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Human Rights matter – also in tourism

„All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.“
Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human rights issues become increasingly important in corporate governance. For many businesses in the tourist industry, it no longer matters whether but rather how they address their human rights responsibility. The Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism supports companies in their effort to implement a strategy for human rights due diligence.


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Save the Date - Symposium and AGM 2019

The International Symposium will take place on 27 June 2019 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The AGM will take place on 28 June 2019.

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ITB 2019 - Panel Human Rights in Practice

The Roundtable held a panel discussion on Working Conditions in Tourism on 6 March 2019 at ITB.

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International Symposium Vienna 2018

On 28 June 2018 our Symposium "Human Rights in Practice: Tourism and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" took place.

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Roundtable at ITB 2018

The Roundtable had an information desk and hosted a panel on land resources and the rights of coastal fishing communities.


Open letter to UNWTO regarding Draft Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics

The Roundtable expressed concern about the transformation the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention.

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International Conference 2017 Frankfurt

On 28 June 2017 the Roundtable held an international conference in Frankfurt. A documentation and the presentations are available.

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ITB 2017 – Human Rights at Practice: Rights at Work

The Roundtable panel talk at ITB 2017 discussed workers rights in the hospitality sector with Kevin Curran, Unite the Union.

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Panel on Human Rights @ Vakantiebeurs Utrecht 2017

Roundtable representatives drew attention on various human rights related risks at the tourism fair Vakantiebeurs in Utrecht.

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World Tourism Market (WTM) 2016 in London

Panel on Human Rights Due Diligence During a panel on Human Rights due diligence the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism emphasized the importance of international multi-stakeholder initiatives. Read the Tourism Watch article here.

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ITB 2016 - Panel Human Rights due diligence

How to start human rights due diligence in practise? The Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism Roundtable discussed human rights risks and implications in popular holiday destinations at ITB 2016. Find our press release and the presentations of the event for download below. 

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Who we are

The Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism is a non-profit association under German law and an international multi-stakeholder initiative promoting human rights in tourism.
It provides incentives for enterprises, organisations and institutions that commit themselves to respect human rights in tourism according to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

What we do


processes of recognising human rights issues and responsibilities in the tourism sector and promotes human rights due diligence amongst tour operators


criteria and concepts in order to implement human rights responsibility according to the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights, communicates them to the tourism industry and recommends them as guidelines


the implementation of human rights standards into the business practises of tour operators by creating access to good practice through dialogue and networking opportunities, valuable exchange and knowledge transfer


travellers, businesses, investors, educators, students and responsible politicians to respect human rights in tourism by raising awareness in the public and the media

"As the worldwide largest platform for the tourism industry it is our responsibility to care for human rights at home and in destinations. In the Roundtable we can exchange ideas with like-minded industry members and together increase our power of impact."

R. Jean-Francois — ITB Berlin

"We support tourism for sustainable development, with human rights being a central but under researched issue. As Roundtable founding member and part of the international network we appreciate the inspiration and knowledge that supports our daily work."

C. Kühhas – Naturefriends International