Fair Trade Without locals?
Because of this logistical challenge it is impossible for smaller tour operators to run such tours safely. Therefore it is only big business that gets to run this market. However we have seen many befits to the locals of Ushuaia. In the past 20 years this has boom in Antarctic tourism has greatly affected this city as well as the entire region of Tierra del Fuego. With the development for tourism came a decrease in transportation cost. This has led to an increased fruit exports.
Antarctica is a very unique situation. Although fair trade is not a possibility in this region it is almost anywhere else. Anywhere where people live, fair trade can and should exist. It is a model, which benefits its people in a better and more sustainable way. As we look to the future we may see changes in this but for the moment Antarctica is highly protected and will not be gaining any fulltime residents besides scientists and the penguins anytime soon.
The 5 Cornerstones of Fair Trade
1) fair working conditions- 95 percent of all tourists reach Antarctica reach the continent by way of ship. Usually working conditions are extreme and limited in living space. However people fight tooth and nail for these positions because it allows them to reach this expensive destination usually reserved for only the top few percent of society.
2) Fair Prices- This is something that does not exist. Demand is high and costs are also high. Therefore prices can reach into the absurd. It is not uncommon to pay nearly twenty thousand dollars to bunk with 3 others on this journey.
3) Integration Into the Local Economy and Regional Development- This exists in some degree within the nation surrounding the continent.
4) Fair Trade Partnerships Between All Actors in Tourism- This does not exist
5) Sustainable Resource Use and Environmental Justice- This is a cornerstone of all Antarctic travel. Due to the Antarctic treaty all tourism operation are required to follow a stringent set of laws and regulations. These restrictions are only becoming stricter with time.
I am a traveler, a student, a vagabond, a business owner, an entrepreneur and a dreamer. My name is Stuart Derman and welcome to the Digital Vagabond. The purpose of this blog is to integrate my personal travel experiences with trends and issues within the tourism field. My background is in electronic marketing within the tourism field.