UN’S man­ual lists eti­quette for tourists SOME TIPS FROM THE UN HAND­BOOK

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Learn to speak a few words in the lo­cal lan­guage and make sure your pur­chase isn’t made with en­dan­gered plants or an­i­mals. Th­ese are some of the tips from the United Na­tions World Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s new ‘Travel. En­joy. Re­spect’ hand­book. It is part of a global public aware­ness pro­gram that comes with a man­ual on how to be a re­spon­si­ble tourist. The launch comes amid a tourism cri­sis in Europe this sum­mer, where lo­cals across Spain and Italy have been stag­ing anti-tourism protests in re­sponse to un­sus­tain­able vis­i­tor num­bers, and in­ci­dents of tourists be­hav­ing badly there. Vis­i­tors to Barcelona are be­ing greeted with mes­sages like “Tourists go home” and “Stop de­stroy­ing our lives” pasted onto lamp posts and scrib­bled on walls. In a bid to curb acts of hooli­gan­ism and re­store ci­vil­ity in their streets, Ital­ian cities like Rome, Turin, Florence and Mi­lan have re­sorted to bans on every­thing from out­door drink­ing af­ter night­fall, Hon­our your hosts.

Al­ways ask be­fore tak­ing pho­to­graphs of other peo­ple.

Ac­cess only the places open to vis­i­tors.

Buy lo­cally-made hand­crafts and prod­ucts.

Re­search well be­fore en­gag­ing into vol­un­tourism.

Ob­serve na­tional laws and reg­u­la­tions. Re­spect hu­man rights and chil­dren’s right. food trucks and street hawk­ers to eat­ing and drink­ing near historic foun­tains. “When­ever you travel, wher­ever you travel, re­mem­ber to re­spect na­ture, re­spect cul­ture, and re­spect your host. You can be the change you want to see in the world,” said UNWTO Sec­re­tary-gen­eral, Taleb Ri­fai in a state­ment.

PHOTO: IMAGES BAZAAR

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