Photography tour of Morocco

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11 Oct 2016
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Photography tour of Morocco

Environment

Clients are sent electronically Responsible Travel briefing notes and an Equipment List when booking is confirmed. On arrival the photographers will have a specific briefing relating to cultural etiquette and will be accompanied by an Official City Guide in Marrakech (Day 2) to ensure they do not cause any offence to traders and citizens.

Clients can communicate directly with Photography Tour Leader, or in advance can communicate with us via e-mail, if there are any specific queries. Our Moroccan ground team have been briefed in the ethos of Responsible Travel and are encouraged to lead by example. General Guidelines regarding Cultural Etiquette are also published on our website.

Within the desert camps all food waste is kept for feed to the working animals (donkeys, mules and camels) and clients are advised not to dispose of toilet paper in the WCs at camp. The use of eco-friendly toiletries and cosmetics etc are encouraged through the Kit List, published on the company’s website.

On our 4x4 Off-Road Desert Expeditions, experienced local drivers will ensure that only established pistes are followed to ensure minimum disturbance and erosion of surrounding desert dunes and eco-systems. Our indigenous desert guides can point out and explain the desert flora & fauna in a local context. We ask clients to purchase drinking water in large containers (if possible) for decanting to individual small bottles, to avoid creating excessive plastic waste.

Plastic containers, bottles, bottle tops etc will be kept for our recycling arts/music projects or disposed of in the municipal amenities of larger towns. Our Moroccan ground team and drivers are briefed in the ethos of environmentally responsible practices and we encourage leadership by example. This trip (and this company generally) also caters only for small groups. This allows for a closer relationship between the local suppliers and the visitor and has a less harmful environmental impact than large tour groups arriving in coaches etc. Our groups will have a much closer relationship with their guides and drivers, receiving a better level of personal service and cultural understanding as a result.

We do not produce printed brochures – our marketing and administration is primarily electronic, thereby reducing paper waste.

Community

Our company is jointly owned in partnership with Moroccans indigenous to the desert community in which we focus our activities and cultural/volunteering holidays. The Moroccan Saharoui co-director of the company is also a founding member of a separate community development association which addresses environmental and economic issues.

All trips are led by English-speaking experienced local guides who have been briefed in the ethos of Responsible Travel and the expectations of the European/Western traveller. We also only engage local drivers, transportation and guides who have best knowledge of the area and in so doing we ensure that maximum economic benefits are returned directly to the families in the area. As much as possible we use independent locally owned accommodation and restaurants.

For desert expeditions and camps all supplies are sourced within the village from local businesses. In order to promote the distribution of tourism wealth, on our travels we encourage clients to purchase supplies and souvenirs from smaller shops, individual artisans and co-operatives out of the main tourist centres. With this trip we are hoping to build a resource for children in the village of M’Hamid el Ghizlane.
We also ask clients to bring any unwanted digital cameras (with PC connector cables if possible) and disposable/film-cameras (all must be in good working order). We will be collecting these for a future photographic project and exhibition of photos taken by the children. This project is still in early stages of development and may become one of our company’s Volunteering holidays.

We encourage visitors to bring clothing, school supplies and basic equipment for distribution to local inhabitants via appropriate leaders, teachers etc. This is co-ordinated through our relationship with a Community Association in the village of M’Hamid el Ghizlane – our Moroccan co-director is one of the committee members. Our company is committed to providing fair payment to local people in the tourism trade. We pay our guides/drivers a daily rate that is much higher than the current Moroccan minimum wage (paid by the large tour operators).

We sell our trips from the internet, without a costly office base. In this way the overheads are kept low and at least 80% of the holiday price is directly contributed into the local economy.

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