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“Even if I don’t receive monetary gains, I would choose a supervisor like Charlotte every single time because we, as a team, believe in something beyond ourselves.”  – Mahendra Sherkhane (Volunteer)

Fair Tourism works enthusiastically on sustainable tourism, where nature is protected and the local people are actively involved. This is the only way we can keep the world beautiful for us & many generations to come.

Our twofold goal is the following: Firstly, we want to make consumers and other stakeholders passionate about sustainable tourism, so we can create awareness of the importance of nature protection and involvement of local communities in tourism development. For example by organizing workshops or guest lectures, exchange programs and developing educational materials. Secondly, we assist local communities in destinations with the development of small-scale tourism activities that contribute towards poverty alleviation and nature conservation. We work together with different stakeholders, like governments, tour operators, NGOs and local communities, to achieve this goal.

“Internship at Fair Tourism was a great opportunity for me to learn how CBT concepts are actually practiced in the real settings.” – Haruna Chinzei (Former Intern)

Fair Tourism started as a REISbeWIJS in 1989 to create a better awareness of ethically and environmentally friendly behavior by travelers. In the early days, they organized country days, developed educational materials (like study books & workshops or guest lectures) and set up an information center, making it the only communication organization in The Netherlands specialized in sustainable tourism. In 2004 the former board decided to stop with the foundation. Charlotte Louwman-Vogels, who was already active as a volunteer for the foundation since 2000, decided to continue with a new board. Since 2004 she is director of Fair Tourism and responsible for daily management, supported by the team and board.Furthermore, students and volunteers regularly assist with the activities run by Fair Tourism. We are happy to hear from you!

Meet our Team


Denise van de Wolfshaar

Hi there, nice to meet you! My name is Denise. I am finalizing my Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management at Saxion University of Applied Sciences. Through my studies I gained a better understanding of what sustainable tourism entails and why it is necessary to build on a sustainable relationship with tourism. Because of my interest in sustainable tourism, I am currently writing my thesis for Fair Tourism. My thesis focuses on community-based tourism opportunities in Egypt and Jordan, such beautiful destinations with so much to offer! Next to writing my thesis, I am also working on several interesting projects, articles and communication for Fair Tourism. For the future, my hope is that I will be able to contribute to the development of sustainable tourism together with Fair Tourism!

Denise van de Wolfshaar

Thesis Student
Nadja du Clou

Hi! I am Nadja, a Tourism Management student at university InHolland in Rotterdam. I absolutely love traveling and learning about new cultures. After finishing my internship abroad I decided to enroll in a minor that focuses on responsible travel and community-based tourism. This minor made me realize that even though tourism is fun, it can put definite strains on communities and the environment . That is why I decided I do not just want to work in the tourism industry, but I also want to contribute to the development of responsible travel. So I am very excited to be writing my bachelor thesis for Fair Tourism!

Nadja du Clou

Thesis Student
Miruna Ilie

Hi everyone! I am Miruna, an empathic, perseverant, and kind person from Romania. In the upcoming academic year, I will be writing my thesis, followed by the internship for Fair Tourism, which will allow me to contribute to the development of sustainable and community-based tourism. As an International Tourism Management student, I have found my passion for CBT, social responsibility, and sustainable travel. Besides, I believe that compassion and giving back to the world are crucial for making a meaningful change. Therefore, my aspirations include being able to create empowerment, financial stability, and equality for communities across the globe, together with nature and animal conservation.

Miruna Ilie

Internship / Thesis Student
Tingwen Cheng

Hello there! I am Tingwen, a Taiwanese, a solo traveler, and a master student of Tourism, Society and Environment at Wageningen University. My interest in sustainable tourism has been growing since I participated in a consulting project in a tourist tea plantation during my bachelor. I am currently working on a thesis regarding Southeast Asian immigrants in Taiwan and their cultural perception, which inspires me to learn more about Southeast Asian culture and sustainable tourism. That is why I decided to work with Fair Tourism as an intern. I am motivated to apply my analytical skills and expand my knowledge in the field of CBT, with attention to boost the awareness of CBT to the public.

Tingwen Cheng

Internship
Nicoleta Baeva

Hi! My name is Nicoleta, currently pursuing the final year of my Bachelor’s degree (majoring in Tourism Management) and I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to execute my internship and graduation thesis at Fair Tourism! In 2019 I got to spend a semester abroad in a charming Austrian town near Vienna. Apart from befriending people from all over the globe, during my exchange I discovered that I would like to dive into the field of sustainability thanks to a course I followed, focused on sustainable tourism development. I guess that the rest is history. With my work I strive to contribute to the much needed change for innovative solutions to mitigate the environmental footprint caused by irresponsible travel.

