HIV and AIDS: Guide for tourism sector

The present Guide is a compilation of a range of resources – including tools and information – that can be used by the different players in the tourism sector to help slow the spread of the AIDS virus. This Guide will also give effect to the provisions of Recommendation No. 200, recalling the specific and important role of employers’ and workers’ organizations in promoting and supporting sectoral, national and international efforts in response to HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis (TB).


The present guide on HIV and AIDS for the tourism sector is divided into three main sections:

Section I outlines the characteristics of the tourism sector as a workplace and points out the impact of the epidemic on the industry and its sub-sectors.

Section II then considers ways to address the challenges posed by HIV and AIDS based on the principles outlined in Recommendation No. 200 and the ILO Code of Practice and exemplifies such strategies through short case studies and guidance for action.

The third and final section aims to help policy makers and practitioners by directly relating the guidance given in the previous sections to some practical steps and recommendations for tourism actors and policy decision makers to assist them in developing and implementing policies and programmes on HIV and AIDS at the workplace.