Founder & CEO of Fair Tourism Foundation
Charlotte Louwman-Vogels, from the Netherlands, has a degree in International Tourism Management & Consultancy. For the past 20 years she has been the CEO of the Fair Tourism Foundation, which she founded. She also lectures in tourism.
The foundation aims to further gender equality in the tourism industry by preventing the exploitation of local communities through tourism. As indigenous women are often the culture bearers, it can leave them prone to exploitation. Its work focuses on assisting local communities with their transition towards Community Based Tourism (CBT), enabling local people to receive the benefits that tourism brings.
They are currently working with the Kayan (Long Neck women) in Thailand and the Maasai and Samburu in Kenya. With its focus on raising awareness of the issues around exploitation in tourism and how CBT and sustainable tourism can make a difference, Fair Tourism hold workshops, speaks at congresses, writes academic articles and collaborates with destination management companies, their overseas agents and additional stakeholders.
Charlotte believes in the importance of sharing the message of sustainable tourism with others and uses her work for Fair Tourism to further that cause: `Together, with all stakeholders, we can create sustainable tourism that benefits all.’