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Equality & Responsibility Forum

Convention Awards

March 7, 2019

11:00 - 17:30

Palais am Funkturm, ITB Convention Awards


Human Rights as a tourism success driver: How does LGBT+ Tourism help developing the overall success of a tourism destination?

To respect human rights is a global obligation which is not always fully met. Tourism can be a door opener and a force for good. Which steps are necessary and useful?


Followed by ITB Award Ceremony: LGBT+ TRAVEL & TOURISM PIONEER

Laudation: Rika Jean-Francois, CSR Commissioner, ITB Berlin

Rika Jean-Francois, CSR Commissoner, ITB Berlin

Moderated by:
Thomas Bömkes, Consultant ITB Berlin, Managing Director, Diversity Tourism GmbH

Opening Speech:
Derek Hanekom, Hon. Minister of Tourism, South Africa

Panel guests:
Dr. Stephan Gellrich, Lead, LGBT+ network “PRIDE at Accenture” in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia
LoAnn Halden, Vice President Communications, IGLTA
Michael Kajubi, Managing Director, McBern Tours and Travel, Uganda, East Africa
Helmut Metzner, Federal Board, LSVD (Lesbian- and Gay Association Germany)
Theresa Quiachen, Researcher, Löning - Human Rights & Responsible Business

Special guests:
Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, German Ambassador in Malaysia
2 LGBT+ asylum seekers from Malaysia in Germany,

Women’s rights are an essential part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The seminar will discuss the various barriers women have to face working in tourism, all over the world and how to overcome these barriers.


followed by IIPT  "Celebrating Her Awards“

Moderated by:
Prof. Dr. Claudia C. Brözel, Faculty of Sustainable Business Administration, University of Sustainable Development Eberswalde
Rika Jean-Francois, CSR Commissoner, ITB Berlin

Opening Speech:
Eliza Jean Reid, First Lady of Iceland, United Nations Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals

Panel guests:
Myriam Barros, President, Association of the chambermaids “Las Kellys”, Lanzarote
Zina Bencheikh, Regional General Manager Europe, Middle East and North Africa, PEAK Destination Management Company
Meg Cale, Influencer,
Michelle Kristy, Associate Programme Officer, SheTrades Initiative, International Trade Centre (United Nations/World Trade Organization), Geneva, Switzerland

Marina Diotallevi, Head - Ethics, Culture and Social Responsibility
Lucy Ferguson, Lead Expert, Global Report on Women in Tourism, Second Edition
Isabell Prior, Marketing Coordinator, Malta Tourism Authority, Frankfurt

Followed by 30 min Reception and Networking

Rika Jean-Francois, CSR Commissoner, ITB Berlin

Ajay Prakash, International Institute for Peace through Tourism

Moderated by:
Anita Mendiratta, Founder & President CACHET Consulting; Special Advisor to Secretary General, UNWTO

Special guests:
Eliza Jean Reid, First Lady of Iceland, United Nations Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals
Taleb Rifai, former Secretary General UNWTO (tbc)
Marie-Christine Stephenson, Minister of Tourism and Creative Industries (MTIC), Haiti

16:30 - 18:00

Since 1995, the TO DO Award honours tourism related projects and measures which respect the interests of the local population during planning and implementation.

For the third time, the Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung awards the TO DO Award Human Rights in Tourism in cooperation with the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism and Studiosus Reisen München. The German Commission for UNESCO has taken over the patronage for the award ceremony.

Keynote TO DO Award:
Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Festrede TO DO Award Human Rights in Tourism: 
Dr. Lutz Möller, Stellvertretender Generalsekretär und Leiter Fachbereich Nachhaltige Entwicklung, Wissenschaft bei der Deutschen UNESCO-Kommission

Moderation: Nadine Kreutzer

Winners TO DO Award 2019:
- "Open Eyes" in India, represented byAnna Alaman
- “Awamaki“ in Peru, represented by Melissa Tola Chepote

Award winner TO DO Award Human Rights in Tourism 2019:
- "Las Kellys" from Spain, represented by Myriam Barros

Followed by a reception with buffet.

Keynote Speaker:
Norbert Barthle, M.P., Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Lutz Dr. Möller, Deputy Secretary General and Head of Sustainable Development, Science, German UNESCO Commision