The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is preparing a Regulation on the Protection of Tourists, and more than 100 countries, along with international organizations and leading business groups, have agreed adopt harmonized standards to help tourists caught in emergency situations.
The Committee for the Drafting of the International Code, ie the Rulebook for the Protection of Tourists, agreed with the text of the first two chapters of the Code, which contains seven key principles for a legal code aimed at restoring confidence in international travel after the COVID-19 pandemic.
International Code Drafting Committee
The importance of protocol harmonization, balance, coordination, cooperation and accessibility are some of the seven fundamental principles agreed by the Code Improvement Committee. "Assistance to international tourists in emergency situations". The World Tourism Organization will provide guidance to countries around the world on how to help tourists affected by emergencies.
The Committee also agreed on a series of recommendations relating to the provision of information, assistance and, if necessary, repatriation to tourists affected by emergencies. This consultation process is expected to produce an internationally recognized Ordinance on the Protection of Tourists before the end of this year.
"We can only restart tourism if we restore confidence in travel. People want to feel safe when they travel, and the Tourist Protection Code, based on cooperation between the global tourism sector and governments, will provide that. ” - said UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili.
With representatives from more than 100 countries, the Committee counts on participation European Commission and several UN sister agencies and international bodies. These include the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Private sector stakeholders include the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates (IFTTA), the European Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ECTAA), the umbrella association for hotels, restaurants and cafes in Europe HOTREC, Expedia and the Allianz Group.
The results of the deliberations of the International Code Committee will be published on a provisional basis, as promotes minimum standards of consumer protection in tourism at the international level to provide guidance to countries on the recovery and relaunch of tourism.
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