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People-friendly and environmentally acceptable
– by Antje Monshausen
Local communities should suffer no disadvantages because of tourism: fishing boats in Sri Lanka.
Even though most holiday packages are not yet certified, a veritable jungle of certificates – more than 100 in all – exists. It is high time to introduce a basic and registered label similar to the one the EU has introduced for organic products. Such a label should indicate that a certain product meets minimum standards of sustainability.
A booklet published by several organisations assesses the current situation.
A good source for travellers who want information concerning development-friendly tourism is the website of the “Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism”. The Roundtable is a joint initiative launched by NGOs and tour operators committed to implementing a concept of due diligence concerning human rights, based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
In Germany, the TourCert label indicates that a tour operator has an independently verified sustainability management system and is continuously improving its environmental and social performance. Currently, 68 tour operators carry this internationally recognised label. (am)
Human rights in tourism: