Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

Twelfth Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics

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UNWTO Secretariat Madrid
Spain
40° 25' 0.39" N, 3° 42' 13.644" W
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4 March 2013 - 5 March 2013
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The Twelfth Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, held in Madrid, Spain, on the 4th and 5th of March 2013, commended the UNWTO Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism initiative and praised the growing number of signatory businesses who pledged to uphold responsible conduct in the tourism sector.

As the body responsible for promoting and monitoring the implementation of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, the Committee applauded the significant advancements in UNWTO’s engagement with the private sector, as well as the 47 companies and associations which signed the Code between September 2011 and February 2013. These include major tourism associations from Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Mexico, among others.

With their signature, these companies have pledged to implement and promote the Code’s values, both by integrating ethical practices into their business operations, and by reporting to the World Committee on Tourism Ethics on the actions they undertake”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, in his welcome remarks to the participants.

The Chairman of the World Committee, Dawid De Villiers, called for a renewed commitment to ethical standards and values, stressing that “we live in difficult times and peoples and nations around the world are facing enormous challenges”. He explained that “the tourism sector can make a valuable contribution to peace and progress if all stakeholders commit themselves to the principles and values of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. The Code is our roadmap towards a better future”.

Advancing accessible tourism for all

Accessibility is a key area of UNWTO’s work in sustainable tourism development. Against this backdrop, the Committee also discussed the on-going updating of the 2005 UNWTO Recommendations on “Accessible Tourism for All”. The revised Recommendations will be submitted for approval to the upcoming UNWTO General Assembly next August.

Committee members also welcomed the production of a “Manual on Developing Universal Accessibility”, a result of UNWTO’s collaboration with the Spanish ONCE Foundation, the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) and the ACS Foundation, expected to be available later this year.

Other issues discussed by the Committee included consumer protection, travel facilitation, sustainable tourism following Rio+20, intangible cultural heritage and fair tourism.


Relevant links:
Press release of the Committee's 12th meeting

For more information on the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, please click here

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BIT Conference "Accessibility in tourism: an ethical value, a business opportunity"

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Milan
Italy
45° 27' 55.6344" N, 9° 11' 11.4576" E
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14 February 2013
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45° 27' 55.6344" N, 9° 11' 11.4576" E

An international conference on "Accessibility in tourism: an ethical value, a business opportunity", will be held on February 14, 2013, in connection with this year's edition of BIT Milan. The event has been organized by the Permanent Secretariat of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (hosted by the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers at the Office for Tourism Policies of the Department of Regional Affairs, Tourism and Sport), and with the full support of UNWTO.

For more information, please see the event's Programme


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BIT Milan 2013 website

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UNODC-UNWTO Side Event on Human Trafficking in the Context of Tourism

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Vienna
Austria
48° 12' 29.4264" N, 16° 22' 25.7484" E
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24 April 2012
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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and UNWTO held a joint side event on the subject of “Human Trafficking in the Context of Tourism”, in parallel with the 21st Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna, Austria, on the 24th of April 2012.

The event aimed to raise awareness of the phenomenon of human trafficking in relation to tourism, and to dispel any false sense of security that this form of exploitation bears no relation to the sector. The event conveyed the message that tourism infrastructure can be misappropriated by traffickers for exploitative purposes. While victims of trafficking are most often enslaved for sexual purposes, they may also be found in the kitchens of restaurants or bars, cleaning guesthouses, or engaged in exploitative begging and street hawking. Even the organs of trafficked victims are used today to attract travellers in need of transplants. Above all, the event emphasized that the tourism sector can and should play a vital role in preventing human trafficking. Efforts like the codes of conducts of tourism companies, and laws that allow for the prosecution in their homeland of tourists who engage in sexual conduct with children, must be strengthened and built upon, the event stressed.

