The Union Minister for Tourism, Kumari Selja today unveiled
the code of conduct for Safe & Honourable Tourism in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Kumari Selja said, even though such code
of ethics for tourism has earlier been developed by world bodies
like UNWTO, the code of conduct unveiled today is based on meeting
country’s futuristic needs and challenges. She said she would call
it “our own innovation inspired by the existing code of ethics of
She said, this code of Conduct was developed by Ministry of Tourism
in association with PATA India Chapter, Save the Children – India,
United Nations Office on Drugs & Crimes (UNODC) and Equitable
Tourism Option (EQUATIONS).
The Minister said, her Ministry has been running the social
awareness campaign under the theme “Athithi Devo Bhavah” which also
addresses issues relating to treating our women travellers with
dignity. A similar campaign needs to be initiated to sensitize the
incoming tourists to refrain from indulging in any such activity
which might disturb the social fabric of the country.
Kumari Selja urged all the Stake holders to adopt the code at the
earliest. She said, a strong message needs to be conveyed to all
tourists using the services of different organizations working for
tourism sector that such organisations will not in any way be party
to activities that exploit women and children.
The Minister said, “ You also have a big role to play as ears and
eyes of the industry and bring any such instances of exploitation to
the notice of law enforcing agencies. Let us all today resolve to
fight this darker side of tourism and bring hope.”
Kumari Selja said, Secretary (Tourism) would soon be organizing a
series of workshops with stake holders to develop a plan of action
for implementing this code. This action plan will be aimed at
widespread dissemination and would define methodology for adoption
of this code of conduct.
The Secretary Tourism Shri Sujit Banerjee said that the code has
been evolved keeping in mind the following objectives:
Encourage tourism activities to be undertaken with respect for basic
rights like dignity, safety and freedom from exploitation of both
tourist and local residents,
Aid the prevention of prostitution, sex tourism and forms of sexual
exploitations in tourism ,in particular women & Children
To enhance prevention of activities like forced or involuntary drug
use, manipulated and incorrect information, cultural & Social
intolerance which could increase vulnerability to crime.
A large number of stake holders in the tourism sector were present
on the occasion. They include among others Representative of UNODC,
EQUATIONS, Save the Children, PATA, Members of Travel and Hotels.