As a result of an
International Workshop on Third World Tourism held in Manila in September 1980,
the Ecumenical Coalition on Third World Tourism (ECTWT) was established in 1982.
The workshop, organized by Churches, was the first occasion where an intentional
overview of tourism was taken from the perspective of the people of the Third
The Coalition is an ecumenical Third World agency that aims to promote a type and quality of tourist activity that is appropriate to the quest for a just, participatory and sustainable society. ECTWT is the only international NGO that has been working on the issue of tourism from a people's perspective for such an extended period.
The principal aims of the Ecumenical Coalition are to:
Focus on tourism and the effect it has on the lives of the people of the Third World;
Encourage awareness of the role of tourism in development;
Provide opportunities for poor people affected by tourism to express their views and their hopes;
Denounce unfair practices in tourism and encourage action to change them;
Promote a type and quality of tourist activity that is appropriate to the quest for a just, participatory and sustainable society;
Empower indigenous people and support them in their struggle against Human Rights violations related to tourism development projects;
Empower indigenous people and support them in their attempts to get a fair price for their exposure to tourism.
Since its establishment in 1982, the Ecumenical Coalition has focused on:
Stimulating the development of networks and servicing those networks with information, resources and solidarity support;
Publishing a regular quarterly newsletter, CONTOURS, as well as other occasional publications;
Organising workshops, training programmes for activists and other seminars on a variety of themes;
Commissioning major research programmes which have led to campaigns and other action, most notably, the establishment of End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography & Trafficking of Children for sexual Purposes (ECPAT).
At present ECTWT implements a project on "Tourism and Indigenous People" in six Latin American countries (Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru). One objective of this project is to empower indigenous people to negotiate a fair price for their exposure to tourism. A similar project is carried out by ECTWT in Indonesia.
Other burning issues ECTWT currently addresses are:
a) the proliferation of casinos and their connection to drug-trafficking and money-laundering;
b) the proliferation of golf-courses and their impacts on the environment and near-by residents and golfers themselves (very high consumption of water and high use of hazardous pesticides);
c) the increase of prostitution and HIV related to tourism;
d) violation of Human Rights related to tourism;
e) exploitation of indigenous people by tourism.
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Ecumenical Coalition on Third World Tourism
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CH-1212 Grand Lancy
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