OT Voyages

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OTVoyages Is a local agency based in the Atlas Mountains and spcializes in Bespoke and responsible travels throughout Morocco. Because we’re so keen on helping people see the real Morocco and benefit from all of our professional and personal experience, we made the decision to establish our business to better reflect what we do. We do more than just organize tours and bespoke trips to Morocco, we help people to experience the true beauty of a country which is steeped in history and culture and one which thrives on a simpler way of life. We want each and every visitor to leave having experienced a truly unforgettable journey and we do that every single time thanks to our focus on quality and service.
Member since: 29 Mar 2019

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

We employ local guides to offer the travellers authentic local experiences while avoiding group tours. Tour guides are amazing sources of information on everything travellers need to know about the local culture and heritage,  They know the best restaurants with the tastiest foods, they know local do’s and don’t’s. Our travellers always say that having a local guide has been the highlight of their entire trip.
We advise the travellers to eat in small restaurants, cafes and stalls which ensures their money goes directly into the surrounding community. It also gives them an authentic insight into what the local and regional dishes are and how they eat them.
Similarly, to eating local, one of the easiest ways to foster sustainability is to buy local. Our guides advise travellers to shop at markets instead of large grocery stores and to avoid big chains and supermarkets, not only will they get an authentic experience, they will also be supporting small businesses which helps the community to thrive.
We use family owned guesthouses and riads throughout the tours in order to support local businesses.
Fight Against rural migration by training local youth into tourism activities.
Supporting the local NGO Tawaya (Building and inaugurating New school in R’bat village)
Buying products from local farmers and producers during the hikes.
Donation of time, communication and resources in favour of the local NGO Tawaya which supports numerous causes including education, Social, environmental and agricultural development
Fair business practices for employees (local guides, drivers, cooks etc.) including equal pay for equal work and living wage compensation initiatives. 

Environmental responsibility

Reducing the use of printed brochures by focusing on online marketing.
Completely turn off computer monitors, printers and other equipment at the end of each day. We are aware that in standby mode they're still using power - and that adds to global warming. Always turn off our office light and computer monitor when we go out for lunch or to a meeting.
We use printers that can print on both sides of the paper. Always buy recycled paper to use in our printers.
We don’t use “throw away” products like paper plates and napkins, or plastic knives, forks and cups.
We always look for products that have less packaging.
Advise customers to travel during the off-peak period to prevent over straining resources, ecosystems and also avoid the crowds.
We encourage our guests to be green and advise them not to leave any rubbish during their trips– it can be very dangerous for the wildlife and fragile ecosystems.
Instead of constantly buying bottled water, we advise our travellers to save their time, money and effort with a reusable water bottle. Hard plastic or steel water bottles can be re-used for years and are very affordable. They can also bring empty bottles through airport security and refill them on the other side.
Also, use less water when showering or brushing teeth, not to leave the water running.
Re-wear clothes; We ask the travellers to try and help the hotel/riad or guesthouse to conserve water by using clothes more than once. For example, if they only spent the evening seated at a restaurant then their clothes can’t be as dirty as those of someone who has been on a dusty safari. Such an outfit can be worn again before giving it in for cleaning.
Advise the travellers to pick the clothes they use to travel wisely. There is no need to pick white outfits when they know they will be traveling in off-road areas or hiking in the Atlas Mountains. Khaki, jeans shorts and trousers are good for such trips because they can withstand a lot of wear and tear and they can wear them more than once before washing. Also, we ask them to carry tops, dresses or shirts that are easy to wash and dry that they can wash by hand quickly without using a lot of water.
A good thing to have is dry shampoo, which travellers can use to keep their hair clean without the need for water.
We don’t offer any Cruises, ATV Quad or Jet-skis activities as they create noise and chemical pollution that is very disturbing to wildlife and the local population. Cruise ships dump nearly one billion tons of sewage into the oceans each year. In fact, cruises emit three times the amount of C02 that airplanes do.
We will soon establish a partnership agreement with the M’goun national Park association in the Atlas Mountains to participate in actions led by this organization for the preservation of wildlife and ecosystems in the M’goun area.
Training into Organic farming in the village of R’bat and tree planting to stop erosions in the Atlas Mountains and to preserve fragile environments and ecosystems.
Participating and organizing Campaigns for collecting rubbish in the Ait Bougumez valley in Central High Atlas.

Social responsibility

Many travellers come from societies with different consumption patterns and lifestyles than what is current at our destination, seeking pleasure, spending large amounts of money and sometimes behaving in ways that even they would not accept at home. We make them aware that the effect of their behaviour is that local people who come in contact with them may develop a sort of copying behaviour, as they want to live and behave in the same way.
Travelling brings people into contact with each other and, as tourism has an educational element, it can foster understanding between peoples and cultures and provide cultural exchange between hosts and guests.
Through our travels, we promote the preservation and transmission of cultural and historical traditions, which often contributes to the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources, the protection of local heritage, and a renaissance of indigenous cultures, cultural arts and crafts.
We provide our travellers all detailed information about he political and social situation in our country to understand the political, cultural, or economic context.
Local guides take groups to visit local communities and social projects led by our social partners; these social projects have direct and indirect benefits to the host community
We support the local NGO of Ait Bougumez valley for local music and Folklore
Encourage the education of girls in the Atlas Mountains by supporting school bus initiatives.
Introduce the travellers to the local music and traditions during their visits to remote village of the Atlas.
Organize meetings, workshops, cooking classes, tea ceremonies and school visits together with the local NGO and local population to get a deep insight of the local lifestyle, culture and traditions.

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