Specialised company of the United Nations

The World Tourism Group (UNWTO) is the United Nations specialised company entrusted with the promotion of accountable, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It’s the main worldwide group within the area of tourism, which promotes tourism as a driver of financial development, inclusive growth and environmental sustainability and affords the sector management and help in advancing information and tourism insurance policies worldwide. It serves as a worldwide discussion board for tourism coverage points and a sensible supply of tourism analysis and information. It encourages the implementation of the International Code of Ethics for Tourism[1] to maximise the contribution of tourism to socio-economic growth, whereas minimizing its attainable unfavourable impacts, and is dedicated to selling tourism as an instrument in attaining the United Nations Sustainable Improvement Targets (SDGs), geared in the direction of eliminating poverty and fostering sustainable growth and peace worldwide.

UNWTO generates market information, promotes aggressive and sustainable tourism insurance policies and devices, fosters tourism schooling and coaching, and works to make tourism an efficient software for growth by way of technical help initiatives in over 100 nations all over the world.

UNWTO’s membership consists of 158 nations, six territories and over 500 affiliate members representing the personal sector, academic establishments, tourism associations and native tourism authorities. Its headquarters are in Madrid, Spain.[2]

UNWTO concentrate on Sustainable Improvement, Competitiveness, Innovation & Digital Transformation, Ethics, Tradition & Social Duty, Technical Cooperation, UNWTO Academy, and Statistics. These seven components present extra info to assist folks perceive properly.[3]

Organizational goals[edit]

UNWTO headquarters, Madrid

The targets of the UNWTO are to advertise and develop sustainable tourism to contribute to financial growth, worldwide understanding, peace, prosperity and common respect for, and observance of, human rights and basic freedoms for all, with out distinction as to race, intercourse, language or faith. In pursuing these goals, UNWTO pays explicit consideration to the pursuits of creating nations within the area of tourism.[4]

Historical past[edit]

The origin of UNWTO stems again to 1925 when the primary worldwide congress of official vacationer organisations was held at The Hague. The congress continued to satisfy yearly and in 1930, it determined to kind a proper union, which in 1934 grew to become the Worldwide Union of Official Vacationer Publicity Organizations (IUOTPO).[5]

Following the top of the Second World Warfare and with worldwide journey numbers rising, the IUOTPO restructured itself into the Worldwide Union of Official Journey Organizations (IUOTO). A technical, non-governmental group, the IUOTO was made up of a mixture of nationwide vacationer organizations, business and client teams. The objectives and targets of the IUOTO had been to not solely promote tourism usually but additionally to extract the most effective out of tourism as a global commerce part and as an financial growth technique for creating nations.[6]

In direction of the top of the 1960s, the IUOTO realized the necessity for additional transformation to boost its function on a global degree. The 20th IUOTO basic meeting in Tokyo, 1967, declared the necessity for the creation of an intergovernmental physique with the required skills to perform on a global degree in cooperation with different worldwide businesses, particularly the United Nations. All through the existence of the IUOTO, shut ties had been established between the group and the United Nations (UN) and preliminary recommendations had the IUOTO turning into a part of the UN. Nonetheless, following the circulation of a draft conference, consensus held that any resultant intergovernmental group must be intently linked to the UN however protect its “full administrative and monetary autonomy”.[7]

It was on the suggestions of the UN that the formation of the brand new intergovernmental tourism group was based mostly. Decision 2529 of the XXIVth UN basic meeting acknowledged:

In 1970, the IUOTO basic meeting voted in favor of forming the World Tourism Group (WTO).[8] Based mostly on statutes of the IUOTO, and after ratification by the prescribed 51 states, the WTO got here into operation on November 1, 1974.

Most lately, on the fifteenth basic meeting in 2003, the WTO basic council and the UN agreed to determine the WTO as a specialised company of the UN. The importance of this collaboration, WTO Secretary-Normal Mr. Francesco Frangialli claimed, would lie in “the elevated visibility it offers the WTO, and the popularity that can be accorded to [it]. Tourism can be thought of on an equal footing with different main actions of human society”.[9]

In 2004, UNWTO established the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, the implementation physique for the International Code of Ethics for Tourism (adopted in 1999).[10] The Committee, whose members are elected as a consequence of their skilled capacities quite than their nationalities or nation affiliations, promotes and disseminates the Code and evaluates and screens the implementation of its ideas. The Committee was completely headquartered in Rome in 2008.

