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
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