Nicoleta Baeva

Volunteer / Former Intern & Thesis Student
Lilli Lorenzen

Heyhey, I am Lilli and just finished my Bachelor's degree in Geography. As befits a true geographer, I love to discover the world, but also to improve it to some extent. That's why my Thesis already dealt with sustainable tourism and now I would like to learn more about practical approaches through a voluntary internship at Fair Tourism. My desire is that one day tourism will be developed in such a way that both nature and people can benefit from it. Besides trying to change the world into a better place, I like doing sports and catching up with friends over a coffee. For the next 4 months, I will support the foundation and thus actively raise awareness for fair tourism on several levels.

Lilli Lorenzen

Volunteer / Former Intern
Celina Sczyslo

Hey everyone! I am Celina from Germany and currently studying Tourism Management in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. I am an outside-person, in love with travelling and doing sports like running and snowboarding. Meeting new people and learning about their backgrounds, as well as exploring the beauty of nature are two aspects within those passions, I really value which is why it is important to me to do so in a sustainable way. By doing my internship at the Fair Tourism Foundation, I hope to be able to do my part and support spreading this desire and the practice of community-based tourism, inspiring others and letting them realize their influence on the destinations and people they visit.

Celina Sczyslo

Volunteer
Kim de Leeuw

Hi, I am Kim. A 23-year old with a passion for sustainable travel. During my previous travels I have realised that the tourism industry is not always organised in a sustainable way and that is when I realised that this was something I would like to work on. Therefore, I have obtained a Bachelor of Science in Tourism at Wageningen University and NHTV Breda (now BUAS). Afterwards I did a Master of Science in Sustainable Development with a specialisation in International Development. Both studies contained a research project on tourism abroad, in Vietnam and Indonesia, and that is where I got to see how tourism develops in those regions. With the gained knowledge, I hope to assist Fair Tourism to spread sustainable tourism as a volunteer.

Kim de Leeuw

Volunteer
Myrthe Koster

Hi! My name is Myrthe, I’m in my final year of my bachelor at Leiden University College majoring in Human Diversity. I don’t directly study tourism as most of the other interns here, but that’s exactly why I joined Fair Tourism! I started as part of a course that I was taking on Development Project Management, and I’ve been here for more than a year now. At Fair Tourism I can learn about the tourism industry and gain more practical experience. It’s nice how I can bring in my interdisciplinary background. The past year I’ve been working on promotion, marketing, communication, and collaboration with all kinds of other organizations that are trying to stimulate sustainable tourism as well.

Myrthe Koster

Volunteer
Marcia Schmid

Hi! My name is Marcia, and I am from Switzerland. Currently I am finalizing my bachelor’s degree in Tourism majoring in sustainable tourism and international development. My bachelor thesis is focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on CBT-Projects in northern Thailand. I got inspired for the topic of my thesis through my trip to southeast Asia during summer 2019, where I experienced CBT myself. I love to travel and to get to know new people, their culture, and personal stories. I am now very happy to become part of the Fair Tourism team. As a volunteer, I aim to make my small but important contribution to a more responsible and sustainable tourism. Thereby I am excited to get deeper insights into the world of CBT.

Marcia Schmid

Volunteer
Bibi van der linden

Hi all! My name is Bibi, I am 22 years old and I am from the Netherlands. Currently, I am a fourth-year Tourism Management student at the university Inholland in Rotterdam. I love to travel, to be surrounded by my friends, and to help other people. In the past years, I have learned a lot about the tourism industry at school. And now the time has come to write my final thesis. I am going to write my thesis for Fair Tourism starting September 2021. My bachelor thesis is focusing on SEO optimization for the website. I am excited to be a part of the Fair Tourism team and to learn more about it.

Bibi van der linden

Thesis Student
Danielle Keur

Hi there! My name is Danielle, currently studying Tourism Management in the Netherlands and I am going to write my thesis for Fair Tourism starting September 2021. I am looking forward to starting this new learning experience with Fair Tourism! I am grateful to join a business that takes sustainable tourism so seriously since sustainable travel has always been important to me. In my free time, I love to explore new places and meet new people from different cultures. Community-based tourism is therefore close to my heart. Fair Tourism is always putting its best foot forward in helping local communities. During my research, I am going to focus on marketing and branding; raising awareness about all the amazing activities that Fair tourism does with these communities.

Danielle Keur

Thesis Student
Rafaela Ribeiro

Hi everyone! My name is Rafaela and I am a Portuguese masters’ student of 'Tourism, Society and, Environment’, at Wageningen University and Research, in the Netherlands. Geography, tourism, and sustainability are three of my biggest passions. Thus, I decided to write my Masters’ thesis for Fair Tourism, having the main aim to extend my knowledge on how tourism can contribute to the communities’ sustainable development. For the next few months, I will be researching how Community Based Tourism in Cape Verde can empower women, contribute to nature conservation, and the sustainable development of Santiago’s community. I am excited to being part of the Fair Tourism team and get to learn more with them!