Taleb Rifai of Jordan grew to become UNWTO Secretary-Normal in 2010. Below his mandate the Group launched Lodge Vitality Options (HES), a web-based software to assist lodges scale back their carbon footprint while rising income,[11] labored with Members on analysis on advantages of easing visa facilitation,[12] and forecast that in 2030 the variety of worldwide vacationers would attain 1.Eight billion.[13] It reached 1 billion in 2012.[14]

Taleb Rifai’s mandate has seen focus positioned on the folks concerned within the tourism expertise. Two publications underneath the title “Tourism Tales” had been launched compiling analysis and interviews with people working in tourism from all over the world.[15]

In 2014 the 69th session of the United Nations Normal Meeting adopted by consensus the decision entitled ‘Promotion of sustainable tourism, together with ecotourism,
for poverty eradication and surroundings safety’.[16] This was adopted in 2015 by the adoption of 2017 because the Worldwide 12 months of Sustainable Tourism for Improvement,[17] “Recognizing the vital function of sustainable tourism as a constructive instrument in the direction of the eradication of poverty, the safety of the surroundings, the advance of high quality of life and the financial empowerment of ladies and youth and its contribution to the three dimensions of sustainable growth, particularly in creating nations”. The United Nations additionally acknowledged tourism within the Sustainable Improvement Targets, authorised on the similar 70th Session of its Normal Meeting. Tourism is included as a goal in Targets 8, 12 and 14.[18]


  UNWTO member states

  UNWTO associates

  UNWTO observers

UNWTO member states sorted by their areas

Membership of the UNWTO consists of 158[19] states,[20] six territories (Flemish Group (1997), Puerto Rico (2002), Aruba (1987), Hong Kong (1999), Macau (1981), Madeira (1995)),[21] and two everlasting observers (Holy See (1979), Palestine (1999)). Seventeen state members have withdrawn from the group for various durations prior to now: Australia (citing poor worth for cash), Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada (Canada withdrew from the World Tourism Group when it appointed Robert Mugabe as a pacesetter in 2013), Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras, Kuwait, Latvia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, United Kingdom and Puerto Rico (as an affiliate member).[citation needed] The Netherlands Antilles was an affiliate member earlier than its dissolution.

Non-members are: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Comoros, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Finland, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Eire, Kiribati, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Tonga, Tuvalu, United Kingdom,
United States.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) rejoined the group in Might 2013, 26 years after having left UNWTO.[22]

Moreover, and uniquely for a United Nations specialised company, UNWTO has over 500 affiliate members, representing the personal sector, academic establishments, tourism associations and native tourism authorities, non-governmental entities with specialised pursuits in tourism, and business and non-commercial our bodies and associations with actions associated to the goals of UNWTO or falling inside its competence.



Normal Meeting[edit]

The Normal Meeting is the principal gathering of the World Tourism Group. It meets each two years to approve the funds and programme of labor and to debate matters of significant significance to the tourism sector. Each 4 years it elects a Secretary-Normal. The Normal Meeting consists of full members and affiliate members. Affiliate members and representatives of different worldwide organizations take part as observers.[24] The World Committee on Tourism Ethics is a subsidiary organ of the Normal Meeting.[25]

Govt Council[edit]

The Govt Council is UNWTO’s governing board, chargeable for guaranteeing that the Group carries out its work and adheres to its funds. It meets a minimum of twice a 12 months and consists of members elected by the Normal Meeting in a ratio of 1 for each 5 full members. As host nation of UNWTO’s headquarters, Spain has a everlasting seat on the Govt Council. Representatives of the affiliate members and affiliate members take part in Govt Council conferences as observers.[26]


Specialised committees of UNWTO members advise on administration and programme content material. These embrace: the Programme Committee, the Committee on Funds and Finance, the Committee on Statistics and the Tourism Satellite tv for pc Account, the Committee on Market and Competitiveness, the Sustainable Improvement of Tourism Committee, the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, the Committee on Poverty Discount and the Committee for the Evaluation of functions for affiliate membership.[27]


The Secretariat is chargeable for implementing UNWTO’s programme of labor and serving the wants of members and affiliate members. The group is led by Secretary-Normal, Zurab Pololikashvili of Georgia, who supervises about 110 full-time employees at UNWTO’s Madrid headquarters. The Secretariat additionally features a regional help workplace for Asia-Pacific in Osaka, Japan, financed by the Japanese Authorities,[28] and a liaison workplace in Geneva as UNWTO’s illustration to the UN System, the World Commerce Group, and different diplomatic organizations in Switzerland.[29]

