UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2018 – Session Report
Co-organized by ECPAT International and the International Tourism Partnership, the session on ‘human rights due diligence in practice in the tourism sector’, was the first time the sector has gathered to discuss solutions to these shared challenges before a United Nations audience.
The travel and tourism industry has rapidly expanded in recent years, with international tourist arrivals increasing from 528 million in 2005 to 1,323 million in 2017. Many developed countries that were once considered “remote” have now opened up to international visitors. However, this expansion has brought challenges to human rights, with the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children increasing. No country is immune to these ever-growing risks. The travel and tourism industry is in a unique position to identify the most vulnerable – and to prevent these breaches of human rights.