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Press Release_UNWTO Meeting to Focus on Air Connectivity 18 May 2014

Press Release_UNWTO Meeting to Focus on Air Connectivity 18 May 2014

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A press relaese on UNWTO Meeting, which will focus on Air Connectivity
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DOT Media Release – May 2014 Page 1

18 May 2014

UNWTO Joint Meeting in PH to discuss air connectivity; Private companies
commit to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

Legazpi City, Province of Albay is a proud host to the 26
United Nations World
Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Joint Meeting of the Commission for East Asia and the
Pacific (CAP) and the Commission for South Asia (CSA). UNWTO Secretary General
Dr. Taleb Rifai will lead the discussions focused on air connectivity and its impact on the
tourism sector in the Asia-Pacific reigon.

The discussion will commence with a presentation on the salient features of the
UNWTO and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) regional study on Air Connectivity
and its Impact on Tourism in Asia and the Pacific.

Anita Mendiratta, senior consultant of CNN TASK, will moderate the remaining
discussion where participating countries and delegates will be asked to make brief
interventions. Among the topics that will be covered include air connectivity and
economic regulation; the role of airports and regional hubs in tourism development,
security, and visa facilitation; consumer protection and visitor satisfaction; impact of low
cost airlines; policy on open sky; taxation and levies; and the role of aviation within the
Green Economy and its impact on tourism safety, taxation, and consumer protection.

“The Philippines is privileged to be hosting this very important meeting which will
result in a collective vision for aviation and tourism. This will be another landmark event
for our country, but more importantly, the discussions and agreements ought to
encourage harmonization of policies and more convergence initiatives to further
strengthen these two closely related sectors,” DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr.

Another milestone activity is the signing ceremony to celebrate the commitment
of selected Philippine private companies to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. By
DOT Media Release – May 2014 Page 2

signing, these companies pledge to observe the principles of the Code, i.e respect for
human rights and cultural heritage, protection of the environment and working towards
social inclusion, gender equality, and accessibility. They will serve as ambassadors to
promote the Code among their respective business partners, staff, and clients. They
are likewise expected to submit reports on implementing the Code.

The 14 signatories include the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, the
Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corporation, Hijo Estate Resorts, Rajah Travel
Corporation, Amarela Resort Corporation, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort, Donsol
Eco Tour Inc., Misibis Bay Resorts and Casino, El Nido Resorts, The Oriental Hotel,
The Avenue Plaza Hotel, DIVELINK Cebu, Southland Events, Inc., and South Palms

“We are pleased to state that as of May 2014, 243 companies and associations
from 35 countries all over the world have signed the Private Sector Commitment to the
Code of Ethics. They have been chosen for their strong Corporate Social Responsibility
(CSR) programs and sustainability initiatives,” UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb
Rifai shared.

“The DOT acknowledges the support of these 14 operators who have been our
faithful partners in tourism promotion. Today, they not only commit to continue their
CSR programs, but also join our advocacy for responsible, ethical, and sustainable
tourism. We hope to encourage more establishments and companies to share their
passion and belief for tourism as a great social and economic equalizer. For the DOT,
the importance of sustainable tourism cannot be overstated. Hence, it becomes
imperative upon all tourism stakeholders to be responsible and accountable for these
beautiful tourism wonders in order to make it sustainable for generations to come,”
Secretary Jimenez concluded.

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