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3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, Krakow, Poland


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Krakow, Poland. 27-28 April 2017.

Having recently adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within its 2030 agenda agreed last year, the United Nations declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Coinciding with this important landmark, the holding of the 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism comes at a challenging time where tourism keeps booming although the protection of human rights, the natural resources and social cohesion need to be taken more seriously into account in all spheres of development.

In an increasingly interconnected world, a closer scrutiny of governments’ actions and corporate impact on societies and the environment, as well as the need for more responsible consumption patterns are becoming more evident. Moreover, businesses are coming to realize that they cannot thrive in the long run if the resources they lean on keep deteriorating and if they fail to provide decent jobs. It is clear that tourism cannot stay out of this growing and certainly positive trend.

This conference, championed by UNWTO and the European Commission, with the generous collaboration of the Government of Poland, aims to demonstrate the successful stories illustrating this encouraging behavioural shift.


The 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism aims to explore ways in which the tourism sector can harness the principles of sustainability, shared responsibility and accountability of all stakeholders in developing tourism infrastructure, products and services. It will further showcase good practices of private-public cooperation through policies and strategies based on human rights, transparency and good governance which also takes into account the voice of civil society.

The Congress will draw particular attention to the following aspects:

  1. inclusive tourism and universal accessibility for the benefit of all groups of population and the industry’s competitiveness;
  2. management of natural and cultural heritage amidst the growing tourist numbers and conservation concerns; and,
  3. corporate social responsibility which not only fosters the implementation of the SDGs across the tourism supply chain, but also contributes to innovation and the overall service quality.


The Congress is aiming to gather an international audience comprised of policy makers, officials of national tourism administrations, representatives of travel and tourism companies and trade associations, representatives of international organizations, non-governmental organizations and civil society bodies, as well as academics and media outlets engaged in the issues of sustainable development and ethical business practices.

ENAT is among the organisations invited to speak at the congress, sharing its views and presenting the 'state-of-the-art' in the design and delivery of sustainable, accessible and inclusive tourism in destinations and businesses.

Further Information and Registration

Visit the Congress Website for details of the objectives, programme outline and registration.

The congress is open to all. Registration is obligatory.