Sustainable, Responsible Tourism

 

 

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A circle dance group and local people enjoy a Gnawa Band

Ethical, Holistic Holidays

We have been pioneers in responsible and sustainable tourism in Morocco since we opened La Maison Anglaise in 1996. After 10 years of commitment, Jane was invited to speak at the launch of Morocco’s Responsible Tourism Initiative in 2006.

As a natural extension of these ethics, we have a good understanding of the connection between body, mind and spirit which has generated a nurturing holistic approach to entertaining our guests: relaxation, exercise, good food, learning and splendid scenery.  Special Interest group holidays are our speciality.

2005  – selected as one of the Top 10 Vegetarian Holidays in the World by VegeNews 

P1000584-12009 – awarded the Moroccan Responsible Tourism Trophy for Social and Economic Development

greenkeylogo2012 – certified by Green Key.  This is an internationally recognised sustainable management label.  Some of the ways in which we fulfil their responsible tourism criteria are listed below:

  • using solar panels to heat water
  • promoting education on sustainability
  • serving locally produced food made with fresh ingredients
  • putting in place water and electricity conservation
  • supporting a number of appropriate projects
  • holding regular meetings to further our aims

I was aware of your commitment to sustainability: it shines out of your website and even more from yourself. It is one reason for staying with you and I couldn’t recommend it to anyone without mentioning that very early in the conversation (as well as wonderful food and exceptional staff )  Lucy T Sept 2017

2014 – Lonely Planet selected the guest house as one of the Top 10 Ecostays in the World.

 

Responsible Tourism

How do we implement our beliefs?

Responsible Tourism project - soap makingSupport of a wide variety of community projects. These were instigated by us:

  • 2006  a soap-making project for which we were awarded a Responsible Tourism trophy
  • 2010  our bee keeping project supports not only bee keepers but also habitats and an endangered species of bee.
  • 2014 an embroidery project to support local women and preserve local traditions.

Responsible Tourism Project - Embroidery Other Projects we support:

  • the Orphanage
  • the School for the Blind
  • a project to support street connected children
  • women’s cooperatives including rug-making and argan oil
  • wildlife conservation
  • animal welfare and several more

We have raised money for these projects in a variety of ways including selling our on-line cook book. More details about our aid projects .

Offering award-winning vegetarian and vegan food options at all meals.

waiting calechesPromoting sustainable transport for our clients by making available a wide variety of local excursions:

  • on foot or by horse-drawn taxis
  • when using motorised transport, we try to create small groups to share the vehicle (and experience)
  • offering bicycles for hire

Promoting cross-cultural understanding by providing for our clients:

  • detailed information both before and during their visit to ensure that the maximum cultural insight and enjoyment is gained from the holiday
  • opportunities for genuine connections to develop with local people
  • an awareness of Moroccan open-mindedness: for example you can feel comfortable bringing your own alcohol to the dining table if you wish
  • respect for Moroccan beliefs means we don’t ask the staff to serve alcohol

Said teaches children about energy-saving

Education, particularly of young people, is important to us. The photo shows a workshop for the staff’s nine children at the guest house. Their focus was energy and water conservation.

We hope our visitors will learn from our extensive displays and a well stocked library. They can also learn through the soles of their feet and from the staff.

Before the project began Jane was involved in research in Morocco.  She lectured both in the UK and Morocco about sustainability and wildlife conservation.