French Travel Agents Association SNAV commits to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics

PR No.: PR13008

The French Travel Agents Association – SNAV, les Professionnels du Voyage – has signed the Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. With this signing, SNAV  commits to promote sustainable tourism practices, with a special focus on socio-cultural and economic issues (2 February, Tenerife, Spain).

The signing of the Code entails the commitment by SNAV to promote and implement the values of responsible and sustainable tourism development championed by the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics.

“With this adherence, SNAV pledges to observe the principles of the Code as well as to disseminate and report on its implementation in SNAV’s corporate governance”, said Fréderic Pierret, UNWTO Executive Director for Programme and Coordination, who represented UNWTO at the signing held on the occasion of the SNAV Congress in Tenerife, Spain. “We are proud to have SNAV embracing the principles of ethical, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism”, he added.

For Georges Colson, President of SNAV, “The signature of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism represents a strong and necessary commitment. We, French tourism professionals, are very pleased to join the signatories of the Code. Indeed, we must be the guardians of a new balance in the implementation of our businesses; a balance that fully respects the environment and our fellowmen”.

Together with the environmental sustainability components being increasingly incorporated into businesses operations across the globe, the Commitment seeks to draw particular attention to issues such as human rights, social inclusion, gender equality, accessibility, and the protection of vulnerable groups and host communities.


Note to editors:

SNAV – les Professionnels du Voyage ( represents more than 1,400 tourism enterprises, generating more than € 24 billion in annual turnover.

Adopted in 1999 by the UNWTO General Assembly and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001, the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism is a set of principles designed to guide the development of tourism in a way that maximizes the socio-economic benefits of the sector, while minimizing any negative impacts.


Relevant links:

The Global Code of Ethics for Tourism



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