Tourism Concern, is a charity registered in the UK (charity number 1064020). Tourism Concern has two main aims:
- We expose tourism’s worst human rights abuses and campaign against them.
- We promote tourism that benefits local people in tourist destinations.
Tourism which is ethical, fair and a positive experience for both travellers and the people and places they visit
To ensure tourism always benefits local people by challenging bad practice and promoting better tourism
- We are a non-industry based organisation and strongly believe that our independence is vital to our role.
- We believe in listening to the opinions and perspectives of our partners in destination communities. Many campaigns have been sparked off by communities asking us for help.
- Shared values and vision
- We believe in working with organisations that share our values and vision and we strive to work collaboratively towards common goals.
- We believe that all people have the right to participate in all decision-making that affects them.
- Ethical practices
- We believe in, and strive to adopt, low impact “green” policies and practices, purchasing and promoting fair trade products.
Our approach to tourism development
- Local communities must have the right to participate in the decision making about tourism development where they live.
- Tourism industry operators and governments must be accountable to the people whose land and cultures are being utilised for the benefit of tourists and tourism businesses.
- Strategies must empower people to have a say in the development of their communities and country.
- Attention must be given to marginalised and vulnerable groups such as women, children, minorities, illegal workers and indigenous people working or affected by the tourism industry.