A group of students are now developing an e-learning program on “Tourism Ethics”
Wakayama university, as a UNWTO affiliate member, has a student group, who is actively involved in UNWTO related activities such as translating UNWTO publications into Japanese: “Tourism and the SDGs (2018)”, ”TIPS FOR A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER (2017)” and “Tourism Highlights”.
In 2017, four representatives from this group participated in a UNWTO competition, “UNWTO Students Idea Competition on Talent Development” held in Marbella, Spain. They presented an idea for a youth education program on the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET), which as a result won the first place!
Since this great achievement, the group has been developing a web-based e-learning program on “Tourism Ethics”. This e-learning program, “Tourism Ethics in ONE Hour”, will soon become available for public use at https://learning.tourismethics.org (Beta version is now available!). Anyone from any part of the world can access this online program on their smartphone and familiarize themselves with the fundamental concepts of the GCET in only one hour. The program is interactive, including videos and quizzes. There is no need for registration and tuition fee!
We believe the GCET should be the benchmark to make tourism a solution for achieving the SDGs, and this program is one powerful solution. As “Digital transformation” is advancing, this program will allow an easy access to the GCET for many more people in the world. The program is also timely as the GCET has been ratified as the convention.