World Tourism Organization (WTO)
Linked to UNEP, WTO is the leading
intergovernmental organisation in tourism. Headquartered in Madrid, WTO is
entrusted by 133 countries and territories with the promotion and development of
tourism. WTO's mission is to develop tourism as a significant means of fostering
international peace and understanding, economic development and international
trade. With an affiliate membership of over 300, WTO is the only
intergovernmental organisation open to operating sector. It provides a vital
forum for governments and the industry to meet and address issues of common
interest and concern.
- Cooperation for development. Advice and assistance to
governments on a wide range of tourism issues including master plans and
feasibility studies, investment needs and technology transfer to marketing and
promotion - over 582 technical cooperation missions and 134
- Education & Training. A strategic framework for the
organisation of tourism education and training including courses on educating
the educators, short terms and distance learning courses and a growing network
of WTO Education and Training Centres.
- Environment & Planning. WTO is working for sustainable
tourism development and the translation of environmental concerns into
practical measures. WTO participates in forums such as the Earth Summit in Rio
de Janeiro and the Globe Seminars in Canada.
- Quality of Tourism Services. Liberalisation, health and
safety reflect the broad and inter-connected range of issues related to
improving the quality of tourism services. WTO is working towards the removal
of barriers to tourism and is encouraging the liberalisation of trade in
- Statistic & Market Research. WTO is the foremost centre
for the collection, analysis and dissemination of tourism data from over 180
countries and territories. WTO continuously monitors and analyses trends
around the world. A comprehensive series of publications is produced for
Members and the industry.
- Communications & Documentation. WTO's Communications
section acts as a publishing unit and press contact point for the
Organisation. WTO's Documentation Centre houses a wide range of tourism
research and information sources.
undertook an interpretation of Agenda 21 for the travel and tourism industry (in
partnership with WTTC) in 1995 and has completed a programme to develop a set of
indicators for sustainable development within the travel and tourism industry.
They have also produced a Charter for Sustainable
Publications include 'WTO News' every two
months and the annual 'Statistical Year Book'. For more details, visit the
website or contact the address
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World Tourism Organisation (WTO)
Capitan Haya 42, 28020 Madrid,
+ 34 1 567 8100 Facsimile
+ 34 1 571 0757