Tourism Concern Ethical Tourism Reports

Tourism Concern produces a range of briefings and reports on a range of ethical tourism issues – from human rights in tourism to slum/poverty tourism/animals in tourism/cruise ships etc…

The reports are aimed at the interested traveller but are also useful fro students and academics.

The Tourism Reports listed below can be downloaded from the Reports page below. Members can download our latest reports 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.


A full list of available reports is included below.


Animals in Tourism. December 2017. This report introduces some of the key issues surrounding Animals in tourism. Although there is an increasing awareness of animal welfare issues, many tourists are unaware of how their daily decisions impact both animals and local residents in tourist destinations. These include human rights issues, as well as animal welfare concerns. .
Indigenous Peoples & Tourism. January 2017. This report introduces some of the key issues surrounding Indigenous peoples and tourism. It is split into sections dealing with main themes, offering examples of both good and bad practice. The themes included are: marketing, ecotourism, spirituality, land rights and control. Our aim is to promote discussion and offer guidelines for best practice in this growing industry.
Slum tourism: helping to fight poverty …or voyeuristic exploitation? (December 2016)

Slum tourism – which involves touring marginalised and impoverished areas that tourists would normally never visit – is becoming increasingly popular in many locations around the world. Proponents argue that it can enable economic and social mobility for residents, and that it can also change the perspectives of those visiting. However, many critics see it as little more than voyeuristic classicism with potentially damaging consequences, and few benefits for those who live in the slums. This report is free for Members
Cruise tourism – whats below the surface? (March 2016)
Whether cruising on small ships around the Scottish coast, on river boats on the Rhine or Nile, or in one of the gigantic cruise ships that ply the Caribbean and Mediterranean, cruise tourism is becoming ever more popular. But is this form of tourism ethical and sustainable? Does it bring real benefits to local communities in the places the boats visit? This report is free for Members
Code of Conduct for Houseboat Owners Alleppey Campaign Update (January 2016). Following on from our previous work in southern India, we have been working with local partners in Alleppey to develop a code of conduct for houseboat tourism since December 2014.Houseboat tourism is a wonderful way to experience the beauty and tranquility of the backwaters. It could and should be a model of ethical tourism, and a valuable and sustainable source of local employment and income. Unfortunately though, it is expanding in an unregulated and unsustainable way.
The Perceived Impacts of all-inclusive package holidays on host destinations (January 2015)
A survey of over 1700 holidaymakers found that the majority believe that the shift towards all-inclusive holidays is a negative development. However most people thought that tourists benefit from all-inclusive holidays, but equally that local communities were worse off. This report is free for Members
International Volunteering – Filling in the gaps (July 2014)
Volunteering can be a rewarding and sometimes life-changing experience. It can also contribute something to the people in the place where you volunteer. However, this is not necessarily the case. This briefing seeks identify the questions you need to ask in seeking a worthwhile volunteering experience. This report is free for Members
The impacts of all-inclusive hotels on working conditions and labour rights in Barbados, Kenya & Tenerife (April 2014)
2013, Tourism Concern supported by the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) undertook the research detailed in this report in order to seek to understand more fully how the all-inclusive model of tourism impacts upon the rights of hotel workers. The primary aim was to generate new evidence and understanding about how the all-inclusive holiday model impacts upon pay, working conditions and labour rights of hotel employees in the selected destinations, including comparison with those in other types of hotel. This report is free for Members
Water Equity in Tourism – A Human Right, A Global Responsibility (July 2012)
Tourism Concern reveals the stark inequities of water access and consumption between tourist resorts and local people in developing countries. Tourism Concern demands concerted action by governments and the tourism sector to protect community water rights over tourist luxury. Featuring research from Bali, The Gambia, Zanzibar, and Goa and Kerala, south India, the report finds that the unsustainable appropriation, depletion and pollution of water by poorly regulated tourism are threatening the environment, while undermining living standards, livelihoods and development opportunities of impoverished local communities. This report is free for Members
Why the tourism industry needs to take human rights approach: the business case. Jan 2012
Many in the tourism industry are increasingly embracing the sustainability agenda. This includes some of the smallest and largest tour operators, hotel groups and travel trade associations. The next challenge is for the industry to recognise that true sustainability means taking a human rights approach to tourism. This briefing makes the business case for doing so. A human rights approach means recognising and addressing the multiple human rights impacts and issues associated with tourism. It makes business sense on several levels. This includes risk management, competitive advantage, social sustainability, and business leadership and ethics. This report is free for Members
Putting Tourism to Rights (2009)

This report exposes the violations of human rights that have occurred as a direct result of tourism through an examination of key articles of the UDHR and subsequent UN declarations. It challenges the UK Government and industry to recognise that human rights are a fundamental element of any sustainable approach to development – including tourism development, and calls for action to ensure their protection. This report is free for Members
Labour standards, social responsibility and tourism (2004)
Tour operators in Europe sell a profitable and highly desirable product. In order to do so they contract with distributors, transport providers, sales agents and hotels all over the world. The demand created by consumers, using the tourism product, creates millions of jobs world-wide. However, labour rights and working conditions are invisible on the corporate social responsibility agenda. Low wages, poor conditions and negligible promotion prospects are consistent across the tourism sector in both rich and poor countries and, ironically, often worst in developed economies where human rights, democracy and good governance infrastructure is strong. This report is free for Members
Members can access all of our reports briefings for free in the Members area. However, if you are only interested in accessing a specific report you can access a digital copy (that can be downloaded) via Reports Access.


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