Signing Ceremonies

The first signing ceremony took place in 2011 in Madrid, Spain, in the framework of the 1st International Congress on Ethics and Tourism (15-16 September 2011) to 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.

Eleven Spanish enterprises signed the commitment on this occasion: 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 firstInternational Congress on Ethics and Tourism (Madrid, Spain, 15-16 September 2011).  Photo courtesy: Nick Balhara DalalMorephotos from the first signing ceremony are available on UNWTO's flickr page.

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

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 thePrivate 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)

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 YerevanARMHotelsTufenkian Hospitality; the Union of Incoming Tour Operators of Armeniaand 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: AeroméxicoAsociación 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 CampecheCorporativo Cedis - Grupo Palace ResortsHoteles Misiónand 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 CruisesAir BerlinDER Touristik (former Touristik of REWE Group)FTI GroupGebecoPhoenix ReisenSchauinsland ReisenSKR ReisenStudiosus Reisen MünchenThomas Cook AGTUI AGTUIfly, 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 Releasefor 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 thePress 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 TravelTOBB (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 AirlinesHana TourKorean 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 MuseumCulture Resources Development , Hunan SAN Intel Tourism Intelligent TechnologyOL 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)