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09 February 2012
9 Feb 2012 -

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations specialized agency, is the leading international organization with the decisive and central role in promoting the development ofresponsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practicalsource of tourism know-how. Its membership includes 154 countries, 7 territories, 2 permanent observers and over 400 Affiliate Members.

Cooperation between WYSE Travel Confederation & United Nations World Tourism Organization

The World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE Travel Confederation) is a long standing Affiliate Member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).  In recent years our cooperation has taken a variety of forms, one of the most notable being the joint production of the publication Youth Travel Matters – Understanding the Global Phenomenon of Youth Travel in 2008.

This compendium of our combined research drew attention to the unique motivations of young travellers, and the compelling potential of this vibrant market segment. Since then, the story has gone from strength to strength and earlier this year we came together again to develop an initiative to spotlight this potential to governments, official tourism organisations and business leaders.

Joint publication – The Power of Youth Travel

In this report you will find a collection of case studies from the private sector that reflect the knowledge and expertise of the industry in meeting the needs of their young, dynamic customers. There are also excellent examples from industry associations and agencies of how developing partnerships, creating joint strategies with government and tourism authorities and building the capacity for youth travel makes a demonstrable difference in both social and economic terms to global development.

UNWTO Affiliate Members bring together over 400 companies, educational & research institutions, destinations and NGOs whose activities are related to tourism and which contribute to the UNWTO their knowledge and expertise to promote the development of tourism that’s responsible, sustainable and accessible foreveryone. Over 80 countries are represented among the AffiliateMembers, the world’s premier forum for exchanging tourism knowledge.
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