Our philosophy of community based tourism ventures
What it means to travel with Fairtrips
Our promises to you
Certified Quality by TourCert
What you will see
All of our team has a passion for community-based tourism. But don't take our word for it. Get to know the team and their descriptions, so you can see how much passion our travel specialists have for this topic. You truly are in good hands!
Executive Director of Platforms
Travel addict, polyglot, and paragliding fanatic
A true travel addict, Benno has ventured all over the world and speaks five languages (six, if you count Portuñol). When he discovered Galápagos in 2014, he immediately fell in love with the pristine archipelago far off Ecuador's coast, and founded Galapatours.com - a booking portal specialized on Galápagos Cruises on board small, sustainable expedition vessels. In 2020, he created Polartours.com - a booking portal specialized in Antarctica and Arctic Cruises on board expedition vessels. His third startup, Fairtrips.com, is a non-profit, aiming at providing indigenous communities all over the world a booking portal for their exciting touristic products. In doing so, his goal is to help those participate in the value chain created by tourism, who need it most and who oftentimes have the most authentic and exciting products. Write Benno: [email protected]
To travel is a way to transform your life into something better
Born in Quito, Ecuador Patricio (Pato) have more than 29 years of experience in the tourism business. During his profesional career he served in different roles: as tour guide, travel agent, operations as well as many senior management positions in commercial and marketing areas with tour operators, local and national public institutions in Ecuador. He is a passionate about Sustainability, Marketing and Innovation, his academic background includes: a Bachelor in Tourism Management, and Specialization in Natural Areas Management and a Master Degree in Ecotourism. Currently, he is working as a consultant in some sustainable tourism projects and within his NGO “Verde Milenio” in several SAVE (Scientific Academic, Volunteer and Educational) tourism and sustainable development programs.
Project Manager TURICOM
Passionate about communities, nature and sustainable and responsible travel.
Since her professional beginnings, Verónica has had a marked tendency towards working with local communities and the preservation of their territories. She has 20 years of experience in sustainable tourism certification processes and in promoting sustainable livelihoods for local communities. During her professional career she has accompanied important processes such as the generation of the technical standard for ecotourism, the formation of the Plurinational Federation of Community Tourism, as well as the generation of training materials in sustainable tourism, among the main ones. In recent years, it has worked hand in hand with local communities in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia to create a certification standard for community tourism under the TourCert program. It also leads the TURICOM project whose main strategy is to support local communities in the implementation of sustainability criteria and support market access through the platform www.fairtrips.com, as one of the strategies to be considered by the communities.