Tourism Label Guide

Bio and fair trade are en vogue not just in day-to-day shopping, but more often than not also in holiday planning. “Fair travel” is in demand– but what is it that makes travelling “fair”? Currently, tourism boasts more than 100 quality labels worldwide. The small stickers with green leaves, radiant suns or blue flags are […]

Fair Trade Tourism Principles

Tourism Concern has sought over twenty years to make fair trade in tourism a reality. This difficult work has included researching ways to improve the bargaining position of small businesses in destinations and increase their access to markets; raising awareness among consumers; and working with the Fair Trade movement to influence international trade policy. The guidelines and principles set out […]

Community based tourism

Tourism is no longer a dirty word in Mae Klang Luang, a small village in the Dol Inthanon National Park in northern Thailand and a couple of hours drive from the city of Chiang Mai. In the past, Thailand’s tourists – numbering some 13 million a year – had little interest in such places with […]

Exploitation of women

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Gender equality is a basic human right. The promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment is one of the Millennium Development Goals. Empowering women also has much wider socio-economic ramifications, by promoting more equal, inclusive societies and supporting economies, livelihoods and communities. However, gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society, including within the tourism […]

Exploitation of children

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Around the world, between 13 and 19 million people under the age of 18 work in an occupation tied to tourism, according to the ILO. This represents some 10-15% of the tourism workforce. Underpinning these high numbers is poverty. For children from families too poor to send them to school, tourism can present opportunities to […]

Cultural Impacts

As tourists, we are lucky to see and share experiences with people whose cultures, beliefs and world views differ from our own. New cultural experiences, including dress, food and festivities, are an essential ingredient of fulfilling travel for many of us. However, all too often, those very cultures that help to make our holidays so […]

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