Global Ethics for Tourism

United Nations World Tourism Organization is guided by the belief that tourism can make a meaningful contribution to people’s lives and our planet. This conviction is at the very heart of the Global Ethics for Tourism, a road map for tourism development.


An essential frame of reference for responsible and sustainable tourism, the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism is a inclusive set of principles designed to guide key-players in tourism growth. Addressed to governments, the travel industry, communities and tourists alike, it aims to help maximize the sector’s benefits while diminishing its potentially negative impact on the environment, cultural heritage and societies across the globe.

The global ethics of tourism encompasses the economic, social, cultural and environmental components of travel and tourism. The 8 UNWTO commandments are:

a. Tourism industry for contribution to mutual understanding and respect between peoples and societies
b. Tourism should be a vehicle for individual and collective fulfillment.
c. Tourism for viable factor for sustainable development
d. Tourism transacts cultural heritage since it should be contributor to its development.
e. Tourism should yield benefit for host countries and communities.
f. Tourism stakeholders must be responsible to its development.
g. Tours and travel is part of human right. So, right to tourism and liberty of tourist movements should be protected.
h. Rights of the workers and entrepreneurs in the tourism industry should be taken into consideration.

Nevertheless it is not mandatory to approve the UN code of global ethics of tourism it is better to the employ ethical practices for sustainable tourism around the globe.

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