Austrian travel industry is lagging behind
Vienna, 12 June 2014 / The Swiss travel federation SRV (Schweizer Reise-Verband) pledges to its responsibility for human due diligence: it signed the commitment to join the "Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism" yesterday in Zurich.
The Austrian travel industry has not yet pledged to this important issue − Naturefriends International demands more commitment.
Do the employees of the hotels have fair working conditions? With the new holiday resort built, will fishermen still have access to the beach? What is the maximum weight carriers may carry on a trekking tour? Is there child labour involved somewhere? These are the issues SRV, umbrella association of travel agencies and tour operators in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, wants to raise awareness about amongst its 810 members.
Stronger participation of the Austrian travel industry necessary
"The pioneers in our neighbouring countries show that the travel industry faces up to its human rights responsibility. Now it is up to our tourism industry to commit itself. We would wish for the Austrian travel association (Österreichischer ReiseVerband, ÖRV) and its members to participate in future dialoge fora on the topic of human rights and we renew our invitation to the ÖRV to become a member of the Roundtable" says Andreas Zotz who works for NFI, the Austrian contact point of the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism.
Multi-stakeholder initiative to exchange know-how and responsibility
By joining the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism, SRV aims to continually improve the human rights situation in the countries where its members work. Besides seven tour operators in Germany and Switzerland, the forum anders reisen, the tourism fair ITB Berlin as well as several non-profit organisations, foundations and educational institutions, SRV has become the 18th member of the multi-stakeholder initiative.
"It is in the best interest of our clients, our partners and especially of the people in the destinations, that our business activities don't violate human rights" said Walter Kunz, manager of SRV, on the occasion of the offical signing of the Commitment in Zurich on 11 June 2014. For Kunz, it is these people that are the basis for quality of services and business success in tourism.
It is a challenge for tour operators to keep an eye on the impact of their activities on everyone affected. This is where the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism, founded in 2012, comes in. The tourism industry and civil society organisations work together closely in this initiative to support tour operators to integrate human rights due diligence in their touristic management, on the basis of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the UN.
The offer of the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism encompasses:
Commitment – committing to human rights due diligence
Management Guideline – support in the development and implementation of a human rights strategy
Online-Training – training for managers and professionals on the topic of human rights
More information and free materials (German and English):
Contact point in Austria: Naturefriends International
Tel.: +43 (0)1 892 38 77 19 | E-Mail:
Contact point in Germany: Bread for the world – Tourism Watch,
Tel.: +49 (0)30 652 11 1807 | E-Mail:
Contact point in Switzerland: akte – Working Group on Tourism and Development,
Tel.: +41 (0)61 261 47 42 | E-Mail:
The following businesses and organisations are members of the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism and have committed to the implementation and dissemination of the Commitment:
arbeitskreis tourismus & entwicklung (Basel) | a&e erlebnis:reisen (Hamburg) | Brot für die Welt – Tourism Watch (Berlin) | Deutsches Global Compact Netzwerk (Berlin) | forum anders reisen (Freiburg) | Gebeco (Kiel) | Hamburger Stiftung für Wirtschaftsethik | Hauser Exkursionen München | Internationale Tourismus-Börse ITB (Berlin) | kate – Umwelt & Entwicklung (Stuttgart) | Kuoni (Zürich) | Naturfreunde Internationale (Wien) | ONE WORLD – Reisen mit Sinnen (Dortmund) | Schweizer Reise-Verband (Zürich) | Studiosus (München) | TourCert (Stuttgart) | viventura (Berlin) | Willy Scharnow-Stiftung für Touristik (Frankfurt)
Naturefriends International is a founding member of the Roundtable.
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