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Tourism is characterized by complex and internationally interwoven value chains. At the same time, tourism is a widely unregulated economic sector. In order to attract investors or travellers, destinations outpace each other with low environmental and social standards – at the expense of nature and people. Therefore, it is urgently necessary, that businesses within the tourism industry perform environmental and human rights risk assessments to fulfil their due diligence and transparency obligations. We strive for binding rules on corporate responsibility and are engaged in independent sustainability certification schemes.

„¡La Muralla soy yo!”

“La Muralla”, Cartagena’s colonial firewall, surrounds the old town of the Caribbean metropolis in the north of Colombia. Cartagena is a world heritage site and attracts hundred thousands of tourists every year. The Spanish used the wall in the 16th century in order to protect what was of …

Crossing Borders to Protect Children

Every year thousands of children are exploited by tourists in poor regions. Sri Lanka, too, has been a hotspot for child sex tourism for many years, due to lax law enforcement. ECPAT Sri Lanka has been working on preventing such exploitation for over 25 years. Following destination …

Filipino Seafarers

The Philippines is one of the leading sources of seafarers in the world. At any given time, there are at least 400,000 Filipinos working on board ocean-going vessels including bulk carriers, cargo, tankers, and passenger vessels which are mainly cruise ships. In 2015, the Philippine …

Climate Trek Helambu

In 2015 Nepal experienced massive earthquakes and was left with hundreds of thousands of houses destroyed. Especially Helambu, located north-east of Kathmandu, was severely affected. In this region, tourism is a main source of income for its residents. More than two years later, the …

In Dash for Cash

The Maldives government is endangering coral reefs in pursuit of urbanisation and opaque mega-deals with foreign investors. After a 2016 ocean heat wave that killed 70 to 80 percent of the country’s surface corals, widespread dredging and land reclamation threatens their recovery. Under …

Mangroves under Threat

There once was a beautiful tropical island afloat in the pale blue waters of the Caribbean called Bimini, immortalized by Ernest Hemingway in his well-known novel “Islands in the Stream.” Luxuriant coral reefs and mangroves provided safe refuge for bountiful marine life including a myriad …

In Deep Water

Tourism is one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors worldwide. It grows intensively in absolute numbers and reaches more and more places around the globe, including ecologically and culturally sensitive areas. The vast majority of global tourism takes place in coastal areas – and especially Small Island Developing States (SIDS) focus on tourism as a strategy for diversifying their economy and fostering economic development. There is an urgent need to assess the effects of tourism on coastal communities and natural resources before its further promotion.

WTM Panel on Human Rights Due Diligence

Human rights related challenges were on the agenda of this year’s World Travel Market (WTM) in London. As Rebekka Macht reports, a panel discussion focused on the need for businesses to integrate human rights concerns in their day to day operations and to cooperate with each other. On …

New Criteria for Voluntourism Projects in Southern Africa

While voluntourism has been gaining popularity, it has also come under increasing criticism. Fair Trade in Tourism has revised the criteria for tourism businesses with volunteer products, particularly those involving vulnerable people and wildlife interaction. As Manuel Bollmann reports …

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