The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have finally made the important step of transforming the Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention. The conversion of the Code represents a significant step towards ensuring that the global tourism industry embraces the principles of sustainable tourism.
The Convention covers the responsibilities of all stakeholders in the development of sustainable tourism, providing an ethical framework within which to work.
“In an interconnected world where the business volume of tourism equals or even surpasses that of oil exports, food products or automobiles, it is important to set out a legal framework to ensure that growth is dealt with responsibly and that it can be sustained over time. Tourism is a power that must be harnessed for the benefit of all,” said the Chairman of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE), Pascal Lamy.
The Code’s 10 principles cover the economic, social, cultural and environmental components of travel and tourism including:
- Tourism should contribute to mutual understanding and respect between peoples and societies;
- Tourism should be a key factor of sustainable development;
- The right to tourism and freedom of movement to tourists;
- The rights of the workers and entrepreneurs in the tourism industry;
- Implementation of the principles of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism;