The goal of the OLBIOS Advisory Group is to help you ask the right questions, raise awareness and inform you on the ethical issues you are confronted with, using ethics not as a constraint machine but as a basis for a stronger, deeper, more conscious and creative approach to your field.

Is today mass tourism a new complex social phenomenon standing for a contemporary society and opening a new epoch? Does the world’€™s largest industry helps to manage the crisis of boredom caused by the increase of leisure time and the rise of life expectation?

What are the stages of the history of tourism, from the Industrial Revolution in the mid-19 century until now and how will it be developed in the future? Can people come closer to themselves through leisure and travel?

Is travel and tourism exorbitant in nature, transport beyond the orbit of everydayness, passage from the familiar toward the foreign? Why does the evocative switch of travelling brings delight rather than burden? What are the differences between travel and tourism as an industry of public and private interest?

Is there a lack of an attempt to explicate conceptually the comprehensive meaning of tourism policy? Is it possible to create values through Tourism Policy? In which ways tourism offers a great opportunity for new economy and builds a new socio-economic dynamism?

In what way should a country wish to compete and establish an effective policy to attract global tourists on the governmental level? What kind of promotion objectives and strategies should provide the framework within which the collective and individual decisions directly affect long-term tourism development and the daily activities within a destination?

How can one achieve that tourists are hosted in a way that maximizes the benefits while minimizing the negative effects? Responsible travelling. About tolerance and respect. Different (time) concepts and thought patterns. Inferior cultures vs. different cultures.

Preservation and degradation of the environment through tourism. Economy of tourism, the most powerful world industry. Do different cultures ever really meet? Threat to natural resources we use for pleasure. Limits of such resources, as tested daily by ignorant tourists.

An overview of the tourism industry; on sustainable and alternative tourism. Examination of ecosystems and ecosystem services, stewardship, values and rights. Humanity-environment relationships. Studying the WTOG Global Code of Ethics. Micro- and macro-interactions of people involved in tourism.

Importance of the humanities and biology in addressing tourism issues. Should you leave your money to dictatorships? Choosing who you patronize based on their values (hotels, airlines, resorts, cruise lines, tour operators, suppliers). Is sustainable tourism really possible?

Ethics of stakeholders in development. Protection of host communities and local professionals. Protection and safety of visitors. Travellers’ vulnerability and the role of public authorities: Information, Prevention, Security, Insurance, Assistance.

Knowing what is criminal by the laws of the country visited, and knowing what is considered offensive or injurious conduct by locals. Health and security risks; prevention. On “dark travelling”, visiting war-conflict areas.

What are the real actual/potential benefits of travelling? On country-image marketing. The politically correct traveller and the dangers of too much good will. Exploitation of human beings in various forms.

Taking advantage of travelers by the host communities: the many ways of deceit. The issue of Sex Tourism. Travel for reasons of religion / health / education / cultural and linguistic exchanges.

How can tourism contribute to achieving sound, continuous and sustainable economic growth? Water and energy. Waste production. The staggering impact, in time and space, of visitor flows; why and how to overcome it.

Who is responsible for tourism infrastructure design? Tourism business in sensitive areas (desert, polar, high mountain regions, coastal areas, tropical forests, wetlands). Ecotourism, facts and potential.

Safeguarding, advancement, protection and transmission of the artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage. Economic, social and cultural benefits for the local populations: Who profits from Tourism? The impact of developing tourism.

Emergency health cases, crisis situations, repatriation rights, etc. Equal rights to tourism. Why is leisure a right? The history of periodic holidays with pay. Tourism for people with disabilities.

Liberty to move within a country without encountering excessive formalities or discrimination. Family, youth, student and seniors’ tourism. Access to legal and health services. Consular representatives and diplomatic conventions in force.

Social and associative tourism. Border crossings: harmonizing and simplifying procedures. Rights of salaried and self-employed workers in the tourism industry. Their insecurity, their training, their status.

Role of multinational tourist enterprises: from the worst to the best. Who is monitoring the effective application of ethical principles in Tourism? Uniformisation and Globalization. Hospitality Ethics: Why visit? Why receive?