Hotel sector in London is more unethical than New York

Last year Unite union highlighted London’s ‘unethical’ hotel sector with the launch of their report Unethical London. Whilst Tourism Concern has primarily concentrated on human rights abuses and exploitation in developing countries, it is a national scandal that London, in terms of hotel workers, is now one of the most ‘unethical’ tourist destinations in the […]

Poor working conditions for hotel workers in Dubai

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Demanding working conditions, withheld passports and twelve hour working days without breaks or overtime pay. This is the reality for migrants working at hotels in Dubai, according to a report released by Swedwatch today. Every year thousands of Europeans travel to Dubai and the number is increasing rapidly. The hotel sector in the gulf region […]

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 […]

Working conditions in tourism

Some eight per cent of the global workforce is employed in the tourism sector. However, endemic poverty, lack of opportunity, a heavy dependence on tourism to generate income plus weak adherence to international labour standards creates fertile ground for the exploitation of workers at the bottom of the tourism supply chain in countries all over […]

Sun, Sand, Sea and Sweatshops

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Making the world’s biggest industry fair While we relax in the sunshine around the world, life is far from paradise for the waiters, cleaners, cooks, porters, drivers, receptionists and other staff working to make our holidays enjoyable. Tourism is the world’s biggest industry, employing an estimated 220 million people worldwide. It is an industry that […]

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