444 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    444 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book uniquely focuses on human rights issues associated with tourism development and tourism businesses. Tourism is a manifestation of globalization and it intersects with human rights on so many levels. These implications are increasingly relevant in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent global economic hardship.

    Split into two main sections, the first establishes a background to human rights issues with reference to tourism, and the second provides a multi-disciplinary analysis of a range of selected human rights issues in tourism; these include displacement, security, privacy, discrimination, freedom of movement, the rights of Indigenous people, sex tourism and labour conditions. All chapters include case studies to showcase specific issues such as legal rulings or tourism policies/regulations. This book is written by a highly regarded team of authors specializing in tourism studies and human rights law.

    This significant volume on the interaction between tourism development and the safeguarding of human rights will be of interest to a variety of disciplines, in the fields of tourism, political science and tourism/human rights.

    SECTION 1 Background of human rights in tourism

    1 Introduction to human rights and civil rights in tourism and hospitality

    2 Tourism enterprises and human rights

    3 Human rights, development, and the Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Politics, human rights, and tourism

    SECTION 2 Human rights issues in tourism

    5 Human security, human rights, and tourism

    6 Right to privacy and tourism

    7 Displacement in tourism

    8 Discrimination of patrons in tourism establishments

    9 Rights to freedom of movement and tourism

    10 Human rights and labour conditions in tourism establishments

    11 Human rights, the environment, and tourism

    12 Indigenous people’s rights and tourism

    13 Sex tourism

    SECTION 3 Conclusion

    14 Human rights in tourism: concluding remarks


    A Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

    International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

    International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights


    Atsuko Hashimoto is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies at Brock University, Canada. Her research focuses on sociocultural, cross-cultural and human aspects of tourism, human rights and equity issues in tourism development, and issues in sustainable tourism development in rural areas. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and an MSc and PhD in Tourism Development and Management from the University of Surrey, UK. She has also worked for Tourism Canada (now Destination Canada) at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. She taught at the University of Luton (now University of Bedfordshire, UK) in the Department of Tourism and Leisure Studies before immigrating to Canada to take up a position at Brock University.

    Elif Härkönen, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Business Law at Linkoping University in Sweden. She has a background in international and comparative law with an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Tulane University, USA, as well as a doctorate degree in private law from Gothenburg University, Sweden. She is licensed to practice law in Sweden and the state of New York. She holds a National Committee on Accreditation Certificate of Qualification in Canadian Law. Dr. Härkönen has published articles in tourism and legal journals in subjects ranging from child sex tourism to human rights, supply chain management and corporate social responsibility/corporate criminal liability. She has been responsible for a course in Tourism and Hospitality Law at the post-graduate level and was a member of the advisory board of the MSc of Tourism and Hospitality Management Program at Gothenburg University. She contributed as a Global Study Partner to the 2016 ECPAT Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism.

    Edward Nkyi is a Director at The Salvation Army Northumberland (Cobourg and Port Hope) Community and Family Services in Ontario, Canada. Edward has research interests in tourism, human rights, human security, international development and political economy. He holds an MA in Political Science from Brock University, Canada, and an LL.M. in Human Rights and Criminology from the University of Hull, UK. In addition, he has a BA in Political Science from the University of Ghana.

    ‘This book provides the reader with an extensive and analytic overview of the complex issue of human rights in tourism. It does so through the authors’ unique combination of expert knowledge in tourism, political science and law, bringing together theoretical and empirical perspectives in a clear and rewarding way. The book should be mandatory reading for researchers and students interested in understanding the notion of sustainability in tourism and its many connections to human rights issues.’

    Kristina Nilsson Lindström, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

    ‘This is a very timely and welcome volume, written by experts in the field. Not only does the book deliver authoritative chapters on the concepts and contemporary thinking on tourism and human rights but then goes on to provide a range of cutting-edge, sometimes challenging and unsettling, examples and cases. The book fills a much-needed gap in the tourism literature and will become a classic in the field.’

    Professor Chris Cooper, Leeds Beckett University, UK

    ‘The important relationship between human rights and tourism is an under researched field in tourism studies. Most tourists and tourism scholars do not let human rights get in the way of their international travel. The book provides a welcome addition to this neglected field and will hopefully serve to promote this important area of study to academics, students and policy makers alike.’

    Professor C. Michael Hall, University of Canterbury, New Zealand