On behalf of Tourism Watch, IT for Change analysed, how digital travel platforms and online travel agents are changing the value chain in India. The study sheds light on the effects for micro, small and medium enterprises such as owners of small hotels and homestays or tour guides in the …
More and more digital booking platforms and online tour operators claim to offer sustainable holiday trips. A second glance raises doubts: Does the green image serve marketing goals only or do they truly enshirne sustainability in their digital business models?
The Fairwork Foundation rates and ranks the fairness of digital labour platforms. The goal of the project is to define standards for decent working conditions in the platform economy and to measure the real working conditions against these standards - also in tourism.
Too often, international booking platforms with listings in Israel and Palestine neglegt their responsibility to display the names of the location of these listings correctly and in line with international law.
How are booking platforms changing the tourism value chain in India? National players such as Oyo and MakeMyTrip dominate the market. A new study by IT for Change and Tourism Watch shows the effects on small tourism entrepreneurs in Manali and Jaipur.
Tourism is a promising sector of employment for women. However, digitalization and online booking platforms bring about new gender-specific disadvantages and challenges for women in Indonesia. Platforms need to do their part to bridge the digital divide and gender gap.
Unionist Cleve Jones explains in the interview, what kinds of discrimination LGBTQI* workers in the food and hospitality sector face every day and how they fight for equal rights.
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.
Spending some time abroad and experiencing how people live in a different country is an impressive and very enriching experience. After all, travelling contributes to one’s education – and how much more so does a trip that offers insights behind the tourism scenes and makes authentic experiences possible. Commercial tour operators are also increasingly discovering the now lucrative business field travel and “help”. Development-related learning through intensive preparation and follow-up, effective child protection and cooperation at eye-level with local organisations are important criteria for effective and responsible volunteering. But as our research shows, these are far from standard in the sector.
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.