Indonesian University to Develop New Tourism Law Curriculum
A seven-member delegation of law professors from Indonesia´s Udayana University in Bali visited UNWTO Headquarters this week to discuss the development of a new postgraduate tourism law curriculum and ascension into UNWTO´s Affiliate Members Program.
The delegation, which comprised of lecturers from the Balinese university´s constitutional, criminal, administrative and international law departments, met with Mr. Xu Jing, Director of UNWTO´s Regional Programme for Asia and the Pacific, as well as staff members from UNWTO´s Knowledge Network and UNWTO.Themis Foundation, the department responsible for the implementation of UNWTO Education and Training.
As part of a round-trip to various other organizations and educational institutions in Europe, the delegation´s visit to UNWTO Headquarters was a chance to learn about existing tourism legislation and the latest developments in tourism and law-related issues from the world´s peak tourism body.
¨Tourism laws are about deciding what are the ethical ways of managing tourism at all levels; ¨ said Mr. Xu Jing, reflecting on existing legislature. ¨Tourism is linked to national governments just as much as it is linked to medium sized businesses and small communities. Therefore, tourism laws are about the individual rights of travellers and hosts, and are quite distinct from the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and also from consumer rights.¨
The delegation, which plans to unveil Udayana University´s new Law and Tourism Master Degree programme in September this year, was enthusiastic about joining UNWTO´s Affiliate Member Programme, a group of over 400 public and private companies, destinations, NGOs and educational institutions whose work relates to tourism and who contribute their knowledge and expertise of responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism to UNWTO.
The delegation also discussed membership in UNWTO´s Knowledge Network, the possibility of internationalizing its new programme and the possibility of UNWTO recommending expert lecturers for its courses.