Going on a trip is one of the most interesting things you should always do. Aside from the feeling of wellness, you feel a sense of belonging too knowing you have affected lives positively by increasing their source of livelihood.
However before you travel, you must know and apply the Global Codes of Ethics for Tourist.
Importantly, it is ideal to respect the culture of the country or state you are traveling to. This will further make your stay worthwhile at the destination. You stand to gain greater advantages like understanding their language, educating yourself more on the host destination and having a sense of belonging with the community you are traveling to.
The Global Codes of Ethics for Tourism.
The Global Codes of Ethics for Tourism was adopted in 1999 by the General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO). Although not legally binding, the code features principles which tourist, tourist destinations, and tourism organizations should follow. It covers the economic, social, cultural and environmental components of travel and tourism consisting of 10 articles.
The working group at the UNWTO convention held its first working session at the Headquarters in Madrid on 25 April 2016, to review work on transforming the Global Code of Ethics into a full, legally binding international convention to advance its impact and boost government responsibility to uphold its principles.
The Code’s 10 principles simply cover the economic, social, cultural and environmental components of travel and tourism. All of these is to maximize tourism potentials and minimize tourism impacts on the environment.
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, a 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
Read more here. http://www.gdrc.org/uem/eco-tour/principles html