Code of Conduct
A code of conduct in tourism is a management and regulation tool aimed at transparency and the monitoring of the conduct of guests, tour operators and the community itself for the purpose of ensuring mutual respect, a healthy intercultural coexistence and a rewarding experience. Its application also prevents conflicts and the deterioration of the natural and cultural heritage of the community in addition to generating economic benefits.
The main objective is to develop values that have an impact on the attitudes and behavior of people, leading to greater enjoyment of leisure activities while respecting the rules of the game with regard to relationships with other people and cultures who are working to improve their living conditions. This good behavior should be developed throughout all stages of tourism: before, during and after a trip made within and outside of the towns and communities visited.
Informal actions seek to adapt to different ecosystems, societies and cultures that travelers visit, and are part of a broader process of mutual learning and dialogue between cultures and socialization of knowledge and expertise for the sustainable development of tourism. The various instruments designed to regulate tourism activity, including codes of conduct, aspire to put limits on the negative effects of uncontrolled growth. Some of the tools are:
1. Providing information to tour operators and travel agencies to sensitize tourists that they send to fragile ecological and cultural destinations.
2. Contributing to the design of travel packages that include social interaction.
3. Provision of inputs to develop training programs for tour guides and others involved in tourism.
4. Facilitating the regular monitoring of the effects of the behavior of tourists in ecosystems that are in the communities visited.
To safeguard the rights and social traditions of the communities, we should:
- Encourage partnerships and cooperation between governments and communities in order to ensure participation in decision making at all levels.
- Ensure that tourism facilitates greater control over the management of the territory and its resources, strengthening the right of communities to self-management.
- Strengthen the organization and forms of social representation to ensure self-management of tourism and the role of the local communities.
- Preserve and disseminate ancestral collective knowledge applied to agricultural production and the use and sustainable utilization of natural resources.
- Support the institutionalization and legalization of community-based tourism enterprises.
- Empower community members to operate and manage tourism businesses.