Rafaela Ribeiro

Thesis Student
Guusje Brand

Hi! My name is Guusje, a fourth year bachelor student, studying Tourism Management in Deventer. I am a typical tall dutchy, who is open-minded, social, driven, loves exploring, travelling and watching the sunset or going for walks. Throughout my life, I have lived in three different countries: The Netherlands, Denmark and Australia. Due to my multi-cultural upbringing, I have gained great passion towards travelling and exploring the world, and gaining knowledge and awareness about the many unique cultures on this planet. I have received the great opportunity to write my thesis for Fair Tourism, and hope to open a door towards the development and awareness creation of community-based and indigenous tourism in Australia.

Guusje Brand

Volunteer / Former Thesis Student
Veerle Bijker

Hello! My name is Veerle. I am an enthusiastic, energetic, organized person who loves to be surrounded by others. At 16 years old I started the study Leisure and Event Management, and when I was looking for a minor to do in my third year, my eyes caught the minors about tourism. I have always been very interested in other cultures, but at that time it became clear I wanted to dig deeper into Tourism Management. During my minors, I learned a lot about CBT and about heritage, and I would love to put this new knowledge into practice by creating a professional product for Fair Tourism!

Veerle Bijker

Thesis Student
Rayzel Lacroes

Hi there, I am Rayzel! Currently, I’m in the last year of my study Tourism Management at the University of applied sciences Inholland. One of my greatest passions is traveling around the world. There are still many places I want to visit. Due to my study, I’m more aware of traveling sustainably and I’m always trying to immerse it in the trip. I decided to write my thesis for Fair Tourism because I’m interested in all the different markets of the tourism branch. Besides the point, that sustainability is very important for tourism. I will also get the opportunity to learn more about CBT. To me, tourism doesn’t only mean getting to know the world around you, but also to learn about different cultures, people and with the knowledge, you gained to create a better understanding among people. I’m looking forward to my time here at Fair Tourism.

Rayzel Lacroes

Thesis Student
Shamany Sitabi

Hi there! My name is Shamany, and I am a Tourism Management student at Inholland University. I love traveling with my friends and getting to know different cultures. I have completed two minors: one in green adventure tourism and the other in business travel and incentives. In the past years I have learned a lot about the tourism industry by completing my internship and by participating in school projects. Now the time has come to write my final thesis, and I am very excited to be a part of the Fair Tourism Foundation. I am a real ‘people person’. I love to work with people, and I also like helping them. This is why I chose Fair Tourism because I want to contribute to something meaningful.

Shamany Sitabi

Thesis Student
Melanie Franssens

Hi! My name is Melanie and I am happy to say that I will write my bachelor thesis at Fair Tourism starting November 2020! I love to swim and hike in nature. Moreover, I have always been interested in different cultures, languages and sustainable tourism. When I had to choose a company for my internship, I wanted it to be a company that actively helps preserve nature and cares about local communities. That’s why I chose Fair Tourism. I will conduct research in cooperation with Fair Tourism to see how we can make more people aware and enthusiastic about community-based tourism.

Melanie Franssens

Volunteer / Former Intern & Thesis Student
Mahendra Sherkane

Ahoy, I am Mahendra ! An Internship at Fair Tourism Foundation has been an astounding learning savoir-faire starting from the basic aspects. I chose to be an Intern at Fair Tourism Foundation for the sole purpose of giving back to the planet and live as sustainably as possible. I landed in Cologne for my Master studies from a medieval city called Pune, the cultural capital of India. Originating from a rich cultural background, I felt moments of bitter cheerfulness reading about Kayan hill tribe. With my degree in International Tourism and Event Management, an internship at Fair Tourism Foundation is a great pragmatic approach. Moreover, I have a affinity towards Ecological Sustainability and Ethical Wildlife Tourism.

Mahendra Sherkane

Volunteer / Former Intern
Annisa Anjarsari

Call me Nisa, a master student of Tourism, Society and Environment at Wageningen University. I’m from Indonesia. My interest in tourism has been growing since I took a job as tour guide during my bachelor. Currently, I am currently finishing my thesis about tourism and local culture, which makes me even more interested in sustainable tourism. It is also a reason why I am an intern at Fair Tourism, where I am developing a revenue model and assisting CBT development in Huay Sua Thao.

Annisa Anjarsari

Volunteer
Sarah Walter

Hello everyone! My name is Sarah and I am in my final year of the Master programme in Tourism, Society and Environment at Wageningen University. Originally from Germany, I moved to the Netherlands five years ago to pursue my Bachelor’s in International Tourism Management and have travelled to and settled in various countries ever since. From September onwards, I will write my Master thesis together with Fair Tourism supporting their collaboration with the Kayan community in Northern Thailand. I am excited to apply all my skills and knowledge to research how the villagers can and wants to preserve their cultural heritage in the future. Would they like to apply for the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Label and what benefits or dangers do they see in this, are just some of the questions that will focus on.

Sarah Walter

Thesis Student

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