13 Dec 2004

New code calls on New Zealanders to act responsibly while on holiday in the Pacific

8:25 pm on 13 December 2004

New Zealanders travelling to the Pacific on holiday are being encouraged to learn more about the places they visit.

This is one of the seven key points of the Responsible Tourism Code launched in Wellington today.

Pacific Islands MP Winnie Laban says that while tourists provide a sustainable source of income, the code asks them to think about their impact on the environment and local community.

"The benefits of the code, remind us of how important our relationship is in a number of contexts. First of all as tourists in the way we spend our money the decisions that we make when we visit say the islands, our responsibility with the environment to treat it like our own homes and to behave in a culturally respectful way."