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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 and team of sustainability leaders, 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.
But it requires that we fundamentally challenge everything we might have believed to be true and fundamentally reimagine our approach. That’s why we take a stand for:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Early 2018, our Founder was invited to become a Board member of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC), the head organization of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (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 to IMEC and KPAP’s mission!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
We’ve received the Travelife Partner award for our commitment to sustainability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We participated as one of Switzerland’s most promising start-ups in the Innosuisse Business Growth Program for ICT start-ups hosted by Venturelab.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.