Debates

To celebrate 25 years of frontline-work in the sustainable development of tourism, the Retour Foundation wants to make an assessment of what has and has not been achieved until now. Always having been a positive but critical partner in the tourism debate we want to honor this tradition by focussing on issues that have been ignored, stayed unanswered, or have led to a deadlock in the debate.

Tourism and Rio+20

The coordinators of the NGO Major Group that facilitates NGO input in the Rio +20 proces, asked us to facilitate the NGO input on tourism. We would like to use this platform to make an inventory of opinions, contributions and concerns of NGOs on this issue. And we would like to know if and how you are participating in the Rio +20 process, and whether you are aware of position papers or other inputs being created. If you have documents to share please feel free to do so.
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CSR in the Tourism Industry

Corporate Social Resposibility is key to creating sustainability in a world in which liberalisation and privatisation diminish the roles and responsibilities of governments. What is the state of affairs of CSR in tourism? Is it as advanced as in other economic sectors? Is it changing tourism? And how does it affect the livelihoods of communities and small entreprise in the informal sector? What is the role of voluntary Codes of Conduct in tourism?
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Air Traffic and Tourism

Can a tourism system that is based on (cheap) air traffic rightfully claim that it is safeguarding resources for use by future generations?

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Alternatives vs Mass Tourism

There has always been travellers who distinguished themselves from the other tourists. Depending on their challenge, they these travellers would be labelled alternative, eco- or responsible tourists etc. Are they an alternative for mass-tourism and/or are they "better"than masstourism?

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Tourism certification and Fair Trade

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Tourism and Human Rights

Tourism always had the claim of contributing to peace and a better world. Respect for Human Rights is basic to this claim What has been achieved in 50 years of mass tourism especially with regards to human rights?
- Tourism and human rights of the visited communities
- Indigenous people's rights
- Workers rights in tourism
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Tourism Development and Persisting Problems

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Critical Concepts in Sustainable Tourism

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