Roundtable at ITB 2018

The Roundtable was represented again with an information dest at the booth of Bread for the World / Tourism Watch (hall 4.1, stand 224) and informed the trade visitors about human rights in tourism and corporate responsibility. 

On Wednesday, 7th March from 12:00 to 12:45 the Roundtable hosted the panel talk "Human Rights in practice - Land and resource rights of coastal fishing communities in the era of tourism development" on PowWow-stage in hall 4.1:

  • Herman Kumara, National Convener, National Fisheries Solidarity Movement; Sri Lanka
  • Peter-Mario Kubsch, Chief Executive Officer, Studiosus Reisen; Germany
  • Camilo Alvarado, Coordinator South America, VSocial Foundation; Colombia

The panel was moderated by Antje Monshausen (Chairwoman, Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism; Head, Tourism Watch – Brot für die Welt; Germany) and issued the following questions:

The majority of global tourism takes place in coastal areas – and especially small islands focus on tourism as a strategy for diversifying their economy and fostering economic development. As tourism grows, pressure increases on resources and land. How does tourism affect fishing communities and how can tour operators empower coastal communities? 

Around 30 participants followed the discussion. 


Read also an article about the second TO DO Human Rights Award (our panelist Herman Kumara was the winner of this year's award)

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

Internationale Konferenz "Menschenrechte im Tourismus"

Am 28. Juni veranstaltete der Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism e.V. eine internationale Konferenz mit dem Thema "Menschenrechte im Tourismus" in Frankfurt am Main. An der Konferenz nahmen mehr als 40 Experten teil. Eine Dokumentation der Veranstaltung sowie die Präsentationen der Referenten und weitere Hintergrundinformationen können unter den folgenden Links heruntergeladen werden:

ITB 2017 – Human Rights at Practice: Rights at Work

Erstmals war der Roundtable auf der ITB mit einem Informationstisch am Stand von Brot für die Welt/ Tourism Watch vertreten und informierte die Fachbesucher*Innen über Menschenrechte im Tourismus und unternehmerische Verantwortung.

Thema der diesjährigen Podiumsdiskussion des Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism waren Arbeitsrechte im Hotel- und Gastgewerbe. Roundtable-Mitglieder diskutierten mit Kevin Curran von Unite Hotel Workers Branch aus London und TO DO Menschenrechtspreisgewinner über Arbeitsrechtsverletzungen und über Einschüchterungen von Mitarbeiter*Innen, die sich Gewerkschaften anschließen wollen.

Ein Interview mit Kevin Curran finden Sie hier.

Lesen Sie außerdem einen Artikel über die erste TO DO Menschenrechtspreisverleihung.

Den Bericht Unethical London können Sie hier downloaden.

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

Verantwortung für Menschenrechte als gemeinsame Aufgabe 

Der Roundtable unterstrich auf einem Panel zu Menschenrechtsfragen die zentrale Bedeutung von Multistakeholder-Initiativen, um Menschenrechte in der Tourismusbranche zu achten.

Lesen Sie den vollständigen Artikel hier

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.

Finden Sie unsere Pressemitteilung hier.

Die Präsentationen der Veranstaltung finden Sie hier.