Ashanti African Tours
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Member since: 12 Nov 2005
How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
- We always use local guides and community based project leaders during all of our tours. Their local knowledge and expertise are invaluable and enhances our client’s experience. We want assurances that the proceeds from these projects are distributed correctly, improving facilities that the whole community will benefit from.
- During our tours, we aim to use local accommodation whenever possible. These establishments employ local people and source food and beverages locally. All of this benefits the local economy. We are currently seeking suitable, local candidates with a passion and interest in areas relating to our tours to train and educate with the view of future employment within our company
- We encourage our clients to buy souvenirs such as arts, crafts and clothes locally as well as eat and drink in local bars and restaurants. This benefits our clients as buying locally is generally cheaper, and it enables them to interact with locals, which enhances their trip. But more importantly, it benefits the local economy by bringing money, employment and encourages them to protect these vulnerable areas.
- Our company does not print brochures due to paper wastage. We actively encourage communication via email or telephone. We refill ink cartridges and reuse paper whenever possible. In the future, we hope to power our Ghana office using solar energy.
- We endeavour to use all natural resources sparingly; these include water, wood and charcoal. We also insist all our clients do the same. In areas where local fuel such as wood and charcoal are not in abundance, we will use alternative fuels.
- All our tours highlight community run eco tourism projects, and we especially encourage clients to visit projects protecting endangered wildlife and vulnerable wildlife areas. There are many such areas in Ghana such as the Ankasa and Bia chimpanzee population, along with the Hippos at Bui and Wechiau.
- During our tour brief on our client’s arrival in Ghana, our local guides inform them of local customs, etiquette and acceptable behaviour. Our website has links to Ghana embassies around the World with up to date political information.
- Before arriving at a community, our local guides inform our clients of the local customs and general information about interactions and any other relevant information. This is to make them aware of the impact their behaviour can have on the local community It is company policy to use local guides whilst visiting local communities.
- We advertise and encourage tours to community based eco projects that are run correctly and which benefit the whole community. We always encourage our clients to contribute to our company community based project.