Tourism Watch No. 97 about the role of social media in travel and tourism

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Tourism Watch No. 97 about the role of social media in travel and tourism

Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook. We are online all the time - whether we are at home or on holiday. This issue shows how travelbloggers can use their influence for good. Furthermore, it provides tipps on how travelllers can contribute to break with neo-colonial clishees on social media. ECPAT sheds light on the fact that more and more travelling sex offenders are using social media to build relationships with children and win their trust online. More


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Agenda 2030 and Tourism

Sustainable tourism is mentioned a total of four times in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The explicit mention of the sector not only emphasises its global importance, but at the same time commits it to fundamentally changing the tourism model that is so widespread today.
Inseln im Pazifik
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Climate justice in tourism?

Eight percent of global emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases - i.e. almost every 12th ton – come from tourism. The lion's share of this is generated when travelling to and from the destination, especially when flying.
Mädchen am Strand
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All things legal! Human rights in tourism

Human rights violations in tourism are commonplace. Be it through exploitative working conditions in hotels, the displacement of entire villages for the construction of airports or the sexual exploitation of children by travelers. Governments and tourism companies must fully respect, protect and guarantee human rights.
spielende Schulkinder
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Voluntourism — "all Inclusive" social commitment?

Helping with an aid project or teaching English - many people want to do good on holiday. More and more providers are discovering the lucrative business of travel and "helping". But often these short-term, commercial offers do more harm than good.

Zwischen Fernweh und #FridaysForFuture

Vertreterinnen und Vertreter von Tourismuswirtschaft und GIZ diskutieren mit Bloggerin Inka Chall in Bonn, wie der Tourismus heutzutage nachhaltig gestaltet werden kann.

Online – Offline

Kinder am Computer
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The Internet opens new avenues for travelling sex offenders. ‘Cyber-grooming‘ on social media enables offenders to develop contacts with children and adolescents. They win young people's trust in order to initiate sexual abuse online and may travel to meet them in person.

Using their Influence for Good?

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Via Blogs, Instagram or Youtube travel bloggers reach thousands of people in search of inspiration and information for their travel - influencing a huge number of travellers in the choice of their holiday destinations, accommodation, or means of transport.

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of the global greenhouse gas emissions are created by tourism. That ammounts to almost every 12th tonne.



Avoiding the Trap

On their journeys to the Global South, tourists from Europe and North America risk to unknowingly reinforce stereotypes about other countries. Videos, pictures and hashtags on social media catalyze the spreading of outdated, neo-colonal clichés. This can be avoided.


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