UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

Baboo targets different areas impacted by tourism and aims to guide its partners and clients to take responsibility for their social and environmental impact.

As an advocate for sustainable travel, Baboo is more than ever dedicated to supporting responsible travel. We target different areas impacted by tourism, and aim to guide our partners and clients to take responsibility for their social and environmental impact. 

Our world's diversity unifies us and allows us to explore, engage, and enjoy the best that local culture and communities have to offer.

Your travel experience will be richer if you treat the world and all of its inhabitants with respect. Even if you’re visiting a large city or a sleepy town, if you behave decently, the locals will be grateful to have you.

If you follow these simple guidelines, your travels will be more enjoyable and safe for you, the people you meet, and the locations you see.


Respect your hosts and our shared history

  • Learn about local cultures, traditions, and social conditions. It’s a terrific opportunity to learn about the locals and get excited about your trip.
  • Learn a few words in the local dialect. This can help you connect more deeply with the locals.
  • Experience and appreciate a destination’s history, architecture, religion, attire, and communication rules, as well as its music, art, and cuisine.
  • Always ask before photographing others, as their privacy is as important as yours. Don’t pay for a photo.
  • Before criticizing local living conditions or customs, think. Learn to listen without assumptions.
  • All tourism personnel and service providers should be treated with respect.

Help preserve our planet​

  • Reduce your environmental impact by protecting natural resources, particularly forests and wetlands.
  • Wildlife and their natural habitats must be respected. Cruelty may be implied by animal attractions.
  • Purchase no things made from endangered plants or animals, or from non-sustainable hardwood.
  • Only visit the areas that are open to visitors in protected zones. Do not pay locals to find “no-go zones.”
  • Sleep green and visit the countryside since the countryside has so much to offer.
  • Reduce your usage of garbage, single-use plastic, water, and energy, and arrange your transportation to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Leave a small footprint and a positive impression.

Help develop the local economy

  • Invest in handicrafts and items from your community. Be considerate of the artisan’s livelihood by paying a reasonable fee.
  • AVOID purchasing tampered-with or illegally-importated goods or services.
  • Find out about tipping customs by hiring local guides and making purchases in your destination.
  • Donate to companies that value equality and diversity.
  • Take your time and explore regions that are less frequented.

Be safe when you travel

  • Take care for your health and safety, and consult your national authorities if you have any questions.
  • Examine the fine print in your visa requirements and travel insurance.
  • Be informed of cancellation regulations and your rights as a passenger.
  • During epidemics, practice “social distance.” Stay away from crowds and sign up for security alerts.
  • In the event of an emergency, know how to get medical care or call your embassy.

Be a wise traveler

  • Before embarking on a journey of volunteerism, conduct extensive research.
  • Select tourism companies who have environmental policies and community projects. Some efforts may appear to be environmentally friendly or ethical, yet they may not provide fair working conditions.
  • Follow all applicable national laws and regulations. Respect “private places” and follow the rules at religious sites.
  • Respect human rights and keep children safe from exploitation. Abusing children is a heinous crime.
  • Refrain from offering money or presents to children who are begging. Instead, contribute to community initiatives.
  • Have fun, but remember to respect the inhabitants and their way of life.
  • Interact with them to learn about their culture.
  • As a remembrance of your vacation, take photos of protected cultural artifacts.

Wise use of digital platforms

  • Examine online reviews and blogs before setting off on your journey.
  • When you return, write honest evaluations and share your travel experiences on social media.
  • Consider uploading selfies and photographs of other individuals with caution. They may not agree, and your preferences can wait.
  • You should advocate for non-profit and community programs that you’ve learned about.
  • Inform the authorities about any instances of injustice, exploitation, or prejudice.

The Tips for a Responsible Traveler were developed by the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, the impartial body responsible for interpreting, applying, and evaluating the provisions of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for TourismThe UNWTO Code of Ethics, which inspired the drafting of these tips, is a fundamental frame of reference for responsible and sustainable tourism. The Code is addressed to governments, tourism companies, destinations, local communities, and tourists alike. The Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics, built around the nine core principles of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, was adopted by the UNWTO General Assembly in 2019. The World Committee on Tourism Ethics has been entrusted with overseeing the implementation of this first UNWTO international Convention.

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