Step 1: Agree To The Sustainable Tourism Code Of Conduct
Please read through the code of conduct below, upon agreement to conduct your business according to this set of principles, you will be automatically redirected to the next page where you can submit your business information.
Please let us know any suggestions you may have for enhancing or improving on this code.
We believe that tourism should be culturally sensitive. Visitors should be given the opportunity to enjoy and learn from Durban’s mix of cultures. Tourism should serve as a bridge between cultures, allowing people to interact and enrich their understanding of how other people live.
We believe that tourism should be a positive influence on local communities. Product owners and providers should make every reasonable effort to support local guides, patronising locally owned small business, and buying local crafts, through these actions tourists can help convince residents that our open spaces and tourism assets are worth protecting.
We believe that Tourism should be well managed and sustainable by nature. Product owners should implement projects and plans to minimise their impact on the environment wherever possible. This includes the saving of water, reducing energy consumption and use of low impact / bio-degradable soaps and detergents where possible.
We believe that waste should be disposed of properly and recycled where possible. Product Owners should set a good example for visitors by giving them opportunities to recycle and minimise waste. Special care should be taken with plastic that is not biodegradable. No littering of any kind should be tolerated.
We believe that wildlife and natural habitats must not be needlessly disturbed. Product owners should where possible make use of indigenous gardens, encourage the protection of wildlife habitat and not harass or harm any wildlife including birds, reptiles, fish and insects.
We believe that there must be no commerce in wildlife, wildlife products, native plants, or archaeological artefacts. Tourists should not be encouraged to buy or collect any wildlife products.
We believe that tourists should leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of local culture, nature and the environment. Tourism presents an opportunity for learning, it is our role as tourism product owners to inform, educate and share our sustainable tourism initiatives with tourists and provide tourists with opportunities to make a positive difference.
We agree to abide by and run our business in line with these principles. We further agree to make a tangible difference by using our business to implement projects or initiatives that can give credence to at least three of the seventeen Global Sustainable Tourism Goals. We agree to complete our self-assessment against these goals on an annual basis and submit the results to Durban Green Corridors.
We agree to supply Durban Green with annual data to measure and track our Carbon Footprint. This data will not be shared with any third parties under any circumstances. This will carry no direct cost to your business and will be a useful measure of your business efficiency.