Saturday, 26 November 2011

Tourism and Human Rights

This post follows from a previous post 'Travel and the Environment'...

'Tourism Concern' at the World Travel Market in London's Docklands (Nov '11):
From Kate Simon (Independent)

Tourism Concern has published a report urging the travel industry to integrate a human rights approach into its business strategies: "Business and Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities for Tourism." While many players, large and small, are trying to acknowledge their responsibilities towards the environment, far fewer have even embraced the notion of developing a sustainable approach to the rights of workers and communities where they have business interests.

The group wants to get the industry to face the challenges and practicalities of taking seriously their corporate responsibility on human rights. So, the seminar's panel included a representative from the Kuoni Group, a holiday company that is developing a human rights policy and framework for implementation based on the Guiding Principles recently published by the United Nations.

The most important point about Tourism Concern's report is that it understands that solid reasons are needed to persuade the tourism businesses to show respect for human rights. It comprehensively lays out the key human rights issues facing tourism, as well as documenting the adverse publicity attracted by companies where they have ignored these principles.


According to Simon the report ("Why the Tourism Industry Needs to Take a Human Rights Approach: The Business Case",) is vailable at

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