Tourism Concern joined over 30 participants, from civil society organisations from 19 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, in Berlin over the weekend to discuss how tourism could be improved, especially as this is the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
All participants are committed to achieve the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of a just, inclusive and equal world. Not only was the event a great opportunity to understand the challenges and issues faced by colleagues around the world, but the group also collectively drafted the Berlin Declaration on Transforming Tourism.
The declaration includes some reflections on the 2030 Agenda, current trends in tourism and a number of recommendations for international bodies, governments industry and travellers. The declaration also includes three core principles:
The declaration also includes three core principles:
3.1 Human rights and self-determination of communities must be at the core of every tourism development. This includes the right to meaningful participation and consultation including free, prior and informed consent on whether, to what extent and in what form tourism takes place.
3.2 If tourism is developed, it needs to seek a widespread and fair distribution of economic and social benefits throughout the recipient communities, including improving local prosperity, quality of life and social equity.
3.3 Tourism should be a positive and beneficial experience for travellers and hosts alike in order to act as a force for mutual understanding, empathy and respect.
The group, which includes some of the worlds leading tourism campaigners, professionals and practitioners, were concerned that the current dominant tourism model is not able to support the necessary transformation of the world envisaged by the 2030 Agenda. On the contrary, in too many cases it is exploiting people, harming communities, violating human rights and degrading the environment.
We believe that transforming our world is not possible without transforming tourism. With this declaration we want not only to encourage further reflection and debate, but demand concrete activities and actions.
The declaration was presented at ITB, the worlds leading travel trade show, on 8th March 2017.
The full text of the Berlin_Declaration can be downloaded here.
We are calling on as many individuals and organistions to sign the declaration as possible. If you would like to add your name please sign below.
We, the undersigned add our name to the Berlin Declaration on Transforming Tourism and are committed to achieve the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of a just, inclusive and equal world. We are concerned that the current dominant tourism model is not able to support the necessary transformation of our world envisaged by the 2030 Agenda. On the contrary, in too many cases it is exploiting people, harming communities, violating human rights and degrading the environment.
Transforming our world is not possible without transforming tourism. By signing this declaration we demand concrete activities and actions from the international community to Transform Tourism for the better.
BERLIN DECLARATION ON “TRANSFORMING TOURISM”Read the petition
|309||Gerry Marmion||London||United Kingdom||Individual||Mar 07, 2018|
|308||Behailu Kebede||Addis Ababa||Ethiopia||183058||Jan 30, 2018|
|307||Pili Malagarriga||Barcelona||Spain||Segundo Mundo RSCC||Jan 27, 2018|
|306||Jill Goldin||Guildford||UK||Volunteer Vacations||Dec 21, 2017|
|305||Ainhoa Aldalur||Glasgow||United Kingdom||Dec 08, 2017|
|304||Maurizio Davolio||Milan||Italy||AITR, Associazione Italiana Turismo Responsabile||Nov 30, 2017|
|303||Melissa Foley||Hout Bay||South Africa||7806||Nov 19, 2017|
|302||Dominic Oduor||Kisumu||Kenya||Nov 09, 2017|
|301||STTA Kenya||Nairobi||Kenya||Sustainable Travel &Tourism Agenda||Nov 09, 2017|
|300||Elisa Spampinato||London||United Kingdom||Nov 09, 2017|
|299||Chiara Brizzolari||Palomino||Colombia||Primaluna Beach Hostel||Nov 03, 2017|
|298||Martha Arellano||Palomino||Colombia||La Sirena Eco Hotel||Nov 02, 2017|
|297||Jara Schreiber||Oct 12, 2017|
|296||Guenter Moser||Vienna||Austria||Oct 02, 2017|
|295||Caroline Austin||Boone||United States||Sep 19, 2017|
|294||Pierre Flatt||Lausanne||Switzerland||Sep 11, 2017|
|293||Antonio Rafael Almeida||joão pessoa||Brazil||AD Consultoria||Sep 10, 2017|
|292||Anne Roesgen, Dr.||Feldafing||Deutschland||Sep 02, 2017|
|291||Juliana Metyko||Vienna||Austria||Aug 30, 2017|
|290||Alejandro Fonseca||Tlalpujahua||México||Libre||Jul 31, 2017|
|289||Patricia Gutiérrez-Otero||Puebla||Belgium||Jul 31, 2017|
|288||Graciela Cuellar||Mendoza||Argentina||Jul 31, 2017|
|287||David Landau||London||United Kingdom||N7 6AS||Jul 30, 2017|
|286||Laura Fiorentini||Vicenza||Italia||36100||Jul 29, 2017|
|285||Patricia Pari Zanetti||Barcelona||España||08922||Jul 29, 2017|
|284||anne mortiaux||Bruxelles||belgique||Jul 28, 2017|
|283||Roberto Pérez De Carlos||Pamplona||España||31001||Jul 28, 2017|
|282||ALAIN FOURNIER||Harlow||United Kingdom||CM20 3BL||Jul 26, 2017|
|281||Antonio Martínez||Bilbao||España||Particular||Jul 25, 2017|
|280||MARÍA TERESA molares||ALICANTE||España||Jul 19, 2017|
|279||Jua-Luis FERÉZ||Elche, (Alicante)||Spain||Jul 19, 2017|
|278||Christina Brown||London||United Kingdom||Jul 19, 2017|
|277||paolo debernardi||Torino||Italy||Jul 18, 2017|
|276||James Ouma||Dar es Salaam||Tanzania||00031||Jul 18, 2017|
|275||Roberto Eibenschutz||México||Mexico||UAM||Jul 18, 2017|
|274||Alfredo Ampuan||Makati||Philippines||National Union of Peoples Lawyer||Jul 15, 2017|
|273||carlos ortiz arias||guadalajara||Mexico||gestión social del habitat||Jul 14, 2017|
|272||domenico russo||italia||Jul 14, 2017|
|271||pietro angiolillo||asti||Jul 14, 2017|
|270||silvana gianoglio||italia||Jul 14, 2017|
|269||roberta cerruti||asti||italia||Jul 14, 2017|
|268||jose luis Rubio Marino||san rafael-msndoza||Argentina||mo-de-vi-fa||Jul 14, 2017|
|267||FROUIN Jean||94240||France||Ligue des droits de l'Homme||Jul 14, 2017|
|266||Valle Lopez-Tello||codoba||España||14191||Jul 14, 2017|
|265||Dr. Theodor W. Beine||Isselburg||Germany||Jul 13, 2017|
|264||Mª Mercedes Esquinas||Madrid||Spain||Jul 13, 2017|
|263||gabriel marcel ikopi moleko||kinshasa||DRC||NGO CONSTRUISONS ENSEMBLE LE MONDE||Jul 11, 2017|
|262||adriano mencarelli||roma||Italia||00132||Jul 10, 2017|
|261||Leslie Barson||London||United Kingdom||w93hh||Jul 08, 2017|
|260||Cristina Reynals||Buenos Aires||Argentina||Fe.De.Vi.||Jul 07, 2017|