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Madrid, Spain, 26-27 April 2016
The Seventeenth Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics was held at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, Spain on 26-27 April 2016. The Committee discussed the advances in the process of conversion of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention and reiterated the importance of transforming the Code into legally binding international law. Over the course of the two-day meeting, the Committee also debated how to increase the awareness of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and its core values such as accessibility for all, child protection and the obligations of tourism service providers in the field of safety and security standards.
Paris, France, 16-17 November 2015
The Sixteenth meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics was held in Paris, France on the 16 and 17 of May 2015. The main focus of the meeting was the accuracy and reliability of online consumer reviews and the ethical impact of the current market changes including the new business models and online platforms. Besides these topics, the Ethics Committee discussed the need for increased advocacy of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and its core messages with a special focus on child protection.
Rovinj, Croatia, 26-27 May 2015
The Fifteenth meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics was held in Rovinj, Croatia on 26-27 May, followed by the 100 Session of the UNWTO Executive Council. The main focus of the meeting of the Ethics Committee on this occasion was the conversion of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention. Additionally, Members reviewed the latest updates on the implementation of the principles of the Code by governments and the public sector and touched upon the priority areas of work by seconding a set of specific recommendations on accessible tourist information, and listening to a speech by Carol Bellamy, Chair of the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection and former Director of UNICEF, on the importance of Child Protection in tourism.
Rome, Italy, 17-18 November 2014
The Fourteenth meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics was held in Rome, Italy, back-to-back with the 1st UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe to which Committee members actively contributed. Besides the issue of accessibility, the Committee also debated about the ethical impliactions of the promotion of fair models of all-inclusive holidays, the impact on tourism of unfounded ratings on travel portals and the effect of the rise of sharing economy in tourism.
Madrid, Spain, 26 February 2014
UNWTO Secretary-General and WCTE Chairman welcome Committee Members.
The Thirteenth meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, was held in Madrid Spain, on the 26 of February 2014. The Members of the Committee established the Action Plan for the coming four years, giving priority to fighting children exploitation, trafficking and poaching and promoting accessible tourism.
Madrid, Spain, 4-5 March 2013
Committee praises growing private sector commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
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.
Rome, Italy, 12-13 July 2012
Importance of “Safe Coastal Tourism”
The Eleventh Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, held in Rome, Italy, closed with calls to make “Safe Coastal Tourism” a priority in coastal destinations worldwide. The body further discussed 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.
Bali, Indonesia, 13-14 June 2011
Committee meeting and Seminar on Tourism Ethics for Asia and the Pacific
Held in parallel with the first UNWTO Seminar on Tourism Ethics for Asia and the Pacific: Responsible Tourism and its Socio-Economic Impact on Local Communities, the 10th meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics took place in Bali, Indonesia. Members discussed such topics as the protection of tourists/consumers and travel organizers, the impact of recent events in the Middle East and North Africa on tourism, human rights and tourism, the voice of civil society in tourism planning and management processes, the economic empowerment of women, and the protection of children, through tourism, and tourism accessibility.
Luxor, Egypt, 15-16 April 2010
More Action Needed on Tourism Ethics
More action must be taken to foster ethical tourism through reducing unnecessary travel restrictions, showing solidarity in times of crises and understanding that ethical behaviour and good customer service go hand in hand. This is the main message to emerge from the meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics in Luxor in April 2010.
San José, Costa Rica, 18-19 June 2009
Ethical Challenges Posed by the Economic Crisis are Cause of Deep Concern
Given the present economic crisis, it is particularly important to implement the ethical principles stated in the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. This is the main message to emerge from the recent meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics in San José, Costa Rica, on the 18th and 19th of June 2009.
Rome, Italy, 14-15 November 2008
Inauguration of the Permanent Secretariat of the Committee in Rome
The World Committee on Tourism Ethics inaugurated its Permanent Secretariat on the occasion of its seventh meeting (Rome, 14-15 November 2008). The Secretariat will provide technical and expert support to the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, in particular, promoting and disseminating UNWTO’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.
Madrid, Spain, 13-14 March 2008
Highlighting the significance of responsible tourism
The Members of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics underscored the importance of promoting values that form the foundation of sound, responsible and sustainable tourism, while avoiding potential damages of “opportunistic and unguided forms of tourism”.
Funchal, Madeira, 15-16 June 2007
Promotion and implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
Following the invitation of the Regional Government of Madeira, the Fifth meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE) was held in Funchal, Madeira, on 15 and 16 June 2007.
Bangalore, India, 2-3 June 2006
Importance of Ethics Committee grows with booming Tourism
There is a growing importance of the work of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics in ensuring high quality practices within the tourism sector in the light of the impressive growth of this industry and its impact on the life of the people, stressed the UNWTO Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Taleb Rifai, in his opening remarks at the recently concluded, fourth meeting of the Committee.
Tunis, Tunisia, 16-17 May 2005
Committee monitors implementation of the Code of Ethics
The World Committee on Tourism Ethics met in Tunis on 16-17 May 2005 under the chairmanship of Mr. Diego Cordovez and examined the first four disputes received from individual applications.
Madrid, Spain, 4-5 October 2004
World Committee on Tourism Ethics approves a mechanism for conciliation of disputes
The World Committee on Tourism Ethics moved decisively on the way to empowering the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism by adopting procedures for conciliation of disputes as they may arise with regard to its application or interpretation.
Rome, Italy, 25-26 February 2004
A milestone for implementation of the Global Code of Ethics
The World Committee on Tourism Ethics held its first meeting in Rome last week by kind invitation of the Italian Government, and elected its Chairman, Mr. Diego Cordovez. The session was considered to be "a milestone for implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism".