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
|232||Franziska Rottig||Berlin||Germany||May 05, 2017|
|231||Louise McNeil||Melbourne||Australia||N/A||Apr 26, 2017|
|230||Maeve Marmion||University of Chester||Apr 25, 2017|
|229||Jeanett Soderstrom||Oslo||Norway||Apr 25, 2017|
|228||Adem Arkadas-Thibert||Ankara||Turkey||International Children's Center||Apr 25, 2017|
|227||Tracey Powell||Reading||UK||Apr 24, 2017|
|226||gillian harrison||london||United Kingdom||Tourism Concern||Apr 24, 2017|
|225||Luciana Sharra||Tirana||Albania||Law Msc Student, University of Tirana||Apr 24, 2017|
|224||Willian Perin||London||UK||Apr 23, 2017|
|223||Rachelle Booth||Apr 23, 2017|
|222||Birgitta March||Melbourne||Australia||Education||Apr 23, 2017|
|221||Thaís Rosa Pinheiro||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||Conectando Territorios||Apr 23, 2017|
|220||Grace Onions||Croydon||United Kingdom||Apr 22, 2017|
|219||Lindomar Fernandes de Lima||Prainha do Canto Verde||Brazil||COMMUNITY TOURISM COUNCIL PRAINHA DO CANTO VERDE||Apr 22, 2017|
|218||René Scharer||Prainha do Canto Verde||Brazil||TUCUM NETWORK||Apr 22, 2017|
|217||Ebenezer Oyawale||Lagos||Nigeria||Apr 22, 2017|
|216||Paul Marchant||Leeds||United Kingdom||Apr 22, 2017|
|215||Werter Moraes||Viçosa||Brasil||Apr 22, 2017|
|214||Andrew Hammerman||Chugchilan||Ecuador||Black Sheep Inn||Apr 22, 2017|
|213||Neil Casey||London||United Kingdom||Apr 22, 2017|
|212||NEVILLE LINTON||London||United Kingdom||TOURISM CONCERN||Apr 22, 2017|
|211||Matt Goodsell||Jerez||Spain||Apr 22, 2017|
|210||Ramesh Tiwari||Kathmandu||Nepal||Nepal Travel BizNews ( www.travelbiznews.com)||Apr 22, 2017|
|209||Anushka Purohit||Jaipur||India||Self||Apr 22, 2017|
|208||Eithne Barker||HAWORTH||United Kingdom||Apr 22, 2017|
|207||Steve Watson||London||Apr 22, 2017|
|206||Sophie Bannister-Martin||Pontypridd||Wales||N/a||Apr 22, 2017|
|205||Tod McClarin||Lostwithiel||United Kingdom||Apr 21, 2017|
|204||Sergio Aja||Guatemala||Guatemala||Independent||Apr 21, 2017|
|203||Victoris Ervin||Walton on Thames||UK||Apr 21, 2017|
|202||Marco Antonio Peris||Spain||Apr 21, 2017|
|201||Lydia Groenewald||Leeds||United Kingdom||Apr 21, 2017|
|200||Maryla Skałczyńska-Falczyńska||Lublin||Polska||20-425||Apr 21, 2017|
|199||Stefan Könsgen||München||Deutschland||Socialtourist GmbH||Apr 21, 2017|
|198||Edwina Townsend||London||United Kingdom||Apr 21, 2017|
|197||ian ripper||winkleigh||United Kingdom||ex19 8dj||Apr 21, 2017|
|196||Francesca Jaggs||London||United Kingdom||E11 2AS||Apr 21, 2017|
|195||Martin Mowforth||Tavistock||United Kingdom||Apr 21, 2017|
|194||Chris Benner||Hastings||United Kingdom||Apr 21, 2017|
|193||Daniel Olusegun Fadeyi||Lagos||Nigeria||Babseg Ventures||Apr 21, 2017|
|192||Sally MacEachern||Haddenham||United Kingdom||Apr 21, 2017|
|191||Sara Millard||Apr 21, 2017|
|190||Steve Watson||UK||Apr 21, 2017|
|189||Ann Noon||Brighton||United Kingdom||Apr 21, 2017|
|188||Marilou Gougeon||St-Paul-de-Joliette||Canada||Apr 21, 2017|
|187||Peter Middleton||Bristol||Uk||Apr 21, 2017|
|186||Susana Trigo Rossier||Cabanas (A Coruña)||Spain||Apr 21, 2017|
|185||Carolyn Logan||Sarasota||U.S.A.||Apr 21, 2017|
|184||Rebecca Hawkins||Chipping Norton||United Kingdom||OX7 3BZ||Apr 21, 2017|
|183||Pablo Pereira Doel||O Grove||Spain||Apr 17, 2017|