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:
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 will be presented at ITB, the worlds leading travel trade show, tomorrow (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
|165||Nyunt Win Naing||Yangon||Myanmar||Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute||Mar 29, 2017|
|164||JOHN KNOREK||Mar 29, 2017|
|163||Harald Friedl||Bad Gleichenberg||Österreich||FH JOANNEUM, Institut for Health and Tourism Management||Mar 28, 2017|
|162||Rosanna Achille||Milan||Italy||Mar 27, 2017|
|161||Marcus Bauer||Homburg||Germany||respontour||Mar 26, 2017|
|160||Christopher Warren||kangaroo valley||Australia||Crystal Creek Meadows||Mar 26, 2017|
|159||Trish Cliff||Leeds||United Kingdom||TrishTravelFood||Mar 25, 2017|
|158||helen jennings||Tourism Concern||Mar 23, 2017|
|157||Brian Mullis||White Salmon||United States||Mar 22, 2017|
|156||Anette Oxenswärdh||visby||sweden||Uppsala University||Mar 22, 2017|
|155||dries everaerts||Mar 22, 2017|
|154||Katharina Brenn-Struckhof||Vienna||Austria||Mar 22, 2017|
|153||Marta Mills||London||United Kingdom||Transcaucasian Trail Association||Mar 20, 2017|
|152||Alison Payne||Brighton||United Kingdom||Mar 19, 2017|
|151||Hans-W. Dorr||London||United Kingdom||Mar 18, 2017|
|150||Luciana Carmo||Belo Horizonte||Brazil||Rota dos Quilombos - Vale do Jequitinhonha||Mar 16, 2017|
|149||Jonny May||London||UK||Mar 15, 2017|
|148||Räth Bernd||Sankt Augustin||Germany||Mar 15, 2017|
|147||Werter Valentim de Moraes Valentim||viçosa||Brazil||Instituto Brasil||Mar 15, 2017|
|146||Arounothay Khoungkhakoune||Luang Prabang||Laos||Tiger Trail||Mar 15, 2017|
|145||christine jacquemin||Kampot||Cambodge||exo foundation||Mar 15, 2017|
|144||Jeremy Smith||London||United Kingdom||N10 3JB||Mar 14, 2017|
|143||Yvonne Küpper||Berlin||Germany||Fairaway||Mar 14, 2017|
|142||Isabel Grimm||Curitiba||Brasil||Mar 14, 2017|
|141||Renato Lobo||Maceio||Alagoas||Costa dos corais convention bureau||Mar 14, 2017|
|140||Jo Williams||Yangon||Myanmar||Tourism Transitions||Mar 14, 2017|
|139||Theresa Storm||Calgary||Canada||freelance travel writer||Mar 13, 2017|
|138||Carolyn Hayman||London||UK||Margaret Hayman Charitable Trust||Mar 13, 2017|
|137||Vicky Smith||London||UK||Earth Changers||Mar 13, 2017|
|136||Nicholas Andreas||London||United Kingdom||Mar 13, 2017|
|135||Siobhan Adeusi||London||United Kingdom||Mar 12, 2017|
|134||Wangsa Rasdi||Bogor||Indonesia||ITWN||Mar 12, 2017|
|133||Tamara Ramos||London||UK||Mar 11, 2017|
|132||Anke Winchenbach||LONDON||United Kingdom||SE10 8QR||Mar 11, 2017|
|131||June Sugarman||Boston, United States||USA||Spector Travel of Boston, Inc.||Mar 11, 2017|
|130||Elisa Spampinato||London||Mar 11, 2017|
|129||Sheikh Ahmet Tejan Nyang||Banjul||The Gambia||iNSTITUTE OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM OF THE GAMBIA||Mar 10, 2017|
|128||Bruce CADBURY||LONDON||ENGLAND||Mar 10, 2017|
|127||Laura Heise||London||United Kingdom||SE21 8JA||Mar 10, 2017|
|126||Peter Sims||Braunton||United Kingdom||Mar 10, 2017|
|125||Deborah House||Belmonte||Portugal||Mountain Followers Lda||Mar 09, 2017|
|124||Konstantinos Foteinakis||Athens||Greece||Naturefriends Greece||Mar 09, 2017|
|123||M Cotton||Pokhara||Nepal||Tiger Mountain Nepal||Mar 09, 2017|
|122||Brandon Buckingham-Jones||Sydney||Australia||Mar 09, 2017|
|121||Mac Sornurai||Bangkok||Thailand||Silapakorn University||Mar 09, 2017|
|120||Sidney Jhgingran||Bangkok||Thailand||Assumption University||Mar 09, 2017|
|119||Duncan Nimmo||Wolverhampton||United Kingdom||WV4 5SW||Mar 08, 2017|
|118||Jenny Lindvall||UK||Mar 08, 2017|
|117||Nicholas Catahan||Ormskirk||England||Edge Hill University||Mar 08, 2017|
|116||Rebecca Jay||London||UK||Onestage Ltd||Mar 08, 2017|