Ethical Corporation: Hotel sector behind others on human rights issues (refers to positive steps by Fairmont, Carlson, Marriott, Intercontinental)

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1 June 2006

How pro-poor is tourism? - New practices can reduce poverty

Author: Insights, id21

This issue...looks at how pro-poor tourism has developed and explores some myths and misconceptions that have arisen around this term. [Aricles include: "Can the private sector mainstream pro-poor tourism?" (refers to role of intl. tour operations, hotels, govts.); "Black Economic Empowerment The South African approach"; "Government support in Lao PDR - How effective is it?"; "Linkages and leakages Local supply and imports"; "Can all-inclusive tourism be pro-poor?"; "Community-based tourism Failing to deliver?"

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1 June 2006

The Hospitality Industry: Have Hotels Checked out on Responsible Tourism?

Author: Lisa Roner, Ethical Corporation

...although responsible and sustainable tourism is increasingly on the agendas of social and environmental activists and even some governments, it is something that by and large corporations in the industry have been slow to sign up to, particularly in North America...Human rights concerns for the industry...include child and bonded labor, workplace health and safety, commercial exploitation of children, exploitation of migrant workers, discrimination, and displacement of indigenous people...Hotel worker’s union Unite Here say injuries and increased workloads will be major issues in negotiations this spring with Hilton, Starwood and other chains. [refers to positive steps by Banyan Tree, Fairmont Hotel, Carlson, Marriott, Intercontinental Hotels]

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