The UNTWO Plan 88th Session in Argentina

The 88th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) General Assembly is scheduled to be held on June 6-8, 2010 in the Puerto Iguazú zone of Argentina, hosted by Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. The heritage and wealth of these three countries will be one of the subjects explored in the three-day conference.

The United Nations formed the World Tourism Organization from parent organizations, the International Congress of Official Tourist Traffic Associations and the International Union of Official Travel Organizations. The UN appendage was later added to counter confusion between the World Tourism Organization and the Geneva-based World Trade Organization.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) is responsible for international questions relating to all subjects of tourism. The UNTWO headquarters, based in Madrid, Spain, represents public commerce and compiles collections of tourism statistics and information. It maintains the World Tourism Ratings and keeps statistical data on comparisons in global tourism as the sector tracks the ebb and flow of international travel. The UNTWO is also a repository of information for tourists embarking on a new journey to a foreign nation or territory.

The UNTWO is comprised of about 154 countries, seven territories and an additional 350-affiliate member body. The body of the UNTWO represents local tourist authorities, educational institutions, the private sector and associations geared to the tourist trade. I

The specific agenda for this year’s session in Argentina has not yet been announced, but based on past assemblies; the UNTWO will address additional issues as diverse as tourism during an economic recession, climate change, tourism as alleviation of poverty and easing negative events in a country in terms of the social and environmental impacts on the tourist trade. It is also an opportunity for the members of the organization to hold and record official meetings and vote for various positions of authority within the UNTWO.

The UNTWO also promises to address the further implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, a standard of the Sustainable Tourism Gateway. The Global Code of Ethics establishes a healthy and far-reaching growth for businesses, countries and citizens while negating social and cultural impediments to global travel. The UNTWO is moving towards the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. These goals are universal and specific in eventually eradicating poverty and aid flourishing, sustainable development within international tourist traffic.