The project of reception of "Riad Tabhirte" constitutes an integrated and responsible development tool

Responsible tourism in Agdz

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  • Palmeraie du Drâa

The Riad Tabhirte project is an integrated and responsible development tool.

A local development tool

It is open on different complementary objectives: To valorize the inheritance, to create employment, to participate in the local development, to set up for the Riad a biological garden, to create a museum on the cultures and traditions of the Drâa Valley, to valorize the beekeeping in the Draa Valley and create a development association for the involvement of local people in the project.

Responsible tourism at Riad Tabhirte

Riad Tabhirte is engaged in the responsible tourism . Located in the region of Agdz is a project in the image of local development in a spirit of exchange and meetings, offering visitors through the reception and activities that we propose another vision of travel, more friendly, close to local populations and opening the possibility for the men and women of this region to benefit from the economy in projects related to tourism.

Our choices on ethical development projects are one of the answers to responsible tourism practices.

For the restoration of the Riad Tabhirte, we asked local craftsmen of the douar of Agdz and douars of the surroundings, all chosen for their skills, their traditional know-how in the construction: team of workers specialized in traditional construction earthenware, traditional carpenters, plumbers, electricians, manufacturers of earth bricks, craftsmen working reeds, craftsmen in Tadelak, gardener, local traders and deliverymen of materials.

Those around us, in the activity of reception and accommodation, live in the douar (village) and participate fully in the life of the guest house. A lady makes for us the traditional bread served at the guest house. We also benefited from the spontaneous help of the population during the implementation of this project.

    Responsible tourism

    Eco-friendly arrangements

    To be consistent with these ideas, we wanted to offer "an alternative for a different venue" and allow our guests to enjoy a stay in this region in very comfortable and simple conditions . The layout of the Riad's garden has been favored over the idea of ​​installing a swimming pool. Water is a particularly sensitive resource in southern Morocco, indispensable for man and agriculture. We could not consider its use in this context.

    The Moroccan south is a hot region and the traditional mud (clayey and straw) habitat is already a reflected adaptation to the sub-Saharan climate. The equipment in air conditioning did not seem to us essential, knowing that it is a source of energy expenses whose negative impact on the environment is of topicality.

    Responsible tourism is a necessary collective awareness, so that all types of tourism-related activities can meet the criteria of respect for all forms of life and have a lasting positive impact on the human, economic and natural environment. , heritage and cultural.

    The term responsible tourism could be the synthesis of all these forms of tourism that have emerged over the last ten years: solidarity tourism, fair trade or ecotourism.

    Traveling is not without consequence. Mass tourism, and the behaviors that this has generated, have imposed travel rules for decades. Local populations have too often been sidelined from any economic spinoffs related to tourism. These economic benefits went unnoticed in local development.

    Today, responsible tourism is taking shape, thanks to local project approaches, committed reception centers, networks of fair and equitable travel associations and the expressed need for travelers to discover a country in a different way. also engaging in local development:

    • Participate in the local economy
    • Be a development tool
    • Carrying the idea of ​​exchanges and meetings between travelers and local people
    • Allow travelers to discover local realities in the human sense.
    • Make trade more fair
    • In Morocco, several associations and organizations have long been working closely with the local population.

    The responsible traveler

    Whether you leave with the help of an organization or individually your trip may be different.

    While discovering a country a region you can participate, through your choices, in improving the living conditions of the populations visited. These choices will be in your way of travel, the spirit in which you will approach meetings, your eyes on everyday life here and elsewhere, your choice of places where you will sleep, stay.

    Some definitions of different names of tourism

    Solidarity tourism

    This form of tourism involves the travel agency or association, as well as travelers, in the development aid of the countries visited. Its objective is to respond to the needs of local populations by providing, through solidarity travel, financing for local projects or economic income for the population. A percentage is released from the amount of each trip and is returned or reinvested as needed. These funds must meet a need formulated explicitly by the populations concerned.

    Fair tourism

    It involves travel agencies or associations to practice a fair remuneration of local providers who are often actors of local tourism and sometimes an unprofessional population. But this fair remuneration must take into account local realities in economic matters and must in no way unbalance this order.


    It aims to introduce the general public to the environment, fauna and flora. Some structures practicing this form of tourism are engaged in aid programs aimed at protecting the environment and threatened species. In this case they practice ecotourism as a way to educate travelers to respect and the need to protect the environment, fauna and flora.

    Responsible tourism

    Synthesis of all its forms of tourism, it engages everyone, travel agencies or associations, travelers, service providers and local population in the need to adopt behaviors on the part of all to guarantee the exchanges in the respect for men and women, cultures and places visited.