Two and a Half Minutes and Four Hours for Human Rights in Tourism
“The business case for respecting human rights in tourism is obvious: motivated staff and suppliers, and respect for the local population, are the key to high-quality and sustainable tourism products.” That’s how the 2.5-minute clip of the multi-stakeholder initiative Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism begins. Industry representatives from around the world and high-profile speakers were present when the video was shown for the first time at the international online Symposium: “From Obligation to Aspiration: Supply Chain Laws and the Business Case of Putting People First” on 22 September.
The nearly four-hour digital event is now also available online. The moderator Julie Schindall (human rights advisor) spoke, among others, with an expert from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) about upcoming laws and regulations on human rights due diligence and the scope of responsibility of (tourism) companies. For those who found this too technical, the well-known speaker Doug Lansky demonstrated the business case for respecting human rights in tourism in an inspiring and entertaining input. This was followed by a panel discussion with representatives of the British travel association ABTA and the tour operators Yaana Ventures and Intrepid Travel, who are considered role models in responsible tourism and who shared their long-standing experience and practical knowledge with the audience. Finally, tourism practitioners and civil society representatives discussed various human rights issues related to tourism and provided detailed insights into their work and clear recommendations for taking action.
Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism
Jara Schreiber, Coordinator
c/o Ventura TRAVEL GmbH
Lausitzer Straße 31
Phone : +49 151 45 83 87 95
The Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism is a multi-stakeholder initiative that promotes the implementation of human rights due diligence by tourism companies. The Roundtable currently has 33 members from six countries, including tour operators, travel associations, certification bodies, industry multipliers and non-governmental organisations. It sees itself as an open dialogue platform for exchanging and transferring know-how within the industry and provides information, materials, and good practice examples to respect of human rights in tourism according to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
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