Berlin Declaration on Transforming Tourism

BERLIN DECLARATION ON “TRANSFORMING TOURISM”

Berlin Declaration on Transforming TourismTourism 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

BERLIN DECLARATION ON “TRANSFORMING TOURISM”

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