The group Tourism Concern is urging the travel industry to integrate a human rights approach into its business strategies, writes The Independent’s Kate Simon.
Tricia Barnett, of Tourism Concern, tells me: “No one wants to go on holiday thinking that they are part of a process that could be abusing human rights. Of course, they would never know. Human rights abuses are hidden. It could be that they’re luxuriating in a wonderful pool or playing golf, unaware that the demand for water to supply them might leave locals without access to clean water.”
The problem isn’t confined to draining local resources. As Tricia points out, the treatment of staff is also a major problem.