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About Us

On a Mission to Transform Travel into an Exponential Force for Good

When you book your trip with Fair Voyage, you know that you’re getting an extraordinary experience crafted just for you by a responsible local destination expert, and that your money is making the world a better place. As a social enterprise, we source sustainable travel experiences, minimize your footprint, and empower local communities. Legally registered as a travel agency in Switzerland with secure travel funds insurance, we combine the personalized services and quality of a high-street agency with the efficiency of an innovative platform.

Fair Voyage Vision

Our Vision

By 2050, we will live in a sustainable and peaceful world led by conscious leaders. By keeping our bigger vision for the world in mind, we want to challenge ourselves to maximize our positive impact towards this bigger end goal and continually align our work accordingly. Every single day, we want to ask ourselves: “Are...
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Mission

Our Mission

We believe that travel is one of the most powerful tools for personal growth, global awareness building, and uniting humanity. This makes travel one of the most powerful tools to co-create our vision. That’s why we are on a mission to transform travel into an exponential force for good: for Our Shared Future as Humans...
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Fair Voyage Values

Our Values

Our values are the very reason for your existence. They define who we are and how we make decisions. We commit to always put our values before profit and hold ourselves accountable to act according to our values. We have divided our values into three non-negotiable values that we want to see in the world—Humanity,...
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Our Impact

Creating a fair and sustainable world when we travel, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We are curating the world’s most socially & environmentally responsible suppliers, and we are making it easy for you to book your trip with them. Because we believe that making sustainability easy is the only way that we – all together – can realise the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and preserve our planet:

People

Treating tourism workers and local communities fairly

Planet

Conserving nature and restoring biodiversity

Profit

Empowering locals for sustainable economic development

Our Awards & Recognitions

Awarded for our commitment to sustainability and invited to participate in leading industry events
Travelife Partner

Travelife is the leading responsible tourism certification organization globally with the most comprehensive & strict set of award criteria. Accredited by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), Travelife audits tour operators consistent with all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We are proud that we have been awarded the Travelife Partner award for our commitment to sustainability, and that our Founder is a qualified Travelife Sustainability Manager.

In October 2019, we were nominated for the World Summit Awards 2019 as the best and most innovative digital solution in Culture & Tourism from Switzerland. It is a great honor for us to be the one and only start-up selected to represent Switzerland in this category. We even made it into the global shortlist!

seif is a Swiss organization that supports teams who apply innovative business ideas to respond to current social and/or environmental problems. We were honored to participate as one of Switzerland’s most promising social impact start-ups in the seif Impact Academy for social entrepreneurs in 2018, and to be invited to participate once again in 2019. 

In February 2020, we were accepted by Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency, into their coveted start-up coaching program for Switzerland’s most innovative start-ups. We are honored about this recognition for our science and technology-based approach to innovation in technology.

International Trade Center

ITC is a joint venture of the UN and WTO. Under their She Trades program that aims to help local female entrepreneurs access global markets, we were invited to participate in an event for female tourism entrepreneurs in Rwanda and Uganda and had the opportunity to present our responsible travel mission to them. We are thrilled that both countries are now introducing responsible travel certifications locally.

In October 2019, we were one of 7 social innovation start-ups invited to present our solution on stage at the Redbull Basement Festival in Zurich. This gave us the opportunity to share our sustainable travel vision with a broader audience.

We were honored to be invited as one of only five female-founded social impact start-ups to present our social business case at the Zug Impact Summit organized by the Swiss Impact Investment Association (SIIA) in September 2018. This gave us the opportunity to share our sustainable travel vision in front of a distinguished audience of entrepreneurs, investors and politicians.

WTM Africa, Cape Town, 2018

We were invited to participate at WTM Africa, the leading African tourism conference, in 2018 and once again in 2019 as a fully hosted buyer. This means that we had the opportunity to meet dozens of local companies and source the most sustainable travel experiences across Southern and Eastern Africa for you. 

Magical Kenya Travel Expo

We were invited to participate in the Magical Kenya Travel Expo in October 2018 as a hosted buyer. Touring the country for a month and meeting with over 50 sustainable local companies in Kenya and East Africa, we’ve been scouting the most authentic experiences and eco-friendly accommodations for you. We’ve also been honored to share our impressions with our host country live on Kenyan TV. We are grateful to be invited to participate as hosted buyer again in October 2019.

KPAP

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) is a Tanzanian non-profit organization with the mission to improve the working conditions of the porters on Kilimanjaro. They are the only organization that monitors porter treatment practices locally. We are proud to be the only platform qualified as KPAP Partner company.

International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC)

Early 2018, our Founder has been invited to become a Board member of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC), the head organization of KPAP. Keen to support KPAP locally and promote fair porter treatment practices in mountain destinations globally, we were honored to accept this invitation and contribute whatever we can to IMEC and KPAP’s mission!

Responsible Tourism Tanzania (RTTZ)

Responsible Tourism Tanzania (RTTZ) is a non-profit organization that encourages and promotes a more sustainable tourism industry within Tanzania. RTTZ believes that the best in Tanzanian tourism is yet to come. So do we! Through our affiliate KiliGATE, we are a member of RTTZ.

We participated as one of Switzerland’s most promising start-ups in the Innosuisse Business Growth Program for ICT start-ups hosted by Venturelab. The program helped us strengthen our presence and network in the Swiss startup sector, and sharpen our marketing and business acumen.

