Know All About The Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
Tourism is considered one of the most important economic & social occurrences during the past century and there is a huge growth in the number of tourists according to the World Tourism Organization from a 25 million international arrivals in 1950 to over 700 million in 2002 with a rate growth of 6.6% and it keeps to be higher and higher each year.
Tourism organization started to believe that tourism has somehow turned into a consumption world and that was the main reason that led the main tourism organization to set some rules related to their ethical position, which may be good at the business in general.
Such rules can lead to hugely successful business through increasing profits and encouraging to more systematic & effective work. These rules are called the global code of ethics for tourism.
What is Responsible Tourism?
The Tourism industry has faced a lot of problems recently and most of them are mainly ethical ones including the destruction of the environment, the depletion of natural sources, some economic imperialism, pollution, and a lot of other problems that had to be taken under consideration. So they came up with another type of tourism “Responsible Tourism” that mainly aims to reduce damage caused by tourism as possible as it can. It is highly concerned with the consequences of tourism over the environment, local people, economies, politics, and so and there are a lot of countries practice such a type of tourism including the United Kingdom, The United States, India, Gambia, Sri Lanka, and other countries.
The issue that is closely related to responsible tourism is The global code of ethics for tourism that includes 10 major principles that cover the majority of the economic, social, political, environmental components of Tourism and here they are:
Article 1: Tourism’s contribution to mutual understanding and respect between peoples and societies
Article 2: Tourism as a vehicle for individual and collective fulfillment
Article 3: Tourism, a factor of sustainable development
Article 4: Tourism, a user of the cultural heritage of mankind and contributor to its enhancement
Article 5: Tourism, beneficial activity for host countries and communities
Article 6: Obligations of stakeholders in tourism development
Article 7: Right to tourism
Article 8: Liberty of tourist movements
Article 9: Rights of the workers and entrepreneurs in the tourism industry
Article 10: Implementation of the principles of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism