UNWTO is United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
UNWTO is a leading international organization in the field of tourism, which promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development, and environmental sustainability.
UNWTO membership includes 156 countries, 6 territories and over 500 affiliate members representing the private sector, tourism associations, and local tourism authorities etc.
UNWTO was formed in 1975. Its headquarters are located in Madrid, Spain.
At present, UNWTO is headed by Zurab Pololikashvili.
UNWTO offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and practical source of tourism knowledge.
UNWTO encourages implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism to maximize the contribution of tourism to socio-economic development while minimizing its possible negative impacts.
UNWTO is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), geared towards eliminating poverty and fostering sustainable development and peace