Indonesia becomes first country to sign UNWTO Tourism Ethics Convention

Published on : Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Republic of Indonesia has become the first country to sign the Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics, the landmark instrument created by UNWTO to ensure global tourism is fair, inclusive, more transparent, and works for everyone. The United Nations World Tourism Organization hosted the ceremony in Madrid, as a significant step towards the ratification of the Convention, which was adopted during the 23rd meeting of the UNWTO General Assembly in September 2019.

With the travel and tourism facing the biggest crisis in its history at present, the signing was a clear sign that Member States are looking to UNWTO for firm leadership and remains committed to its mission to use the pause as an opportunity to realign tourism. The Convention was hailed as a “big step forward” towards introducing a universal, legally binding ethical code for tourism, one of the world’s most important socio-economic sectors.

The special ceremony attended by Bapak Hermono, Indonesia’s Ambassador, Indonesia officially became the first country to sign the convention, signalling its strong commitment to uphold the highest ethical principles as it expands its tourism sector. Indonesia also played an important role in the drafting of the Convention as part of the Committee that converted the Global Code of Ethics in Tourism into an international legally binding instrument.

A Member State since 1975, the country is currently working with UNWTO to restart tourism in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In September 2020, UNWTO conducted a virtual meeting with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to explore solutions for the safe reopening of Bali to international visitors. UNWTO will also provide technical assistance in this regard in due course.

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