Official languages[edit]

The official languages of UNWTO are Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.[30][31]


Visa Openness Report

UNWTO analysis concluded that, by bettering visa processes and entry formalities, G20 economies might increase their worldwide vacationer numbers by 122 million, tourism exports by US$2016 billion and employment by 5 million.[32]

The Group’s newest UNWTO Visa Openness Report, printed in 2016, exhibits the very best ever share of worldwide vacationers not requiring a visa to journey – 39% in contrast with 23% in 2008.[33] The report concluded that the 30 nations whose residents had been least affected by visa restrictions in 2015 had been (based mostly on the information compiled by the UNWTO, based mostly on info from nationwide official establishments):[34]

Least restricted residents
Rank Nation Mobility index (out of 215 with no visa weighted by 1, visa on arrival weighted by 0.7, eVisa by 0.5 and conventional visa weighted by 0)
1  Denmark,  Finland,  Germany,  Italy,  Luxembourg,  Singapore,  United Kingdom 160
8  France,  Japan  Netherlands,  South Korea,  Sweden,  United States 159
14  Belgium,  Canada,  Eire,  Norway,  Portugal,  Spain,   Switzerland 158
21  Austria,  Greece,  Malta 157
24  Czech Republic,  New Zealand 156
26  Hungary,  Iceland,  Malaysia 155
29  Australia,  Slovakia 154

See additionally[edit]


  1. ^ “International Code of Ethics for Tourism”. unwto.org. World Tourism Group. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  2. ^ “The place we’re”. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  3. ^ “House | UNWTO”. www.unwto.org. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
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  5. ^ Schipper, Frank; Tchoukarine, Igor; Bechmann Pedersen, Sune (2018). The Historical past of the European Journey Fee 1948-2018 (PDF). Brussels: European Journey Fee. pp. 14–16. ISBN 978-92-95107-20-5.
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  10. ^ “World Committee on Tourism Ethics – Ethics and Social Duty”. ethics.unwto.org.
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  12. ^ “Facilitation of Vacationer Journey – Resilience of Tourism Improvement”. rcm.unwto.org.
  13. ^ Tourism In direction of 2030 / International Overview – Advance version offered at UNWTO 19th Normal Meeting – 10 October 2011 – World Tourism Group. 2011. doi:10.18111/9789284414024. ISBN 9789284414024.
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  15. ^ “Tourism Tales – World Tourism Group UNWTO”. www2.unwto.org.
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  19. ^ “Who we’re | World Tourism Group UNWTO”.
  20. ^ “Member States”. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  21. ^ territories or teams of territories not chargeable for their exterior relations however whose membership is authorised by the state assuming accountability for his or her exterior relations.
  22. ^ “The United Arab Emirates joins the World Tourism Group – World Tourism Group UNWTO”. media.unwto.org.
  23. ^ “UNWTO Govt Council recommends Zurab Pololikashvili for Secretary-Normal for the interval 2018-2021 – World Tourism Group UNWTO”. media.unwto.org.
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  28. ^ “UNWTO Secretary-Normal welcomes Japan’s help for tourism when assembly with Prime Minister Abe – World Tourism Group UNWTO”. media.unwto.org.
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  30. ^ “Chinese language to develop into official language of World Tourism Group”. Minsk: Belarusian Telegraph Company. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
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  32. ^ The Affect of Visa Facilitation on Job Creation within the G20 Economies: Report ready for the 4th T20 Ministers’ Assembly, Mexico, 15–16 Might 2012. 2012. doi:10.18111/9789284414727. ISBN 9789284414727.
  33. ^ Visa openness report 2015. 2016. doi:10.18111/9789284417384. ISBN 9789284417384.
  34. ^ “Visa Openness Report 2016” (PDF). World Tourism Group. Retrieved 17 January 2016.

Additional studying[edit]

  • Jafari, J. (1974). Creation of the intergovernmental world tourism group. Annals of Tourism Analysis, 2, (5), 237–245.
  • United Nations Normal Meeting. (1969). Normal meeting – twenty fourth session.
  • United Nations World Tourism Group. (2007). About UNWTO.
  • World Tourism Group. (2003). WTO information, 2003 (3). Madrid: World Tourism Group.
  • “World Tourism Group modifications its abbreviation to UNWTO”. UNWTO Press and Communications. 1 December 2005. Retrieved four March 2008.

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