UNWTO (the World Tourism Organization) is proceeding with its plans to deliver greater legal protections for travelers.
A key part of the recovery for the industry is restoring confidence in travel. The International Code for the Protection of Tourists tries to contribute with this key solution and assist tourists who are affected by these sorts of situations with globally stronger consistent policies.
The Committee for the Development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists lately held its first assembly, which was presented with the active participation of 92 UNWTO Members.
The group adopted a tangible plan that will be executed to restore tourists’ confidence through a common agenda.
As well as the private stakeholders, the European Commission will also be asked to join the initiative to have a fair and stable portion of responsibilities amongst tourism stakeholders in the world after COVID-19.
“Hesitation and a lack of trust in travel are among the major challenges we are facing as we work to resume the tourism business. An International Code for the Protection of Tourists will be a ground-breaking step towards addressing this issue. Starting a standard set of minimum traveler’s protection will help make people feel safer and more assured in international travel.” stated the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.
The UNWTO laid out the mechanisms of the plan that would present the basis for the international Code for the Protection of Tourists which includes the following endorsements:
– Providing real-time data for tourists.
– Preventing possible interruptions by drawing up contingency plans and coordination protocols.
– Training tourism stakeholders to assist tourists in emergencies.
– Fostering close collaboration between governments and travel and accommodation benefactors.
– Addressing cross-border cooperation between governments and tourism service providers.
– Addressing the effective deportation of tourists.
The plan has to present a report on the progression and development of the International Code for the Protection of Tourists at the UNWTO meeting at the end of 2021 in Morocco.