Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

Twelfth Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics

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UNWTO Secretariat Madrid
Espagne
40° 25' 0.39" N, 3° 42' 13.644" W
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4 Mars 2013 - 5 Mars 2013
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40° 25' 0.39" N, 3° 42' 13.644" W

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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Type d'évènement: 
Meeting
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Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
Ethics & Social Responsibility Programme
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UNWTO
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BIT Conference "Accessibility in tourism: an ethical value, a business opportunity"

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Milan
Italie
45° 27' 55.6344" N, 9° 11' 11.4576" E
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14 Février 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


See also:

BIT Milan 2013 website

Catégorie
Type d'évènement: 
Conference
Related to: 
Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
Ethics & Social Responsibility Programme
Programme
UNWTO
Non-UNWTO
Event or Session: 
This is a main event