Poland to host third International Congress

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai

Poland is set to host the third International Congress on Ethics and Tourism in April 2017.

The event which is expected to take place from April 27 to 28, will be organized by World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in collaboration with the European Commission and the Government of Poland.

Coinciding with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development to be celebrated through 2017, the event will focus on the shared responsibility of all stakeholders in promoting a more sustainable tourism sector.

The Congress will discuss the global sustainability agenda, particularly on issues of governance and corporate social responsibility, responsible consumption patterns, universal accessibility as well as effective management models for natural and cultural resources.

Others include tourism practices that contribute to socio-economic empowerment of local communities and individuals and spread the benefits of tourism development, notably to women, youth, indigenous people and persons with disabilities.

The Congress will further highlight the competitive advantages of investing in a more inclusive and diverse tourism sector.

“With more than 1.2 billion international tourists crossing international borders in one single year and the prospects of continuous growth, it is crucial that we manage growth in an ethical and responsible manner,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

“The Tourism sector needs to build equitable partnerships and adopt effective national policies and sustainable business strategies in all areas of development.”

The third International Congress on Ethics and Tourism is organized in the framework of the cooperation between UNWTO and the Director-General for Internal Market, Industry and Entrepreneurship with the support of European Commission and the Government of Poland.

“I have accepted the decision by the World Tourism Organisation to choose Poland as a host for the third edition of the International Congress on Ethics and Tourism,” said Witold Banka, Minister of Sports and Tourism.

“I am confident that the great atmosphere of Krakow, one of the most beautiful sites in Europe will foster thoughtful discussions and yield positive results of the Congress.”

The event will include the signing ceremony of the Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism by a group of prominent companies and trade associations.

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