Maldives joins UNWTO’s International Code for Protection of Tourists
In a significant move towards promoting tourism safety and enhancing international standards, the Maldives has officially become a signatory to the International Code for the Protection of Tourists, developed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
This historic agreement marks the first-ever legal instrument designed to establish globally recognised guidelines for safeguarding tourists at an international level. The International Code was meticulously crafted by the UNWTO and gained formal adoption during the 24th UNWTO General Assembly in December 2021.
Tourism Minister Dr Abdulla Mausoom represented the Maldives as he signed the agreement during his visit to Cambodia, where he attended the UNWTO Conference. This endorsement underscores the Maldives’ commitment to ensuring the well-being and security of tourists visiting its picturesque shores.
Renowned worldwide as a tranquil, secure, and stunning tourist destination, the Maldives continues to attract travellers from around the globe. According to the Ministry of Tourism, 861,167 tourists had visited the Maldives as of June 14.
By becoming a signatory to the International Code for the Protection of Tourists, the Maldives further solidifies its reputation as a responsible and conscientious host for travellers. The Code’s implementation will undoubtedly bolster the tourism industry’s resilience and help foster a welcoming environment that prioritises the welfare and satisfaction of visitors.
With the Maldives joining this momentous initiative, the global travel and hospitality industry can anticipate a heightened focus on ensuring the highest safety standards for tourists. As more nations join this vital effort, the International Code for the Protection of Tourists paves the way for a future of sustainable and secure travel experiences for all.