UNWTO advances the Code of Ethics conversion into an international Convention


The UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, while extremely significant for the tourism sector, represents a voluntary instrument, while the future Convention on Tourism Ethics would constitute a binding instrument.

“For UNWTO to have its first International Convention based on its cornerstone policy document would be of great significance, especially at a time when the uninterrupted growth of international tourist arrivals has reached a record of 1.2 billion in 2016, doubling the figures of tourism in 1999, year in which the Global Code of Ethics was adopted,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

The Working Group on the UNWTO Convention on Tourism Ethics examined the Draft Convention’s text during two working sessions in its second meeting. The draft text will now be presented to the 105th session of the UNWTO Executive Council, which is set to be held on May 11-12, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. The Executive Council will then be followed by a third meeting of the Working Group to which UNWTO Full and Associate Members are invited to participate.

As per the roadmap agreed by the Working Group, the Convention will be presented for consideration and possible adoption to the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly, scheduled to take place in Chengdu, China, from September 6-9, 2017.

If approved, the Convention would represent an important step for UNWTO as it would be the first international treaty of the organisation.