Signing ceremonies of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

 

Signing ceremonies

 

The first Commitments were signed by eleven of Spain’s most prominent tourism businesses, at the first International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, in Madrid, Spain, on the 16th of September 2011, in the presence of their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias, the Minister of Tourism of Spain, the Secretary-General of UNWTO, the Secretary-General of Turespaña, the President of UNICEF Spain, and the Chairman of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics. The majority of the companies also signed ECPAT's Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. The majority of the companies also signed ECPAT's Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.

On this occasion, UNWTO Secretary-General Dr. Taleb Rifai observed: “If responsible tourism is to become a tangible reality in our world, it is essential that the private sector, like their counterparts in public institutions, embrace the principles of ethical, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism. Today, these companies have underscored their dedication to corporate social responsibility, to support the protection and empowerment of vulnerable groups, consumers and humanity’s heritage, to champion gender equality, poverty reduction, accessibility, cultural and environmental sustainability, and to facilitate access to decent employment across the globe.”

These 11 Spanish enterprises were: Agrupación de Cadenas Hoteleras de Baleares; Amadeus IT Group; ASHOTEL; Federación Española de Asociaciones de Agencias de Viajes; Federación Empresarial Hotelera de Mallorca; Grupo Barceló; Grupo Iberostar; Iberia; Melia Hotels International; NH Hotels; and Orizonia.

The representatives of the first companies to sign the Private Sector Commitment to the Code of Ethics with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias, the Minister of Tourism of Spain, the Secretary-General of UNWTO, the Secretary-General of Turespaña, the President of UNICEF Spain, and the Chairman of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, at the first International Congress on Ethics and Tourism (Madrid, Spain, 15-16 September 2011).  Photo courtesy: Nick Balhara DalalMore photos from the first signing ceremony are available on UNWTO's flickr page.

Photo credit: Eventos y Comunicación, S.L. and Tourspain


In addition to these eleven Spanish enterprises, companies and associations from a number of other countries have also signed the Private Sector Commitment. In September 2012, on the occasion of the 2nd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, held in Quito, Ecuador, three prolific businesses from South America also became signatories of the Commitment, namely Destino Punta del Este (Uruguay), FIASEET (Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Ejecutivas de Empresas Turísticas) and Hoteles Decameron Ecuador. The ceremony was held in the presence of H.E. Mr. Freddy Ehlers, Minister of Tourism of Ecuador and UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Taleb Rifai.

Signatories of the Commitment from Ecuador, Uruguay and FIASEET at the 2nd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism (September 2012, Quito), with H.E. Mr. Freddy Ehlers, Minister of Tourism of Ecuador, Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General and Mr. Marcio Favilla, UNWTO Executive Director
Photo credit: Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador


In October 2012, BTW, the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry, signed the Commitment at the body's 16th Tourism Summit, in Berlin, Germany, in the presence of Mr. Ernst Burgbacher, Germany’s Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and Federal Government Commissioner for SMEs and Tourism, UNWTO Executive Director for Competitiveness, External Relations and Partnerships, Mr. Marcio Favilla.

BTW President Mr. Klaus Laepple shakes hands with UNWTO Executive Director Mr. Marcio Favilla at the BTW signing of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, on the 8th of October 2012, in Berlin, Germany (see the Press Release)
Photo credit: BTW (Bundesverband der Deutschen Tourismuswirtschaft)


Also in October 2012, five prominent Armenian private sector companies became Signatories of the Commitment. The signing of the Commitments took place at the International Conference on "Universal Values and Cultural Diversity in the 21st Century: How can tourism make a difference?" (18-19 October 2012, Yerevan, Armenia), in the presence of H.E. Mr. Tigran Davtyan, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, and Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General. The signatory enterprises were: Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan; ARMHotels; Tufenkian Hospitality; the Union of Incoming Tour Operators of Armenia; and Zvartnots Armenia International Airports.

The five Armenian signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism with H.E. Mr. Tigran Davtyan, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, and Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General (International Conference on Universal Values and Cultural Diversity in the 21st Century: How can tourism make a difference? October 2012, Yerevan)
Photo credit: Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia


On the occasion of the 94th session of UNWTO's Executive Council, held in Campeche, Mexico on the 24th and 25th of October 2012, eleven of Mexico's major tourism companies and associations signed Commitments to the Code of Ethics, in the presence of the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico, H.E. Ms. Gloria Guevara, the Secretary-General of UNWTO, and the Members of the UNWTO Executive Council (for more information, please see the event's Press Release). These enterprises were: Aeroméxico; Asociación de Empresarios Mayoristas (ExpoMayoristas); Asociación Femenil de Ejecutivas de Empresas Turísticas (AFEET Mexico); Asociación Mexicana de Desarrolladores Turísticos (AMDETUR); Asociación Mexicana de Hoteles de Campeche, A.C.; Asociación Mexicana de Hoteles y Moteles (AMHM); Confederación de Cámaras Nacionales de Comercio, Servicios y Turismo (CONCANACO-SERVYTUR); Consejo Empresarial Turístico de Campeche; Corporativo Cedis - Grupo Palace Resorts; Hoteles Misión; and RCI – Latin America & Caribbean.

Mexican signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism with H.E. Ms. Gloria Guevara Manzo, Secretary of Tourism of Mexico, and UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Taleb Rifai, at the 94th session of the UNWTO Executive Council (24-25 October 2012, Campeche, Mexico). For further information, please see the event's Press Release)
Photo credit: México - Secretaría de Turismo (SECTUR)


Fourteen prominent German companies and Members of the DRV, the German Travel Association, at the DRV's 2012 Annual Conventio, held in Budva, Montenegro (15-17 November 2012). These enterprises were:  the DRV (Deutscher ReiseVerband), AIDA Cruises, Air Berlin, DER Touristik (former Touristik of REWE Group), FTI Group, Gebeco, Phoenix Reisen, Schauinsland Reisen, SKR Reisen, Studiosus Reisen München, Thomas Cook AG, TUI AG, TUIfly, and Windrose Finest Travel. For more information, please see the event's Press Release or read more about DRV's signature at www.drv.de/engagement/umweltschutz-und-soziale-verantwortung/unwto-ethikkodex.html (for a summary in English, click here)

Representatives of the German DRV Member signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, at the DRV's 2012 Annual Convention (17 November 2012, Budva, Montenegro) (see the Press Release or visit DRV's website)
Photo credit: DRV, Deutsche ReiseVerband e.V


ANVR, the Netherlands Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators, signed the Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics on the 9th of January 2013, in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on behalf of its 1,400 member enterprises. The signing was organised in the context of the ANVR event “Changes in Tourism”, held at the Dutch travel fair Vakantiebeurs. The Commitment was signed in the presence of HRH Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands and UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Taleb Rifai.

Mr. Frank Oostdam, Director of ANVR, and Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General at the signing ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (9 January 2013, Utrecht, The Netherlands) (see the Press Release for more information)
Photo credit: ANVR


The Commitment was signed by the French Travel Agents Association SNAV, les Professionnels du Voyage on the 2nd of February 2013, in Tenerife, Spain, on the occasion of the association's annual Congress. SNAV is the first French tourism association to have signed the Commitment to the Code of Ethics.

Mr.  Georges Colson, President of SNAV, and UNWTO Executive Director for Programmes and Coordination, Mr. Ferederic Pierret, at the ceremony for SNAV's signature of the Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics (2 February  2013, Tenerife, Spain) (see the Press Release for more information)
Photo credit: SNAV, les Professionnels du Voyage


Five of Turkey's most prominent companies and associations signed the Commitment in the context of the 55th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe (26-27 March 2013, Çesme, Turkey), in the presence of the Secretary-General of UNWTO and Mr. Özgür Özaslan, Undersecretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey and Mr. Özgür Özaslan, Undersecretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey. These enterprises were: FEST Travel, TOBB (the Union of Chambers and Commidity Exchanges of Turkey), TÜROFED (the Turkish Hoteliers Federation), TÜRSAB (the Association of Turkish Travel Agents), and TYD (the Turkish Tourism Investors Association). A Seminar on "Tourism on World Heritage Sites: Challenges and Opportunities" was also held in parallel with the Commission meeting.

The representatives of the five Turkish companies to sign the Private Sector Commitment to the Code of Ethics with the Secretary-General of UNWTO,  Mr. Taleb Rifai, at the 55th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe
Photo credit: Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey


On 24 April 2013, in the context of the 54th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa, held in Tunis, Tunisia, 1 enterprise from Cote d'Ivoire, FENITOURCI (Fédération Nationale de l'Industrie Touristique de Côte d'Ivoire) and 2 entities from Tunisia, the Fédération Tunisienne des Agences de voyages et de Tourisme (FTAV) and the Fédération Tunisienne de l’Hôtellerie (FTH) signed the Commitment. The signing was held in the presence of H.E. Mr. Ali Larayedh, Prime Minister and Head of Government of Tunisia, H.E. Mr. Jamel Gamra, Minister of Tourism of Tunisia, H.E. Mr. Roger Kacou, Tourism Minister of Côte d'Ivoire, and Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO.

The signing ceremony of the Commitment arranged during the 54th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa (24 April 2013, Tunis, Tunisia)
Photo credit: Ministry of Tourism of Tunisia


In April 2013, 4 enterprises from Bahrain - Al Safir Hotel, Dadabhai Travel, Domain Hotel and Mathias Travel - signed the Commitment at the "International Conference on Exploring New Cultural Horizons for Tourism" (29 April 2013), in the presence of H.E. Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Culture of Bahrain and Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General.

Signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Code from Bahrain, at the International Conference on Exploring New Cultural Horizons for Tourism (29 April 2013, Manama, Bahrain)
Photo credit: Ministry of Culture of Bahrain


A landmark 60 companies and associations from Costa Rica became signatories of the Commitment on the 13th of May, 2013, at an event held in the context of the 55th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Americas in San Jose, Costa Rica, in the presence of H.E. Mr. Allan Flores, Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica, and Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General. For more information, please see the event's Press Release.

Signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Code from Costa Rica (13 May 2013, San Jose, Costa Rica).
Photo credit: Costa Rica Institute of Tourism


On the 1st of June 2013, at the first signing ceremony held in Asia, 8 companies signed the Commitment at the 1st UNWTO Regional Conference on Tourism Partnerships: Future Tourism for Asia and the Pacific (29 May - 2 June 2013, Seoul, Republic of Korea). 7 Korean companies, namely Asiana Airlines, Hana Tour, Korean Air, the Korea Association of Travel Agents (KATA), the Korea MICE Association, the Korea Tourism Association (KTA), Lotte Hotel and Resorts, and 1 company from Hong Kong, China, Sanctuary Resorts, became signatories of the Commitment. 

Signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Code from the Republic of Korea (1 June 2013, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Photo credit: Korea Tourism Organization


On the 3rd of July 2013, 7 Romanian companies and associations, namely the Tourism Journalists and Writers Association in Romania (AJTR), the National Association of Travel Agencies in Romania (ANAT), the National Association of Tourist Resorts in Romania (ANSTR), the National Association of Rural, Eco and Cultural Tourism in Romania (ANTREC), the Federation of Hotel Industry in Romania (FIHR), the Federation of Romanian Tourism Employers (FPTR), and the Organization of Spa Owners in Romania (OPTBR), signed the Commitment at the International Tourism Conference: Identifying the competitive advantages of a tourist destination-opportunities and challenges for sustainable tourism development (Bucharest, Romania, 3-5 July 2013).

Signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Code from Romania (3 July 2013, Bucharest, Romania)
Photo credit: Romanian National Authority for Tourism


In August 2013, the the Chinese Chamber of Tourism, along with eight of the country´s most influential tourism corporations, signed the private sector’s commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics, in the context of the 6th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism held in Dunhuang, Gansu Province, P.R. China, an event jointly organized by UNWTO, China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and Gansu Province of China. The signatories were: the China Chamber of Tourism, the China Nationalities Museum, Culture Resources Development , Hunan SAN Intel Tourism Intelligent Technology, OL International Landscape Design (Beijing), the Sichuan Minshan Group, the Tibet Hongji Group, the Viction (Inner Mongolia) Cashmere Group, and the Yunnan Mekong River Group. For more information, see the event's Press Release.

Signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Code from China (1 August 2013, Dunhuang, P.R. China)


On the 1st of October 2013, in the context of the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Travel Facilitation, held in Bali, Indonesia, 25 Indonesian companies and associations signed the Commitment in the presence of Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO.

Signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Code from Indonesia (1 October 2013, Bali, Indonesia)


In October 2013, six prominent European associations signed the Commitment on the occasion of the 12th European Tourism Forum – Tourism, a Force for Economic Growth, Social Change and Welfare (Vilnius, Lithuania), in the presence of H.E. Mr. Evaldas Gustas, Minister of Economy of Lithuania, and Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General.

The six European signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism with H.E. Mr. Evaldas Gustas, Minister of Economy of Lithuania, and Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General (Vilnius, Lithuania, 17 October 2013)


During the 1st Summit of Presidents of Travel Agencies Associations, that took place on the 7th November in Cordoba, Spain, 12 companies and associations signed the Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. The group included organisations from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa (SUSPENDED), Canada, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Cyprus and Norway.

Signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Code in Córdoba, Spain, 7 November 2013.


In December 2013 a total of 17 Portuguese associations signed the Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism on the occasion of the 3rd UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media, that took place in Estoril, at the coast of the region of Lisbon.

 Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, at the 3rd UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media, Estoril, 2 December 2013.


Eleven prominent Dominican companies signed the Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics on the occasion of the International Seminar on Tourism Destinations Management in Cultural Heritage Sites that was held on the 17th of February 2014 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

 Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, at the International Seminar on Tourism Destinations Management in Cultural Heritage Sites, Santo Domingo, 17 February 2014.


During the Signing of the Cooperation Agreement between UNWTO and  Qatar Tourism Authority, that took place on the 24th February in Doha, Qatar, 22 companies and associations signed the Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

 Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, Doha, 24 February 2014.


Mr. Nahid Bagirov, Chairman of the Azerbaijan Tourism Association, signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics during the Official visit of the Secretary-General to Azerbaijan, on 3 April 2014.

The UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai and Mr. Nahid Bagirov at the Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, Baku, 3 April 2014.


Fourteen Philippine companies and associations signed the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism at the 26th Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and the UNWTO Commission for South Asia held in Legazpi City, Philippines on 18 May 2014.

Owners and CEOs of Philippine businesses with the UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai at the Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, Legazpi City, 18 May 2014.


On 29 May 2014 15 Bulgarian associations signed the Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism on the occasion of the Official visit of the Secretary-General to Bulgaria.

 Chairmen and Executives of Bulgarian associations with the UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai at the Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, Sofia, 29 May 2014.


21 Chilean companies and associations signed the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism during the Official visit of the Secretary General to Chile, on 20 June 2014.

Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, Santiago de Chile, 20 June 2014.


During the 57th UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas, two Colombian companies signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics, in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on 24 June 2014.

UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai and the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Ms. Sandra Howard Taylor, with Ms. Paula Cortés Calle, President of Asociación Colombiana de Agencias de Viaje (ANATO) and Mr. Gonzalo Castaño Gil, President of Asociación hotelera COTELCO, Photo Courtesy: Nick Balhara Dalal, at the Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, Cartagena de Indias, 24 June 2014.


Mrs. Lela Krstevska, President of Economic Chamber for Tourism in Macedonia signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics during the Official visit of the Secretary-General to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on 29 July 2014.

The UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai at the Signing Ceremony of the

Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, Photo Courtesy: Nick Balhara DalalMacedonia, 29 July 2014.


Twelve Japanes companies and associations signed the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism during the Silk Road Seminar at JATA Tourism Expo 2014 held in Tokyo, Japan, on 25 September 2014.

The twelve signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism with Mr. Shigeto KUBO, Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency, and UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai, Tokyo, Photo Cortesy: Nick Balhara Dalal, 25 September 2014.


On the occasion of the '1er Encuentro Internacional de Turismo Comunitario y Social de la UNASUR', nine Bolivian associations signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics, in La Paz, Bolivia, on 7 October 2014.

Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, La Paz, 7 October 2014.


During the Official Inauguration of the International Tourism Fair in Paraguay (FITPAR) 2014, thirteen Paraguayan associations signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics, in Asunción, Paraguay, on 9 October 2014.

Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, Asunción, 9 October 2014.


Mr. Marek Harbuľák, President of the Slovak Tourism Association, signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics during the Official Visit of the Secretary-General to Slovakia, in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 29 October 2014.

Mr. Marek Harbuľák, President of the Slovak Tourism Association, with UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai at the Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, Bratislava, 29 October 2014.


Mr. Richard Mortimore, CEO of Reed Exhibitions UK, signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics during the World Travel Market 2014, in London, United Kingdom, on 3 November 2014.

Mr. Richard Mortimore, CEO of Reed Exhibitions UK, signing the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, in the presence of UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai and Baroness Morris of Bolton, OBE, DL, London, 3 November 2014.


Eight associations from Argentina, Croatia, Finland, Malaysia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden, signed the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism during the 2nd Summit of Presidents of Travel Agencies Associations, held in Zagreb, Croatia, on 6 November 2014.

Signatories to the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism with UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai in Zagreb on 6 November 2014.


On the occasion of the China International Tourism Forum, ten Chinese companies signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics, in Shanghai, China, on 14 November 2014.

Chinese companies signing the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, in Shanghai on 14 November 2014.


Fourteen Argentine associations signed the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism during the Closing of the working session of the Argentine Chamber of Toursim, held in San Carlos de Bariloche, on 4 December 2014.

Argentine signatories to the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, in Bariloche on 4 December 2014.

See also the video of the signing 


Mr. Martin Buck, Director of Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics during ITB Berlin 2015, in Berlin, Germany, on 6 March 2015. 

UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai with Ms. Rika Jean-François, ITB CSR Commissioner, and Mr. Martin Buck, Director of Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, at the signing ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, Berlin, Germany, 6 March 2015. 


Twelve Guatemalan associations signed the Private Sector commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism during the Official visit of the UNWTO Secretary-General on 17 March 2015. 

Guatemalan signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism in Guatemala City, 17 March 2015.


On 20 March 2015, twelve Honduran associations signed the Private Sector commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism during the Official visit of the Secretary-General. 

Honduran signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism in Tegucigalpa, 20 March 2015.


During the 58th meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas, held in Port-au-Prince on 20 May 2015, ten Haitian companies signed the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. 

Haitian signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, on 20 May 2015.


Five Maldivian companies and associations signed the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism during the 27th CAP-CSA joint meeting and the UNWTO Regional Ministerial Conference, held in the Maldives on 3 June 2015. 

Maldivian signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, on 3 June 2015.


Mr. Juan Molas Marcellas, President of Confederación Española de Hoteles y Alojamientos Turísticos (CEHAT), signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, Spain, on 7 July 2015. 

Signing ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourismon 7 July 2015 at the UNWTO Headquarters.


On 3 August 2015, four tourism companies and associations from the Czech Republic signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, during the Official visit of the UNWTO Secretary-General.

Czech signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism in Prague, 3 August 2015.


Eight Turkish companies and associations signed the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism during the 6th T.20 Tourism Ministers' Meeting, held in Antalya on 29 September 2015. 

Signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, in Antalya, Turkey, on 29 September 2015.


Six non-profit companies and four associations from France, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada and Hungary, signed the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism during the 8th European Tourism For All Forum, held in Albufeira, Portugal, on 22 October 2015.

Signatories to the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism with Mr. Márcio Favilla Luca de Paula, UNWTO Executive Director for Operational Programs and Institutional Relationsand Mr. Jean Marc Mignon, ISTO President and member of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, in Albufeira on 22 October 2015.


Ms. Susanne Kraus-Winkler, President of HOTREC, the European association of hotels, restaurants and cafes signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics during the 71st HOTREC General Assembly, in The Hague,The Netherlands, on 5 November 2015.

Ms. Susanne Kraus-Winkler, President of HOTREC signing the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourismin the presence of Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General , in The Hague, 5 November 2015.


