Human rights

“Tourism is people´s business” – this wisdom holds true since the emerge of travel and tourism. It is not only true for guests – but includes all the people all over the world, who ensure, that travellers get safely from A to B, provide good food and arrange interesting excursions.

Tourism constantly breaches their dignity and rights. Either by exploitative working conditions, eviction for hotel buildings and airports or by limiting their access to resources like water. Until today, children are sexually abused in the context of tourism. Strengthening human rights in tourism, therefore, stands in the centre of our work.

Civic Space Under Siege -The Future of Tourism as a Freedom Economy

At the world's largest tourism trade fair ITB on March 5, 2024, Antje Monshausen was invited to provide a keynote speach in the 'diversity and

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Sharing benefits and burdens of tourism in the era of climate crises

Climate protection is crucial to achieve climate justice for communities. Two initiatives from Latin America show how to promote climate justice.

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Scaling Up Decarbonisation

More than 100 climate-neutral tours. Thailand, shows how cross-sectoral collaboration and policy support can help to scale up climate action.

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SDG 16: Promote Peace

For Burmese refugees stuck in the border area between Myanmar and Thailand, peace is still a long way off. Travellers are providing support.

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Peru: Child Protection in Informal Accomodations

The restart of tourism raises concerns about the effects on children, because the tourism sector is rapidly expanding and – to some degree – in new

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Vietnam: Connecting Child Protection and Sustainability

The pandemic has increased the vulnerability of children in Vietnam. High time for the tourism industry to include the protection of children in

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Protecting Children during Project Visits

Many children are involved in tourist attractions and suffer the consequences. Three examples show how the protection of children can also succeed in

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Travel Trend Workation

More and more people are combining work with vacation – and go on "workation." But digital nomads are a relevant group among traveling sex offenders.

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Mensch zählt Geld

Advancing Child Protection in Tourism

Covid-19 derailed momentum in the protection of children from sexual exploitation, but the restart in tourism also offers opportunities.

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Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism e.V.

Online seminar: Child protection during tourism project visits

Wie gelingt es Reiseveranstaltern, Projektbesuche zu organisieren ohne dabei Kinderrechte zu missachten. Praktische Hinweise liefert das Webinar.

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Teilnehmer:innen Fachtagung

Conference-Documentation: Child Rights and Tourism

Representatives from public and private sector as well as NGOs met in Berlin on June, 13 to discuss strategies to strengthen child protection in

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India: On The Way Up

Trekking guides in India are usually male. But that can change, as this year’s TODO Award winner Himalayan Ecotourism shows.

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Starke Frauen - Starker Tourismus

Latin America: Female Entrepreneurship in Tourism

Three women from Brazil and El Salvador report on the ups and downs of their entrepreneurship.

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Paneldiskussion Informeller Sektor ITB 2022

Panel Discussion at ITB Convention 2022

Companies should not benefit from the vulnerability of people in the informal economy but act with due diligence to fulfil their responsibilities to

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Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism e.V.

Diversity and Inclusion in Tourism 

Non-discrimination and diversity are important human rights issues for companies. Here's how tour operators can implement them.

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Online seminar: United for vaccine justice worldwide!

Two international online seminar on vaccine equity were held and highlighted the need for more engagement from the tourism industry and also giving

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Stealth Game – “Community” conservancies devastate land & lives in Northern Kenya

A report by the Oakland Institute documents the displacement of local indigenous people in private protected areas in Kenya and presents evidence of

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World Tourism Day 2021

Since 50 years, the international community celebrates World Tourism Day annually on September 27. We have compiled some statements and demands from

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No Long-Term Plan for Lakshadweep

A planned tourism project in the Indian Union Territory of Lakshadweep meets with resistance from both local people and the scientific community.

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Child protection in tourism

Sexual exploitation of children is a current and important issue. ECPAT Germany re-launched its online training for tourism professionals in English,

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Videos of ITB 2021now online

The international tourism fair ITB NOW took place in March 2021. Here you can find videos of the events that we helped to create.

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Seminar: Precarious futures for gender equality in the post-COVID tourism world

In an online seminar, the International Transforming Tourism Initiative took a look at the consequences of COVID-19 on working conditions for women.

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Vaccination priorities for tourism?

The way out of the corona tourism crisis leads through the expansion of vaccine production and global solidarity in distribution.

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COVID-19 Impacts on the Thai Tourism Supply Chain

The new report from the Asian Travel Association (PATA) and Focusright highlights the impact of COVID-19 on Thailand's tourism supply chain.

