From Volunteering to Voluntourism - Challenges for the Responsible Development of a Growing Travel Trend. DIN A4, 24 pages.

The popular publication "Sustainability in tourism. A guide through the label jungle " has been updated. You are welcome to download your own copy of the third edition below.

On 7 March 2014, ITB Berlin signed the Commitment on Human Rights in Tourism in the frame of ITB CSR Day in Berlin. This commitment was developed by the
Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism as a management standard for the travel industry and was presented together with an implementation guideline to the
international public.

(Berlin, 07.05.2013) The new paper of Bread for the World in cooperation with Carbon Market Watch focusing on aviation and equity especially looking at aviation in carbon markets has been published. You can find it here:

Tourism’s image is mainly positive. It is considered to create jobs, to bring foreign exchange, to help alleviate poverty and to contribute to world peace and a cosmopolitan consciousness.

However, while generating income, tourism often undermines the rights of people in the tourist destinations. In the name of tourism, people are discriminated, their freedom of expression is curtailed and their participation in decision-making processes is obstructed. The families of farmers and fishermen are dispossessed, indigenous communities are displaced and children sexually exploited.

The ITB 2013 in Berlin is starting next weeks and as in the past years, Tourism Watch will have a booth there, together wit TourCert and ECPAT. We are also following up with our topic human rights in tourism by organising the panel discussion „Human rights in practice" and present recent developments.

Subject of this research isthe analysis of selected social and sustainability label in the tourism sector regarding to the theme "Protecting Children from Sexual Exploitation in Tourism".

This involves the question of whether and how the aspect of "measures ofchild protection" in the underlying criteria and standards occurs and how it is incorporated into the respective certification, for example, through the signing and implementation of the existing "Tourism Child Protection Code" (http://www.ecpat.de/index.php?id=88).

Since 1st September 2012, Bread for the World, Protestant Development Service, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe and Diaconia Germany – Protestant Federal Association have merged to the "Protestant Agency for Diaconia and Development". The Tourism Watch office is placed in the department of  "Economy and Environment" within the new agency "Bread for the world – Protestant Development Service" in Berlin..

Our new direction is:

Caroline-Michaelis-Str. 1 D-10115 Berlin Germany

(Close to Nordbahnhof, S-Bahn and M20-Stop "Nordbahnhof", 6th Floor, Part D)

Bio and fair trade are en vogue not just in day-to-day shopping, but more often than not also in holiday planning.“Fair travel” is in demand– but what is it that makes travelling “fair”? Currently, tourism boasts more than 100 quality labels worldwide.

We are pleased to invite you to this year´s ITB certification celebration of tourism enterprises by TourCert. By now, 54 tour operators have been awarded with the red label for corporate responsibility and sustainability in tourism. This year is the first time that not only tour operators but also travel agencies will be certified.