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1st International Congress on Ethics and Tourism

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Madrid
Spain
40° 25' 0.0876" N, 3° 42' 1.242" W
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15 September 2011 - 16 September 2011
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40° 25' 0.0876" N, 3° 42' 1.242" W

The 1st International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, held in Madrid, Spain, on 15-16 September 2011 was jointly organized by the Spanish General Secretariat of Tourism and Domestic Trade and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in light of the acknowledged importance of developing more responsible and ethical tourism worldwide. Taking place a decade after the adoption of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism by the UN General Assembly, the Congress called for the intensification of efforts to place ethics at the core of tourism development.

Featuring international speakers of the highest level, the Congress on Ethics and Tourism brought together experts and high-profile public and private tourism stakeholders in panels on: the role of ethical frameworks in responsible tourism development; the promotion of equality and the fight against exploitation; poverty reduction; sustainable development; and corporate social responsibility. 

Fourteen of Spain’s most prominent tourism businesses also signed Commitments to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and ECPAT's Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism, on the second day of the Congress. In signing these Commitment, the companies pledged to uphold, promote and implement the values of responsible and sustainable tourism development championed by the Code of Ethics and to undertake concrete measures to protect children. The Spanish Signatories of the Commitment were (in alphabetical order):  Agrupación de Cadenas Hoteleras de Baleares; Amadeus IT Group.; ASHOTEL; Federación Española de Asociaciones de Agencias de Viajes; Federación Empresarial Hotelera de Mallorca - FEHM; Grupo Barceló; Grupo Iberostar; Iberia; Melia Hotels International; NH Hoteles; and Orizonia.

Tthe event was supported by the Vice-Presidency of the European Commission and the Permanent Secretariat of the World Committee on Ethics in Tourism, along with other sponsors such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Meliá Hotels International, Segittur, Iberia, Fundación Banesto and the Patronato de Turismo de Madrid.Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias were in attendance at the closing ceremony, with HRH Prince Felipe of Borbon giving the event's closing address.

A Report of the event is now available here.


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Background

The Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET) is a comprehensive set of principles whose purpose is to guide stakeholders in tourism development: central and local governments, local communities, the tourism industry and its professionals, as well as visitors, both international and domestic.

SEMINAR ON TOURISM ETHICS FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC: Responsible Tourism and Its Socio-Economic Impact on Local Communities

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Melia Nusa Dua Hotel Bali
Indonesia
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11 June 2011
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The first Seminar on Tourism Ethics for Asia and the Pacific: Responsible Tourism and Its Socio-Economic Impact on Local Communities was organized by UNWTO in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia.

10th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (Bali, Indonesia, June 2011)

Held in Bali on 11 June 2011, it had the added distinction of being the first of its kind to take place in parallel with a meeting of the World Committee of Tourism Ethics, whose members convened in Bali for its 10thsession on 12 and 13 June 2011.

The Seminar drew together a broad spectrum of tourism stakeholders from Asia and beyond – representing governments, the tourism industry, international organizations, the education sector and non-governmental organizations – to discuss pressing issues in tourism ethics and responsible tourism.

Alongside sessions on conceptual issues, policy formulation and the value of tourism ethics for improved tourism products and services, the Seminar focused on best practices concerning the socio-economic impact of sustainable tourism development on local communities.

 

Constituing one of the foremost hubs of debate on sustainable tourism in 2011, the Seminar also allowed participants unable to present their achievements during the event had an opportunity to do so at a Best Practice Exhibition, held concurrently in the room adjacent to the Seminar hall.

The Spirit of Bali Statement adopted by the over 150 participants of the Seminar summarizes the main conclusions of the debate and pledges all stakeholders to work together to achieve the proposed recommendations.

The official Report of the Seminar on Tourism Ethics for Asia and the Pacific  is now available here.

 

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26th Meeting of the Task Force for the Protection of Children in Tourism

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Berlin
Germany
11 March 2011
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The 26th meeting of the Task Force for the Protection of Children in Tourism, held on 11 March 2011, in conjunction with the annual edition of the ITB Berlin tourism fair, provided a forum for tourism’s key-players to share innovative and inspiring initiatives undertaken to protect children. With the focus of the meeting's first session on the protection of children in tourism planning and development, a second session enabled stakeholders to share actions taken in the broader sphere of child protection in tourism.

Coordinated by UNWTO, the express mission of the Task Force is to contribute to the prevention of all potential forms of child exploitation in the tourism sector, be it sexual exploitation, child labour or child trafficking, etc. Featuring multi-stakeholder participation, it draws together tourism industry groups, governments, international organisations, NGOs and specialized media outlets. The latest meeting of this open-ended network promises to be another significant opportunity for the productive exchange of information, experiences and best practices linked to child protection through tourism.

 

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Launch of the Global Report on Women in Tourism 2010 (A joint report by UNWTO and UN Women)

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ITB Berlin-International Conference Centre (ICC), Hall 7 Berlin
Germany
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11 March 2011
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The launch of the Global Report on Women in Tourism 2010 was held at Berlin’s International Conference Center (ICC) on 11 March 2011 in conjunction with the year's edition of ITB Berlin. Speakers included prominent women Ministers of Tourism, specialists in the spheres of gender, development and tourism affairs and notable business women with extensive experience in the sector. The panel discussion, “Pathways to Success - Shaping the future for women in tourism” provided a forum for these experts to discuss the current state and future prospects for women in tourism.

The Global Report on Women in Tourism 2010 constitutes the first directly visible result of the close collaboration between UNWTO and UN Women (formerly UNIFEM). As the first attempt to map women’s active participation in the tourism industry worldwide, the Global Report represents a landmark study in the field of tourism and gender. It focuses on five main areas: Employment, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Education and Community.

The two UN agencies have worked in partnership since 2008, aiming to bring gender issues to the forefront of the tourism industry, promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment and the mainstreaming of gender issues in national tourism policies.

The joint launch of the Report was conceived as as a follow up to the UNWTO Forum – Women in Tourism, held at ITB in 2008, and the previous 2007 World Tourism Day brainstorming event on the same theme. UNWTO and UN Women are committed to enhancing the positive impact of tourism development on women’s lives, particularly through their increased economic and social participation, in line with Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Nº3, “promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.”


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Fifth meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics

June 2007

Promotion and implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

Madeira, Portugal, 16 June 2007: Following the invitation of the Regional Government of Madeira, the Fifth meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics was held in Funchal, Madeira, on 15 and 16 June 2007. 

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