Responsible Tourism

2017: The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

"The declaration by the UN of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability - economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued" said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (UNWTO)

A fundamental frame of reference for responsible and sustainable tourism, the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET) is a comprehensive set of principles designed to guide key-players in tourism development. Addressed to governments, the travel industry, communities and tourists alike, it aims to help maximise the sector’s benefits while minimising its potentially negative impact on the environment, cultural heritage and societies across the globe.

Adopted in 1999 by the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization, its acknowledgement by the United Nations two years later expressly encouraged UNWTO to promote the effective follow-up of its provisions. Although not legally binding, the Code features a voluntary implementation mechanism through its recognition of the role of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE), to which stakeholders may refer matters concerning the application and interpretation of the document.

On the occasion of the 8th European Tourism for All Forum, held in Albufeira (Portugal) from 21-23 October 2015 at the invitation of the INATEL Foundation, the International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO) and its members solemnly showed their commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). More info.

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Voyageons-Autrement portal promotes accommodations, tour operators and all tourism businesses in France and around the world that have been verified by a, third-party or independent, certification program for sustainable tourism or that are recommended by a recognized organisation. One of the aims of the portal is to help travelers and the travel actors to select destinations, not only for the beauty of their environment, but also because they can contribute to the development of local communities, wildlife protection and flora.

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The site promotes and provides a dynamic development, for the coordination and solidarity among all tourism stakeholders who are responsible actors or want to become so in the future. 

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