The United Nations and the World Tourism Organisation launch the “Be a responsible traveller” initiative

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Paris, March 2014- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Unesco and the World Tourism Organisation launched the “Be a responsible traveller” campaign to encourage tourists travelling abroad to be aware of situations when they should be particularly vigilant. Having started in January 2014 a European project called “Security & Tourism”, in which seven partner cities participate, Efus wishes to share these recommendations with interested members of the network.

The “Be a responsible traveller” initiative focuses on five areas in which tourists need to be particularly vigilant.

  1. Combating human trafficking: Tourists are encouraged to be aware of situations where people might be forced to work against their free will and to report it. Tourists are also made aware of their responsibility in avoiding contributing to the problem of sexual exploitation, particularly involving children.
  2. Protecting plants and animals: Tourists are urged to find out about the protected animals and illegal produce that can be used in the country they are travelling to
  3. Illegal trading of cultural artefacts: Various estimates suggest that illicit trading of these artefacts has increased by 50% since 1993. Tourists are therefore encouraged to find out where souvenirs, and other objects bought during their stay, come from.
  4. Combating counterfeiting: The turnover of this business is estimated to be 250 millions of dollars a year. The unregulated production of counterfeit products has serious ethical consequences and safety implications for both the workers and the craftsmen. Tourists are therefore encouraged to refrain from buying this kind of merchandise.
  5. Combating drug trafficking: Tourists should never agree to carry packages given to them by strangers. They should also be extremely vigilant of their luggage, especially in stations and airports.

The hashtag  #traveldonttraffic was launched on Twitter. Moreover, an internet website summarising the various recommendations was created http://bearesponsibletraveller.org/.

If you would like to find out more about Efus’ work on security and tourism, you can contact Mark Burton Page (burtonpage@efus.eu) or Alberto Dotta dotta@efus.eu) or call us on +33 (0)1 40 64 49 00.