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International Tourism Partnership brings hotel industry leaders and stakeholders together to discuss Labour Standards and Water Consumption.
The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) led an industry first in early November bringing together some of the world’s largest hotel companies and not-for-profit organisations and specialists for a Stakeholder Dialogue Day.
The day was divided between two issues that stakeholders viewed as particular challenges for the industry – water consumption and labour standards. The discussion will help inform the future activity of the International Tourism Partnership and identify possible new solutions as, with its members, ITP continues to lead the responsible business agenda in the hotel industry.
The event on November 6th, held at World Travel Market, was the result of over six months’ worth of stakeholder engagement including surveys sent to over 200 internal and external stakeholders to determine key issues and establish an initial materiality matrix. This led to follow up interviews with stakeholders and specialists to determine how the industry can make further progress on these issues and why. When issues were mapped in terms of stakeholder importance, Water Consumption and Labour Standards were second only to Health and Safety.
Stephen Farrant, Director of the International Tourism Partnership comments
This event was a very successful first for ITP and for the hotel industry as a whole. It demonstrated the willingness of both the industry and its stakeholders to learn from and collaborate with each other, and also underlined the importance of ITP's unique convening and facilitating abilities as we work with the industry to strive for continual improvement.
The Stakeholder Dialogue Day followed the Chatham House Rule to ensure an open and productive conversation. No presentations, no panels, no press; just open and honest facilitated discussion to identify solutions and establish how the industry can move collectively forward.
Alongside the International Tourism Partnership and the majority of its members, the following organisations were present on the day: Ethical Trading Initiative, Manchester Metropolitan University, Institute for Human Rights & Business, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, International Labor Orgaization, Kuoni, People 1st, Recruitment & Employment Confederation, Roundtable on Human Rights in Tourism/ Tourism Watch, Tourism Concern, TUI Travel, Unite (the union), CDP, Griffith University, Just a Drop, Kuoni, Overseas Development Institute, Responsible Tourism Partnership, Sealed Air, Tourism Concern, Trucost, Waterscan, WWF.