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World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

by Khristine Custodio last modified Nov 19, 2013 09:19 AM
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It promotes the protection of fresh and marine water ecosystems and destinations through tourism principles anchored on environmental sustainability.


UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world.

It maximizes tourism’s socio-economic contribution towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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UNWTO promulgates, implements, and supports sustainable tourism development guidelines and management practices that are applicable to all types of destinations. It espouses sustainability principles that takes into consideration the environmental, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development to guarantee its long-term sustainability.

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World Tourism Organization
Capitán Haya 42
28020 Madrid, Spain

+34 91 567 81 00
+34 91 571 37 33



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