UNODC Executive Director, Mr. Yury Fedotov, and UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Taleb Rifai, called for concerted global action at every level of society to prevent and combat human trafficking, especially child trafficking, in the tourism sector. “It is appalling to see tourism infrastructure being used by traffickers to victimize the vulnerable," explained the Secretary-General of  UNWTO, "yet our sector is firmly committed to reclaim this same infrastructure and use it for awareness raising in the fight against trafficking.”

Prior to the event, UNODC and UNWTO signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on initiatives directed at combating the trafficking of humans, wildlife, and cultural artegacts, in relation to the tourism sector.

 


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2nd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism

Location

Quito
Ecuador
0° 13' 0.0012" S, 78° 31' 0.0012" W
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11 September 2012 - 12 September 2012
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The 2nd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, jointly organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador, took place in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, on the 11th and 12th of September 2012. (Please click here for the Programme in English or Spanish)

H.E. Mr. Freddy Ehlers, Minister of Tourism Ecuador (right) and UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Taleb Rifai

Following in the footsteps of the 1st International Congress on Ethics and Tourism (held in Madrid, Spain, in September 2011), the event sought to promote responsible, sustainable and fair tourism development at the global level, for the benefit of all sectors of society, and within the universally accepted reference framework that is the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism of the UNWTO, endorsed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2001.

Pictured below: Ms. Cristina Suaña, Congress Panellist and
President of the Asociación de Turismo Vivencial Uros Khantati, Peru

 

Within this ethical framework for tourism, the 2nd International Congress supported and disseminated the concept of Conscious Tourism - insightfully promoted by the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador. 

 

The concept of Concious Tourism constitutes innovative thinking based on the same principles of sustainability and ethics promoting the values of peace, friendship, respect, and love for life as the essence of the practice of tourism.

Ms. Anna Pollock, Founder of the "Concious Travel" Movement and Congress participant

With over 350 participants from nearly 40 countries in attendance, representing governments and national and local authorities, international organizations and NGOs, the business sector and education and training institutions, the event discussed the opportunities and challenges  facing responsible tourism development today.

In-depth discussions particularly focused on specific issues related to environmental sustainability, the protection and respect of human rights (especially the rights of women, children and indigenous peoples), social inclusion, universal accessibility and tourism for all (focused above all on persons with disabilities or reduced mobility and the elderly) and the role played by the private sector to ensure the sustainability of tourism and corporate social responsibility.

Signature of the Private Sector Commitment to the Code of Ethics (individuals pictured from left to right): Mr. Marcio Favilla, UNWTO Executive Director; Mr. Enrique Ponce de Leon, Director-General of Hoteles Decameron Ecuador; H.E. Mr. Freddy Ehlers, Minister of Tourism of Ecuador; Ms. Liliana Vasquez, President of FIASEET; FIASEET; Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General; and Mr. Carlos Garcia Santos, President of Destino Punta del Este (Uruguay) at the 2nd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism (September 2012, Quito)

In the context of the 2nd Congress three prominent private sector stakeholders formally signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism of the UNWTO. These signatory entities were:  Destino Punta del Este (Uruguay), FIASEET (Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Ejecutivas de Empresas Turísticas) and Hoteles Decameron Ecuador.

Events celebrating Ecuador's rich cultural heritage on the occasion of the Congress


Presentations by Panellists

Opening

1st Session: Conscious Tourism for a new era

2nd Session: An ethical framework for Responsible Tourism

3rd Session: Tourism as a driver for Human Rights and Social Inclusion

4th Session: Accessible Tourism

5th Session: The Commitment of the Private Sector


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Eleventh Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics

Location

Rome
Italy
41° 54' 5.4504" N, 12° 27' 38.7864" E
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13 July 2012
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The Eleventh Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, held in Rome, Italy on the 12th and 13th of  July 2012, closed with calls to make “Safe Coastal Tourism” a priority in coastal destinations worldwide.

