heritage and the communities where the tours take place. Less short-term profit and a more long-term vision; creation of employment, absolutely, but sustainable employment and not just cheap labor without available qualifications, paid only in tips or commission. There is no such thing as a free lunch, nor are there indeed any truly ‘free tours’.
Nominate your own favorite candidate
So let’s be civilized and award those who tread carefully on our planet and offer you a more sustainable, ethical tour but also one that is wonderfully entertaining! Apart from the Best Fair Deal Tour 2012 you can also nominate the Best Fair Deal Tour Operator / Travel Agency 2012. Only fee-paying tours and operators and organizers who charge for their services are eligible to win.
The deadline for nominations is 30th September 2012.
For a full list of criteria and more details, please go to www.feg-touristguides.org
To receive a nomination form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org