UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism.

As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development, and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in promoting knowledge and tourism policies globally.

UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism’s socio-economic effects while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and has a commitment toward promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development worldwide.

UNWTO produces market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and tools, boosts tourism education and training, and acts to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in more than 100 countries around the world.

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