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World Tourism Organization

Countries of the world are getting closer every day through international cooperation through tourism e.g the countries may agree on common standards international codes and practices. The is organization make inter country comparisons on classes of hotels share tourist knowledge experience try to learn from each another on best practice on how to learn institutions. The corroboration can take place through transfer of technology, whereby the north which is more technologically advanced assist the South with technological expertise. The sharing can be mutual with the south contributing indigenous knowledge.  People in the south should also share technical methods e.g. if South Africa has a better way of running their park. The corroboration though inter government cooperation can be multilateral or unilateral. Examples of major intergovernmental organization are:-

  •   UNESCO – United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization
  •   UNEP -      United Nations Environmental Programmes
  •   The World Bank
  •   ILO - International Labour Organization
  •   WWF – World Wildlife Fund
  •   WTO – World Tourist Organization

These are the main organizations involved indirectly or directly. The WTO is directly related to tourism and its headquarter is in Madrid Spain. The origin of the World Tourism Organization goes back to 1925. The body is concerned with the collection and collation of statistical information on international tourism. The World Tourism Organization plays a role in promoting the development of responsible, ‎sustainable and universally accessible tourism, paying particular attention to the ‎interests of developing countries‎.

The Organization encourages the implementation ‎of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, with a view to ensuring that member ‎countries, tourist destinations and businesses maximize the positive economic, ‎social and cultural effects of tourism and fully reap its benefits, while minimizing its ‎negative social and environmental impacts. UNWTO is committed to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, geared ‎toward reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development.


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ASTA is an association of travel professionals and the companies whose products they sell, providing education, training, representation, and advoca Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism An industry driven responsible tourism initiative in collaboration with ECPAT International, funded by UNICEF and supported by the UNWTO  Logo Plaxo


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