Ethical Travel Issues

The focus of our current campaigns is about making tourism better. Recognising that tourism can be a force for good and as a tool for international development. We will work with industry to improve their operations and provide advice and information to tourists, in order that they can make better and more informed decisions about their holidays – ensuring that holidays bring real benefits to destination communities.

The negative impacts of tourism remain largely unchecked and are increasing. As one of the largest industries in the world, tourism’s influence is staggering. However, like many international and globalised industries, tourism can undermine human rights and sadly it is often only possible to see the damage done when communities, livelihoods and environments have already been irreparably damaged. Tourism Concern provides a voice for local people in destination countries, who rarely have the opportunity to tell their story. However we need you to add your voice to our Campaigns so please take a few minutes to sign a petition or send an email.

All-Inclusive holidays

All Inclusive holidays

Tour operator First Choice, part of TUI, markets all its holidays as all-inclusive. Other tour operators are also keen on this model of tourism . But what does the resurgence of the all-inclusive model, where tourists are invited to ‘leave their wallets at home’, mean for the destinations we visit? Majorica – all-inclusive holidays blamed for loss of local […]

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Cruise ships: What the FOC?

Cruise ship tourism

Most cruise ships sail under something called a ‘Flag of Convenience’ – an ‘FOC’.  This means that companies choose to register their ships in a country other than the country of ownership. Common FOC nations include Liberia, Panama and the Bahamas. Flying an FOC means that ships are subject to less regulation, making it more […]

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Human Rights and Tourism

Indigenous Peoples & Tourism

The right to turn on a tap and see water come out, the right to access coastal land to sustain your livelihood, the right to walk around your neighbourhood, the right to privacy – these are all human rights we take for granted. But what if these rights were taken away from us – and […]

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Indigenous Peoples & Tourism

Across the world, different terms are used with reference to indigenous peoples: Aboriginals, First Nations and Native etc. These names stand for groups of people who originally populated certain parts of the world, now often marginalised by nation states. ‘Indigenous Tourism’ – often subsumed within ‘cultural tourism’ – is a term that has gained currency […]

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Orphanage Tourism

orphananage tourism

Volunteering in orphanages is bad for children! In the past decade the number of orphan children has declined worldwide, whereas the number of orphanages in many developing countries has risen in response to the demand from tourists wishing to volunteer. Orphanages have become a tourist attraction and a ‘bucket list’ volunteering opportunity. Unfortunately the resulting rise in […]

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Protecting the backwaters of Alleppey

Protecting the backwaters of Alleppey

For centuries the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala have been used by local people for cooking, drinking and washing as well as for transportation, fishing and agriculture. They are also increasingly popular with tourists, who hire thatched houseboats to explore the tranquil palm-fringed waters and picturesque villages. However, unregulated tourism expansion is threatening rural communities and […]

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Trekking Wrongs: Porters’ Rights

Trekking Wrongs, Porters Rights

As a result of a ground-breaking campaign by Tourism Concern, Trekking Wrongs: Porters’ Rights, over half of UK trekking tour operators  adopted our code of conduct for improved working conditions for mountain porters. The successes of this campaign also informed other campaigns and industry codes of conduct. But the work of supporting and protecting the porters, who […]

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