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The Roundtable sends an open letter to UNWTO regarding the Draft Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics

The UNWTO is in the process of transforming the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention. In an open letter to the General Secretary the Roundtable welcomes UNWTO’s efforts in this regard. A UN Convention creates an international, legally binding framework for responsible development within the tourism sector, which governments and businesses have to follow. However, the Roundtable expressed the concern that the process seems rushed and intransparent as it did not leave any room for interventions by small and medium enterprises or civil society organisations and affected communities. Without a serious review of the content of the Code of Ethics and a strong commitment to the 2030 Agenda as well as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the added value of such a convention remains questionable. The Roundtable criticises that the conciliation mechanism of the convention is planned to be isolated from the convention itself. It should be included in an optional protocol, which member states have to ratify additionally. This is a serious step backwards in the process of the implementation of ethics in tourism and threatens the credibility of the convention. The Roundtable reaffirms its serious commitment to work jointly with UNWTO and offers to contribute to an open and productive review process of the draft convention at any time.

Download the letter to the UNWTO

International Conference on Human Rights in Tourism

ITB 2017 – Human Rights at Practice: Rights at Work

For the first time the Roundtable at ITB was represented with an information desk at the booth of Bread for the World / Tourism Watch and informed the trade visitors about human rights in tourism and corporate responsibility.

At this year’s Roundtable panel talk, members discussed about workers rights in the hospitality sector with Kevin Curran, the winner of the TO DO Human Rights Award.

Report on Unethical London Download

Please find an interview with Kevin Curran here (in German only):

Read also an article about the first TO DO Human Rights Award (in German only)

Increasing awareness of human rights in tourism industry

Panel on human rights as good business at tourism fair Vakantiebeurs in Utrecht 2017

For the first time, human rights were on the agenda of this year’s Sustainable tourism business day during the holiday fair on 11 January 2017 in Utrecht.


World Tourism Market (WTM) 2016 in London

Panel on Human Rights Due Diligence

The Roundtable emphasized the Importance of international multi-stakeholder initiatives. 

Read the Tourism Watch article here.

ITB 2016

How to start human rights due diligence in practise?

Der Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism diskutierte auf der ITB 2016 über menschenrechtliche Risiken und Auswirkungen in beliebten Urlaubsdestinationen.

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Die Präsentationen der Veranstaltung finden Sie hier.