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World Tourism Organization Building in Madrid

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is a United Nations agency dealing with questions relating to tourism. Its headquarters are in Madrid, Spain. It compiles the World Tourism Rankings. The World Tourism Organisation is undoubtedly the most significant global body concerned with the collection and collation of statistical information on international tourism. This organisation represents public sector tourism bodies from most countries in the world and the publication of its data makes possible comparisons of the flow and growth of tourism on a global scale. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1920x2560, 2219 KB) Description: World Tourism Organization Subject: City: Madrid Country : Spain Photographer: © Manuel González Olaechea y Franco Shot date : November, 1st , 2005 File links The following pages link to this file: World Tourism Organization Metadata This file contains additional... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1920x2560, 2219 KB) Description: World Tourism Organization Subject: City: Madrid Country : Spain Photographer: © Manuel González Olaechea y Franco Shot date : November, 1st , 2005 File links The following pages link to this file: World Tourism Organization Metadata This file contains additional... The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ... Tourists at Oahu island, Hawaii Tourism is the act of travel for predominantly recreational or leisure purposes, and also refers to the provision of services in support of this act. ... Location Coordinates : 40° 23’N , 3°43′0″W Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Villa de Madrid (Spanish) Spanish name Villa de Madrid Founded 9th century Postal code 28001-28080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 91 (Madrid) Website http://www. ... The World Tourism Organization compiles the World Tourism Rankings. ...


History

The World Tourism Organization originated as the International Congress of Official Tourist Traffic Associations, which was set up in 1925 in The Hague. After World War II, it was renamed the International Union of Official Travel Organisations (IUOTO) and moved to Geneva. IUOTO was a technical, non-governmental organization, whose membership at its peak included 109 national tourist organizations and 88 associate members, among them private and public groups in the world. 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Arms of The Hague Flag of The city of The Hague. ... Combatants Allied Powers: United Kingdom France Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Charles de Gaulle Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33... Geneva (pronunciation //; French: Genève //, German:   //, Italian: Ginevra, Romansh: Genevra) is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich), and is the most populous city of Romandy (the French-speaking part of Switzerland). ...


In 1967, the members of IUOTO called for its transformation into an intergovernmental body empowered to deal on a worldwide basis with all matters concerning tourism and to cooperate with other competent organizations, particularly those of the United Nations system, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). A resolution to the same effect was passed in December 1969 by the UN General Assembly, which laid out the central role the transformed IUOTO should play in the field of world tourism in cooperation with the existing bodies within the UN. Following this resolution, the WTO's statutes were ratified in 1974 by the states whose official tourist organizations had been members of IUOTO. The newly formed organization held its first General Assembly in Madrid in May 1975. The Secretariat was installed in Madrid early the following year at the invitation of the Spanish government, which provides a building for the headquarters. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, acting as a coordinating authority on international public health, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. ... UNESCO logo UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ... The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an agency of the United Nations, codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth. ... United Nations General Assembly The United Nations General Assembly is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Location Coordinates : 40° 23’N , 3°43′0″W Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Villa de Madrid (Spanish) Spanish name Villa de Madrid Founded 9th century Postal code 28001-28080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 91 (Madrid) Website http://www. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ...


In 1976, WTO became an executing agency of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In 1977, a formal cooperation agreement was signed with the United Nations itself. In 2003, the WTO was converted into a specialized agency of the United Nations. As of 2005, its membership included 145 countries, seven territories and some 350 affiliate members, representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities. The frequent confusion between the two WTOs – World Tourism Organization and the Geneva-based World Trade Organization – officially ended on 1 December 2005, when the General Assembly approved to add the letters UN (for United Nations) to the start of abbreviation of the leading international tourism body in English and in Russian [1]. UNWTO abbreviation remains OMT in French and Spanish. UNWTO General Assembly concluded its work at its 16th session in Dakar, Senegal, on 2 December 2005. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... The United Nations Development Programe (UNDP), the United Nations global development network, is the largest multilateral source of development assistance in the world. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


See also

[1] It was at its third session (Torremolinos, Spain, September 1979), that the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) decided to institute, commencing in the year 1980, WORLD TOURISM DAY is to be commemorated on 27 September each year by appropriate events on themes selected by the General...

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World Tourism Organization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (430 words)
The World Tourism Organization originated as the International Congress of Official Tourist Traffic Associations, which was set up in 1925 in The Hague.
A resolution to the same effect was passed in December 1969 by the UN General Assembly, which laid out the central role the transformed IUOTO should play in the field of world tourism in cooperation with the existing bodies within the UN.
Following this resolution, the WTO's statutes were ratified in 1974 by the states whose official tourist organizations had been members of IUOTO.
About - The World Tourism Organization (1881 words)
WTO is working towards the removal of barriers to tourism and is encouraging the liberalization of trade in tourism services, meanwhile respecting the principles of sustainable development.
WTO has been actively involved for the preparation of the Johannesburg (Rio+10) Summit by producing a number of evaluation reports and organizing a side event that will be held on the topic "Poverty Eradication and Tourism".
World Ecotourism Summit in Quebec, Canada, May 2002: The conclusions and recommendations of these and other official preparatory conferences were submitted to the Summit, which is expected to be the largest ever gathering of all stakeholders involved in or impacted by ecotourism.
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