IN THE NEWS

Recognized for our efforts by leading industry publications as well as travel and social impact blogs

Sustainability-Leaders.com

August 2020

 

VoyagesAfriq

May 2020

 

startupticker.ch

March 2020

 

TravelMole

March 2020

 

Credit Suisse

February 2020

 

TravelWeekly

December 2019

 

GSTC Conference

December 2019

 

Innovators

September 2019

WanderLearn

September 2019

MO Mondial Nieuws

August 2019

 

TravelCast

June 2019

 

World Nomads

March 2019

TravelDew

December 2018

Ronorp

November 2018

Kenya Tourism Board

October 2018

Passion Passport

November 2017

Luxiders

October 2017

Our History

From ethical Kilimanjaro tours to conscious travel experiences globally
2015
Learning About Porter Exploitation

Our Founder became aware of the exploitation of porters on Kilimanjaro when she climbed the mountain and researched the market for her book Kilimanjaro Uncovered (published 2016).

2016
Social Business Case

Together with like-minded individuals from around the world, we developed the concept for a sustainable tour booking platform as part of a social entrepreneurship program with Philanthropy University.

Early 2017
From Cairo to Cape Town

Our Founder cycled from Cairo to Cape Town. Experiencing the beauty of the entire continent and the warmth of its people, the initial vision for Fair Voyage was born: To help you too explore Africa – safely and responsibly.

Mid 2017
Launch of KiliGATE

We launched our predecessor KiliGATE.com in cooperation with local responsible tour operators and the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) to promote ethical Kilimanjaro climbs.

Jul 2018
Travelife Partner Award

We’ve received the Travelife Partner award for our commitment to sustainability.

Sep 2017
UN mission to Rwanda & Uganda

We participated in an ICT (UN/WTO) sponsored mission for female tourism entrepreneurs in Rwanda and Uganda. This helped us introduce the concept of responsible tourism certifications locally, and to source local tour operators who are already leaders in sustainability.

Nov 2017
WTM London – Preparing to Go Global

Seeing the need for more sustainable travel globally, we met with dozens of certified responsible tour operators from around the world during WTM London, the largest tourism conference globally. Ever since, we can’t wait to make the most exciting of those conscious travel experiences available to you.

Nov 2018
Travelife Audit Training

We participated in a comprehensive training to audit tour operators who wish to become Travelife certified for their compliance with comprehensive responsible & sustainable tourism criteria. While we do not plan to audit companies directly in order to retain our independence, the auditor qualification helps us curate the best conscious travel experiences for you.

Jan 2018
Rebranding to Fair Voyage

We rebranded from KiliGATE to Fair Voyage and launched our new platform. This will help us build a more personalized solution for you, and – over time – to help you customize your best conscious travel experiences for more and more destinations globally.

Feb 2018
Travel Funds Insurance

We became a member of the Swiss Travel Association STAR. Any payments for bookings made to us are now 100% secured by the Swiss Travel Security (STS) deposit guarantee scheme.

Apr 2018
WTM Cape Town and ATM Dubai

We participated in the leading travel conferences for Africa and the Middle East. Through hundreds of meetings, we’ve been able to source the most responsible tour companies and truly exciting experiences for you across the entire continent.

May 2018
Innosuisse Startup Program

We participated as one of Switzerland’s most promising start-ups in the Innosuisse Business Growth Program for ICT start-ups hosted by Venturelab.

September 2018
Swiss Impact Investment Summit

We got selected as one of only 5 female founded social impact startups to present our sustainable travel vision at the Zug SIIA Impact Investment Summit in Switzerland.

October 2018
MKTE Nairobi & TV Interview

We participated in the leading travel conference for East Africa and scouted the most exciting experiences and eco-friendly accommodations across Kenya for you. We were also honored to share our impressions live on Kenyan TV.

2018/2019
seif Impact Academy

We are participating in the seif Impact Academy for social entrepreneurs. seif is a Swiss organization that supports teams who apply innovative business ideas to respond to current social and/or environmental problems.

Spring 2019
Invited to #1 & #2 Africa Travel Conferences

We were honored to participate as fully hosted buyer at both of Africa’s largest travel conferences WTM & Indaba Africa. This gave us the opportunity to further deepen our strong relationships with local tourism companies from all over Africa.

June 2019
GSTC Member

We’ve become a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). By promoting suppliers who are audited by GSTC accredited organizations, we are effectively promoting all 17 UN SDGs in tourism.

Mid 2019
Expanding to the Himalayas

We were honored to participate as Hosted Buyer at the Himalayan Travel Mart conference in Nepal. We toured the country and sourced the most sustainable suppliers for you. Stay tuned for Nepal trekking and many more exciting experiences across the Himalaya region coming soon!

October 2019
World Summit Awards

We were nominated for the World Summit Awards 2019 as the best and most innovative digital solution in Culture & Tourism from Switzerland. In December, we even made it into the global shortlist!

End 2019
Opening Our Platform to Local Tour Operators

We designed our platform specifically for the needs of local companies and global travellers when booking multi-day trips. With our platform tried and tested end 2019, we are ready to quickly scale our impact globally in 2020.

January 2020
Travelife Partnership

To maintain high sustainability standards while scaling, we entered into a partnership with Travelife, the leading sustainability audit for tour operators. Together with Travelife, we curate the most sustainable local operators and help them become more sustainable over time.

March 2020
Good Travel Alliance

In partnership with Green Destinations, organizer of the annual Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards, bookdifferent.com, the leading platform for sustainable accommodations, we launched the Good Travel Alliance to increase visibility for sustainable destinations and make sustainable travel easier for consumers.

2020
Going Global

We are currently expanding our impact globally and adding lots of exciting sustainable itineraries to our website. No matter where you want to travel, we can already connect you with your best-matching local & sustainable travel expert.

2021
Your #1 Trusted Partner Globally

By 2021, we hope that you’ve booked a sustainable trip with us. As we will make every effort to convince you with our personalized services and best customized offers, we hope that we will have earned your trust as #1 partner when booking your next conscious travel adventure.

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