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Addressing Land Rights and Corporate Accountability in the ‘Re-start’ of Tourism

Documentation of the online seminar at the Asia - Europe People's Forum (AEPF13), 18.5.2021

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COVID-19 and its impact on tourism in The Gambia

In an interview with Naturefriends International, Adamah Bah explains the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Gambian people and outlines

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Tourism Declares

Interview with Kasia Morgan

The initiative Tourism Declares calls on the tourism industry to declare a climate emergency. Kasia Morgan explains, why climate protection is so

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Tourism Watch at ITB Berlin NOW 2021

This year's ITB Berlin, took place virtually from the 9 – 12 of March 2021. Tourism Watch participated with a virtual booth and own events.

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"Stop building back Tourism" – Interview with Albert Salman

In an interview with Jon Florin, Albert Salem, Dutch pioneer of tourism critiques and ambassador for tourism that serves the people in the

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Video documentation on precariousness of work

With contributions from Brazil, the Gambia, Spain and the Philippines, the online seminar of the Transforming Tourism Initiative discussed the effects

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Investors are concerned about the situation of migrant workers

Investors are taking an even closer look on what impact their investments have. Now a group of investors is concerned about reports of serious labor

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Policy Paper: Migrant Workers in the Tourism Industry

Das Center for Global Development hat einen zusammenfassenden Artikel über die Auswirkungen der Covid-19 Pandemie auf Arbeitsmigrant*innen in der

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Kreuzfahrtschiff auf See

Filipino Seafarers claim working rights

Seafarers worldwide are stuck on their ships due to COVID-19 – among them many Filipinos. They are facing inadequate hygiene measures, financial

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Demo - We the people

Women first

Women are predominant in tourism employment. But COVID-19 has revealed structural inequalities that are hitting female employees in the travel

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Improving Working Conditions Through Rating Platforms

The Fairwork Foundation rates and ranks the fairness of digital labour platforms. The goal of the project is to define standards for decent working

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Towards Gender Equality in Indonesian Tourism

Tourism is a promising sector of employment for women. However, digitalization and online booking platforms bring about new gender-specific

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Schild auf Demo: Queer Liberation, not Rainbow Capitalism

Bon Voyage vs. Boycott

How can LGBTQI* tourism contribute to the rights of homo- and transsexuals in travel destinations? Reflections from Cambodia, Colombia and Saudi

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Encouraging Change

Homosexuality is a punishable offense in Uganda. A tour operator describes his efforts to fight homophobia and discrimination of LGBTQI* persons in

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Precious Human Rights

Rika Jean-Francois is in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility at the ITB Berlin and on the Board of Directors of the International Gay & Lesbian

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Equality, Decent Work and Economic Justice for All

Unionist Cleve Jones explains in the interview, what kinds of discrimination LGBTQI* workers in the food and hospitality sector face every day and how

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Bangkok - lebhaft und bunt. Doch nicht offen für jeden?

LGBTQI* Refugees in Thailand

Thailand is marketed as one of the world's most LGBTQI*-friendly destinations. But transsexual refugees face a different reality: a harsh and

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Kinder am Computer

Online – Offline

The Internet opens new avenues for travelling sex offenders. ‘Cyber-grooming‘ on social media enables offenders to develop contacts with children and

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Schild: Residents only

Tourism, Land Grabs and Displacement

In the interview, Prof. Andreas Neef shares the results of his new study. He analyzed 25 cases of tourism-related land grabbing and displacement in

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The Dark Side of Life

For a long time, tourism in the Maldives was seen as a force for economic development. But today, only a c chosen few profit from the excessive

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Ati Stamm auf Boracay

Paradise lost, regained: sold!

In the Philippines, the indigenous Ati of Boracay Island struggle to defend their land rights against unfettered tourism development.

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Regaining Control Over Land Through Tourism?

Tourism could contribute to preserving the Sans' cultural identity and thus to strengthening their land rights in southern Africa.

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City of Peoples, City of Nations

In alternative exposure tours, Ir Amim shows how tourism attractions in East Jerusalem, such as the City of David, become politicized.

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Dossier Human Rights

Strengthening the Informal Economy in the Fight against Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism

In early June 2018, the International Summit on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism held in Bogota, Colombia offered an occasion to take stock of

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Dossier Human Rights

Using the growth of the cruise industry to get better working conditions aboard underway

Fabrizio Barcellona von der Internationalen Vereinigung der Transportarbeiter erläutert im Interview, inwieweit sich die Arbeitsbedingungen an Board

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