During the 16th World Committee on Tourism Ethics, Mr. Henri Giscard d'Estaing, President of Club Méditerranée and Mr. Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Sri Lankan company Jetwing Hotels signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics, in Paris, France, on 16 November 2015.

Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General  and Mr. Pascal Lamy, Chair of the World Committee on Toursim Ethics, with the Mr. Henri Giscard d'Estaing and Mr. Hiran Cooray, in Paris, on 16 November 2015.


On the occasion of the FITUR 2016 International Tourism Faireight Spanish companies signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics, in Madrid, Spain, on 20 Janauary 2016.

Spanish companies signing the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, at FITUR 2016, in Madrid.


Two Swedish associations, Visita - Swedish Hospitality Industry and Svensk Turism ABsigned the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism during the Sweden's Hospitality Industry Congress, held in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 16 March 2016.

Swedish signatories to the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism in the presence of Mr. Márcio Favilla, UNWTO Executive Director, at Sweden's Hospitality Industry Congress, in Gothenburg, 16 March 2016.


During the 3rd Meeting of the Turkic Council Ministers of Tourism, 11 associations and companies from Azerbaijan, Kazahkstan, Kygrystan and Turkey signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan, on 7 June 2016.

 

One of the signatories to the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism in the presence of Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, at the 3rd Meeting of the Turkic Council Ministers of Tourismin Issyk Kul, 7 June 2016.


Five Sri Lankan companies signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism on the occassion of the UNWTO Conference on "Tourism: A Catalyst for Development, Peace and Reconciliation" in the presence of Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. John Amaratunga, Sri Lankan Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs and Lands and Mr. Hiran Cooray, Member of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics. The ceremony was held in Passikudah, Sri Lanka on 13 July 2016.

 

Sri Lankan signatories to the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism at the UNWTO Conference on "Tourism: A Catalyst for Development, Peace and Reconciliation", in Passikudah (Sri Lanka), 13 July 2016.

 


Seven Slovenian companies signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism on the occassion of the Bled Strategic Forum in the presence of Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General and Mr. Zdravko Pocivalsek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology of Slovenia. The ceremony was held in Bled, Slovenia on 6 September 2016.

Slovenian signatories to the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism at the Beld Strategic Forum, in Bled (Slovenia), 6 September 2016.


Nine Spanish companies signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism in Valencia, Spain, in the presence of Mr. Marcio Favilla, UNWTO Executive Director, Mr. Ximo Puid, President of the Community of Valencia, and Mr. Francesc Colomer, Secretary of the Valencian Tourism Agency. The ceremony was held at the Valencian Tourism Center on 14 December 2016. 

Spanish signatories to the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism at the Valencian Tourism Center, in Valencia (Spain), 14 December 2016.

 


Nine companies from different countries in Latin America and Europe signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism in FITUR Madrid, Spain, in the presence of Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General andMr. Luis Garcia, General Director of Europamundo Vacaciones. The ceremony was held at the FITUR stand of Europamundo Vacaciones on 19 January 2017.

 

Signatories to the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism at the FITUR stand of Europamundo Vacaciones in Madrid (Spain), 19 January 2017.

 


On 2 February 2017 the legal director of Viajes El Corte Inglés, Mr. Juan Luis Vassallo Saavedra, signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics at UNWTO headquarters in Madrid, Spainin the presence of UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai.

Mr. Juan Luis Vassallo Saavedra, legal director of Viajes El Corte Inglés with UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai at the Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, Spain, Madrid, 2 February 2017.


On the occasion of the official visit of UNWTO Secretary-General to Portugal, five Portuguese companies signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics in Madeira on 8 February 2017.

Five portuguese companies at the Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, in Madeira, Portugal, on 8 February 2017.


On the occasion of the 3rd Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference, in Tbilisi, Georgia, eight Georgian entities signed the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics on 4 April 2017 in the presence of Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General.

Eight Georgian entities at the Signing Ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, in Tbliisi, Georgia, on 4 April 2017.


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For more information on the Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, please contact ethics@unwto.org