WTM Panel on Human Rights Due Diligence

Rebekka Macht

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 behalf of the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism, Matthias Leisinger highlighted various human rights related risks, which are even more pronounced in post-conflict situations. UNICEF representatives pointed out specific risks for children, resulting from lack of child care, precarious working conditions of women, and low pay. Orphanage tourism and voluntourism were scrutinised by Philip Mudge of the Irish volunteer organisation Comhlámh. As a key conclusion, the panellists formulated the need to strengthen dialogue and cooperation among all players in tourism.

In order to sensitise tour operators for the specific risks in post-conflict settings, the Roundtable has published “Guidelines for Product and Communication Managers for the Implementation of Human Rights-Related Due Diligence”. These guidelines were developed on the basis of the experiences of Roundtable members in fragile contexts and an exchange with local people.

Further information:
Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism: www.humanrights-in-tourism.net

Tourism in fragile contexts. Guidelines for Product and Communication Managers for the Implementation of Human Rights-Related Due Diligence

www.menschenrechte-im-tourismus.net/fileadmin/user_upload/menschenrechte/Dokumente/ENG_Guideline_Tourism_in_fragile_contexts_RT_20161031.pdf

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