The eleventh meeting of the Committee, held in 2012 in Rome, Italy

The Committee heard from invited guest, Dr. Caroline Danneels, founder of the non-profit organization “Safe Coastal Tourism”, on the importance of safety precautions at beaches and marinas across the globe. Based in the Flemish Community of Belgium, the organization works to raise awareness of the crucial need for adequate safety measures and the provision of accurate information to tourists to prevent often fatal accidents at coastal sites. Committee members drew particular attention to the need for safety warnings, in the form of signs and flags, to alert visitors to dangerous conditions, and the absolute necessity of life-guards and life-buoys to aid in rescues, even during tourist “low-season”.

As the body responsible for promoting and monitoring the implementation of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, the Committee applauded the signature of the first Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics by 11 of Spain’s most prominent tourism companies at the 1st International Congress on Ethics and Tourism (15-16 September 2011, Madrid, Spain). This Commitment represents a public pledge on behalf of tourism enterprises to implement and promote the values enshrined in the Code of Ethics, both by integrating ethical practices into their business operations, and by reporting periodically to the Committee on their actions in this regard.

The body further analyzed a number of pressing ethical issues including the fight against human trafficking and child exploitation, the road to greater gender equality and accessibility in tourism, and developments for the protection of tourists/consumers and tourism enterprises. With reference to the latter, the Committee reiterated its support for UNWTO’s preparation of an international legal instrument in this area.

Committee members further backed UNWTO’s firm stand against human trafficking, especially child trafficking, in the tourism sector, applauding the Organization’s signature of a cooperation agreement with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in April 2012. In the sphere of accessible tourism, the Committee reasserted its support of the collaboration between UNWTO, the Spanish ONCE Foundation and ACS Foundation, as well as the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), in the interest of improving tourism’s accessibility, particularly for persons with disabilities.


Relevant links:
Press release of the Committee's 11th meeting

For more information on the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, please click here

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Regional Seminar for the Americas on Ethics and Tourism

Location

Quito
Ecuador
0° 13' 46.1928" S, 78° 31' 27.3972" W
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29 June 2006 - 30 June 2006
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Session I: An Ethical Framework for the Development of Tourism

Session II: Implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

  • Status of the Implementation of the Code of Ethics at international level (Spanish)
    Ms. Marina Diotallevi, Head, Ethical and Social Dimensions of Tourism, UNWTO
  • Implementation of the Code of Ethics and best practices at national level
    Presentations by the National Focal Points of NTAs
    • Dominican Republic (Spanish)
      Ms. Ebony Lafontaine, Office of the Undersecretary for International Affairs, State Secretariat for Tourism
    • Ecuador (Spanish)
      Mr. Iván López Villalba, Undersecretary for Tourism, Ministry of Tourism
    • Nicaragua (Spanish)
      Ms. Ilse Solorzano, Director of Tourist Services and Protection, Nicaraguan Tourism Institute
    • Peru (Spanish)
      Mr. Miguel Zamora, National Director of Tourism, MINCETUR

Session III: Environmental, Cultural and Socio-Economic Sustainability in Tourism - Practical Applications of Ethical Principles in Tourism

Panel 1: The Protection of Natural and Cultural Heritage - Presentation of Case Studies

Panel 2: Corporate Social Responsibility - Presentation of Case Studies

Panel 3: The Prevention of Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism - National Programmes and Campaigns

Regional cooperation

Action by the private sector

Panel 4: Fair Trade in Tourism - Presentation of Case Studies


Relevant Materials

  • Report of the Regional Seminar for the Americas on Ethics and Tourism
  • Programme of the Regional Seminar for the Americas on Ethics and Tourism

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Implementation Reports on the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

Report presented to the UNWTO General Assembly in 2015
A/21/10 Add.1 - Implementation of the Global Code of Ethics in Tourism, presented to the General Assembly of UNWTO (Twenty-first session, September 2015)
 

Resolutions on the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

UNWTO

Resolution adopted by the UNWTO General Assembly A/RES/667-9(XXI)
(Twenty-first session, Medellín, Colombia, September 2015)
Report of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
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