Indigenous Peoples & Tourism Report Launch

On Tuesday night, we successfully launched the report on Indigenous Peoples at the House of Commons. It was heart-warming to have such a good turnout at the event.  Thank you to everyone who came – we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

The evening began with a welcome from our host, Steve Reed MP, who spoke eloquently on the need for a greater understanding of the issues and why the work of Tourism Concern was so important.

Helen Jennings, Campaigns Officer, and the report’s author then highlighted the main elements of the report and how it had been put together. She paid particular attention to key concepts in this field, such as the connection with land rights and laid out the key concerns in this growing branch of tourism. Helen drew attention the advice proffered to tourists, governments and companies. She stressed that this report was the start of a campaign to raise awareness of issues in this area.

Peter Bishop, the Programme Manager for Tourism Concern,  spoke briefly about the future development of the code of conduct. We were pleased to welcome Carl Soderbergh who gave a presentation about the work of Minority Rights Groups’ International, who had helpfully supplied case studies for this report. We then watched a short documentary called ‘Framing the other’, which offers a bleak view of what can happen in the name of Indigenous tourism.  Our event concluded in a very positive fashion with a lengthy, wide-ranging, and lively discussion.

Members can download this report for free from the Members Area. Members can also order free print copies of our reports, although we ask for a donation to cover postage.

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We hope you like the report; please read, comment and share. We welcome all feedback and advice as we move forward in developing a code of conduct for both tour companies and tourists.

Tourism Concern is funded by individual Members who want tourism be ethical, fair and a positive experience for both travellers and the people and places they visit. This report was made possible through the generous support of our Members and supporters who donated to this campaign. We are very grateful to everyone who has helped make this report possible. We believe this work is very important and hope that you do too, so please consider supporting us by becoming a Member.

If tourism is going to benefit Indigenous People there needs to be a strong Code of Conduct for Tour Operators and clear guidelines for Tourists. Tourism Concern is uniquely placed to work on this and has previously done similar work in other areas of tourism with recognised success. However, we cannot do this without your support so please consider making a donation to support our work to develop a practical Code of Conduct.

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About the author

Helen Jennings

Helen has studied at the Universities of Goldsmiths, Kent, Jyvaskyla (Finland) and The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø) where she obtained a MA in Indigenous Studies. She has travelled extensively and has lived and worked in Canada, Scandinavia, and South America. Helen is particularly interested in cultural, indigenous, and spiritual tourism, ideas behind sensible ‘regulation’ and is convinced of the value of ethical and sustainable tourism.

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