UNWTO treaty will raise tourist confidence

MADRID, 10 February 2017: UNWTO says it is looking out for tourists by drafting an international convention to protect travellers and build consumer confidence in the tourism service suppliers.

The convention will identify the responsibilities of signatory states to facilitate visitors during a national emergency.

The process has taken more than six years, so far, following a decision in 2011 to create a global legal framework, but UNWTO now says the project is entering its final phase.

inside no 6It involved nine working group meetings to hammer out details of the treaty, officially tagged ‘Convention on the Protection of Tourists’.

Issues such as how to protect tourists and the obligations of tourism service providers’ were discussed in detail at the 9th working group meeting late last month.

A draft convention had already incorporated the comments of UNWTO member states and members of the Working Group last November.

UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, said: “We are at a highly relevant crossroads; tourism is increasing every year and governments and the private sector need tools to build a framework to guarantee tourist protection among other trends.”

The final Working Group meeting will take place 28 to 29 March 2017 at UNWTO headquarters in Madrid to finalise the text of the Draft Convention, for its submission to the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu, China, this September.