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UNWTO – World Tourism Organization

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (Specialized Agencies) and the leading international organization in the field of tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues. In 1934 the Congress became the International Union of Official Tourist Propaganda Organizations (IUOTPO). In 1946, with international travel numbers increasing, the IUOTPO restructured itself into the International Union of Official Travel Organizations (IOUTO) as a technical non-governmental organization. UNWTO helps its members participate in tourism as one of the worlds largest industries. UNWTOs programme of work includes among others: competitiveness and trade in tourism services, development assistance, education and knowledge management, and sustainable development of tourism.

Keywords: development of tourism; IUOTPO; UNWTO; World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)



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