Tourism Concern campaigns for better tourism. We are an independent, non-industry based, UK charity, with members and supporters from around the world.
Our Vision, Mission and Principles
A world free from exploitation in which all parties involved in tourism benefit equally and in which relationships between industry, tourists and host communities are based on trust and respect.
How we work
Our campaigns are sparked by the needs reported to us by the communities and organisation at destination countries, or by travellers who have witnessed problems on their holiday.
Tourism Concern’s campaigning efforts and programme activities have led to major positive change over the years.
A rights-based approach to tourism development
Tourism generates positive benefits as well as negative effects. Communities who have greater control within tourism development are able to direct development according to their priorities. In a rights-based approach:
- Local communities must have the right to participate in the decision making about tourism development where they live.
- Tourism industry operators and governments must be accountable to the people whose land and cultures are being utilised for the benefit of the tourists and tourism industry operators.
- Strategies must be prioritised to empower people to be better able to have a say in the development of their communities and country and the capacity to shape tourism development for equitable benefit.
- Attention must be given to marginalised and vulnerable groups such as women, children, minorities, illegal workers and indigenous people working or affected by the tourism industry.
Understand the issues
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Urgent Appeal - Help Save our Library!
- Jun 14, 2013
Should I fly?
- Jun 6, 2013
Should I visit an orphanage?
- May 1, 2013
Should I buy animal trinkets?
- May 1, 2013
Displacement of local people: a never ending problem
- Apr 5, 2013
Should I go shark cage diving?
- Apr 4, 2013