World Committee on Tourism Ethics Meetings

Meetings of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics

The World Committee on Tourism Ethics meets at least once a year. These meetings will be held at UNWTO Headquarters, unless it is decided otherwise. Attended by the UNWTO Secretary-General or his representative, the Committee may also invite experts or external institutions to contribute to its proceedings.

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25th WCTE virtual meeting

As the COVID-19 crisis continues,another WCTE meeting was held virtually on 26 November 2020. Mr. Manuel Butler delivered the opening remarks on behalf of the Secretary General. During the meeting, Ms. Dandra Carvao, Chief of the UNWTO Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness Department gave a brief on the latest impact assessment on the tourism sector and Dr. Dirk Glaesser, Director of the UNWTO Sustainable Development of Tourism Department presented an update on the travel restrictions. In addition, a list of topics were covered such as ethical tourism ratings, the Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics, the UNWTO Global Tourism Crisis Committee, the International Code for the Protecition of Tourists, as well as the current situation of the signatories.

24th WCTE Meeting

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a special virtual session dedicated to the topic was held on 5 June 2020 with the presence of the UNWTO Secretary-General, the Chair, members and alternate members of the Ethics Committee with interventions from Ms. Sandra Carvao, Chief of the UNWTO Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness Department and Dr. Dirk Glaesser, Director of the UNWTO Sustainable Development of Tourism Department. The session resulted with a statement issued by the Committee on the ethical application of the COVID-19 mitigation measures. Moreover, the Committee revised and approved an updated version of the Tips for the Responsible Traveller – a version that stimulates the latest developments especially on safe and secure travel.

23rd WCTE Meeting

The World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE) met at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, Spain for its twenty-third session under the new composition endorsed by the last General Assembly in Saint Petersburg, Russia (A/RES/724/XXIII).  During the meeting, the new elected members of the Committee were introduced and signed their Declaration of Loyalty. Moreover, the brochure on the 20th anniversary of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism was presented, an update on the UNWTO Global Report on Women in Tourism and the conclusions of the UNWTO report on New Business Models in the Accommodation Industry: Benchmarking of Rules and Regulations on the Short-term Rental Market were presented. In addition to the 2018-2021 priority topics of the Committee (overtourism and sustainability, decent work and inclusive growth, Gender Equality & Socio-Economic Empowerment), the following topics were discussed, namely, the Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics, the 20th anniversary of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, and Tourism and Biodiversity Conservation. 

22nd WCTE Meeting

The 22nd meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics was held on 29 and 30 May 2019 at the UNWTO HQs in Madrid, Spain. During the meeting, variety of topics were discussed, and the 20th anniversary of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism brochure case collection were launched. In addition, an update on the recommendations on the responsible use of ratings and reviews was provided and discussed along with the 2018-2021 Committee priority topics, namely, Technology & Digital Platforms, Over-tourism & Sustainability, Decent Work & Inclusive Growth, and Gender Equality & Socio-Economic Empowerment. The Secretariat also provided an update about the Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics and the Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics.

21st WCTE Meeting

The Twenty-first Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics was held in Istanbul, Turkey on 1-2 December 2018 followed by the Third UNWTO - UNESCO Conference on Tourism and Culture hosted by the Turkish Government. The preparations to mark the 20th anniversary of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the presentation of the Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics to the 2019 UNWTO General Assembly were some of the topics discussed during the meeting. During this meeting, the the second round of evaluations and voting of winner of the Ethics Award took place. The World Committee on Tourism Ethics was in charge of the selection of the winner of this Ethics Awards. Subsequently, the laureate of the Ethics Award was disclosed in January 2019 and received the Award during an official ceremony. Other agenda items included the ethical issues related to the use technology & digital platforms in tourism, over-tourism & sustainability, decent work & inclusive growth in the sector as well as gender equality & socio-economic empowerment.

20th WCTE Meeting

During this meeting, newly elected members of the Committee were introduced and signed the Declaration of Loyalty and the 2018-2021 Committee priority topics were discussed and identified. In addition, the topic of the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics was present on the table as well as the report on the status of the private sector commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

19th WCTE Meeting

The Nineteenth Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics was held in Chengdu, China on 12 September 2017 within the framework of the UNWTO General Assembly. The Committee, which initiated the process of conversion of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international Convention was pleased to see this initiative approved by the plenary of the UNWTO 22nd General Assembly. Other topics discussed during the Committee meeting included the UNWTO Ethics Awards 2018, the preparation of Recommendations on the protection of indigenous communities in tourism and the latest developments of the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

  • The 18th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Madrid, Spain, 1 February 2017
  • The 17th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Madrid, Spain, 26-27 April 2016
  • The 16th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Paris, France, 16-17 November 2015
  • The 15th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Rovinj, Croatia, 26-27 May 2015
  • The 14th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Rome, Italy, 17-18 November 2014
  • The 13th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Madrid, Spain, 26 February 2014
  • The 12th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Madrid, Spain, 04-05 March 2013
  • The 11th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Rome, Italy, 12-13 July 2012
  • The 10th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Bali, Indonesia, 12-13 June 2011
  • The 9th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Luxor, Egypt, 15-16 April 2009
  • The 8th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    San José, Costa Rica, 18-19 June 2009
  • The 7th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Rome, Italy,14-15 November 2008
  • The 6th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Madrid, Spain, 13-14 March 2008
  • The 5th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Funchal, Madeira (Portugal), 15-16 June 2007
  • The 4th Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Bangalore, India, 02-03 June 2006
  • The 3rd Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Tunis, Tunisia, 16-17 May 2005
  • The 2nd Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Madrid, Spain, 04-06 October 2004
  • The 1st Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
    Rome, Italy, 25-26 February 2004

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