Tourism services are included in the new services negotiations that began in January 2000. The principles of trade in tourism services, as in all services, are contained in the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). DAKAR, SENEGAL, The frequent confusion between the two WTO – the World Tourism Organization and the Geneva-based World Trade Organization – officially ended today (Thursday) when the General Assembly agreed to add the letters UN (for the United Nations) to the beginning of the acronym of the leading international tourism association in English and Russian. UNWTO focuses on sustainable development, competitiveness, innovation and digital transformation, ethics, culture and social responsibility, technical cooperation, the UNWTO Academy and statistics. These seven parts provide more information to help people understand well.  According to the WTTC, between 7 and 19 million new jobs could be created in G20 countries alone by investing in biometrics and new airport infrastructure to make existing terminal facilities and processes more efficient, safer and more transparent for passengers. In addition, GDP related to travel and tourism grew 4.6% one and a half times faster than the global economy in 2017, and projections suggest that the sector will continue to outpace global economic growth. This joint communication follows previous publications by the four organisations in the field of tourism and trade, including: Taleb Rifai`s mandate focused on people involved in the tourism experience. Under the title „Tourism Stories“, two publications have been published that compile the results of research and interviews with people working in tourism around the world.  The Governing Body is the Governing Council of UNWTO, which is responsible for ensuring that the Organization carries out its work and respects its budget. It meets at least twice a year and is composed of members elected by the General Assembly in a report of one to five ordinary members.
As the host country of UNWTO Headquarters, Spain sits permanently on the Governing Body. Representatives of Associate Members and Affiliate Members attend meetings of the Executive Board as observers.  This Joint Communication, published at the same time as the WTO Public Forum 2018, aims to underline the importance of tourism while underlining the crucial role of the WTO in ensuring the smooth and predictable functioning of trade, including for the tourism sector. After the end of the Second World War and with the increase in the number of international trips, IUOTPO restructured itself into the International Union of Official Travel Organizations (IUOTO). IUOTO, a technical non-governmental organization, consisted of a combination of national tourism organizations, industry and consumer groups. The objectives of IUOTO were not only to promote tourism in general, but also to make the most of tourism as a component of international trade and as an economic development strategy for developing countries.  The Secretariat is responsible for implementing UNWTO`s programme of work and responding to the needs of members and affiliate members. The group is headed by Georgian Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, who oversees approximately 110 full-time staff at UNWTO headquarters in Madrid. The Secretariat also includes a regional support office for the Asia-Pacific region in Osaka, Japan, funded by the Government of Japan and a liaison office in Geneva as UNWTO`s representation to the United Nations system, the World Trade Organization and other diplomatic organizations in Switzerland.
 According to the World Tourism Organization, international tourist arrivals reached 1.23 billion in 2016, up from 674 million in 2000. Revenues reached a record high of $1.22 trillion and increased impressively from $495 billion in 2000. Revenue from international passenger transport (i.e. visitor exports) was estimated at $216 billion in 2016, bringing total international tourism revenues to $1.4 trillion, or nearly $4 billion per day. Its members include 138 countries and territories, as well as more than 350 affiliate members representing local governments, tourist boards and private sector companies, including airlines, hotel groups and tour operators. The Spanish WTO, based in Madrid, is an intergovernmental body entrusted by the United Nations with the promotion and development of tourism. In addition, for a specialized agency of the United Nations, UNWTO has more than 500 affiliate members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities, non-governmental entities with special interests in tourism, as well as commercial and non-commercial institutions and associations whose activities are related to or within the competence of UNWTO objectives. UNWTO`s latest visa openness report, published in 2016, shows the highest percentage of international tourists who do not need a visa to travel – 39% compared to 23% in 2008.  The report concluded that the 30 countries whose citizens were least affected by visa restrictions in 2015 (based on data compiled by UNWTO based on information from national official institutions) UNWTO members include 158 countries, six territories and more than 500 affiliate members that support the private sector, Educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities are represented. The head office is located in Madrid, Spain.  „All over the world, in countries at all stages of development, several million jobs and businesses depend on a strong and prosperous tourism sector. Tourism has also been a driving force in the protection of natural and cultural heritage and its preservation for future generations.
The World Tourism Organization is the only intergovernmental organization established to provide an appropriate framework for the international consideration of tourism policy issues as well as other issues of interest to the sector. Its global mission is to support the development of sustainable tourism that creates wealth, creates jobs and fosters better understanding among people around the world for all races and religions. As the third largest sector of international trade, accounting for 10.4% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and creating 313 million jobs worldwide, the tourism sector contributes significantly to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Only behind chemicals and fuels and before automotive products and 30% of world services exports. In many developing countries, tourism is the leading export category (UNWTO World Tourism Highlights, 2018 edition). In 1970, the OIE General Assembly voted to create the World Tourism Organisation (WTO).  On the basis of the IUOTO Statutes and after ratification by the 51 prescribed States, the WTO entered into force on 1 November 1974. Today, we reaffirm our promise that as we move forward and work to build a more prosperous and peaceful world through tourism, we will leave no one behind. One of the wto`s most important tasks is to serve as a permanent source of information for its Members and the international community. The WTO is doing this in part through its extensive publication programme and the recently launched programme for electronic products. The wide range of these products corresponds to the wide range of concerns of the organization and the needs of its members. The International Trade Centre is the joint organization of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.
ITC helps small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries and countries with economies in transition become more competitive in global markets and thus contribute to sustainable economic development within the framework of the Aid for Trade programme and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For more information, see www.intracen.org Founded in 1995, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only international organization that deals with global rules of trade between nations. Its main task is to ensure that exchanges take place in the most fluid, predictable and free way possible. The focus is on the WTO agreements, which have been negotiated and signed by the mass of the world`s trading nations and ratified by their parliaments. For more information, see www.wto.org Under the main theme „Trade 2030“, the sub-themes of the WTO Public Forum for 2018 are sustainable trade, technology-based trade and a more inclusive trading system. Projections to 2030 suggest that the tourism sector expects rapid and continued growth, with international tourist arrivals worldwide expected to grow by 3.3% per year to reach 1.8 billion by 2030, according to the UNWTO Tourism 2030 Long-Term Forecast Report. At the same time, the market share of emerging markets, which has already increased from 30% in 1980 to 45% in 2016, is expected to reach 57% by 2030, or more than one billion international tourist arrivals. The World Tourism Organization is the leading international organization in the field of travel and tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how. The General Assembly is the most important meeting of the World Tourism Organization.
It meets every two years to approve the budget and work programme and to discuss issues of crucial importance to the tourism sector. Every four years, it elects a Secretary-General. The General Assembly is composed of ordinary members and associate members. Affiliated members and representatives of other international organizations participate as observers.  The World Committee on Tourism Ethics is a subsidiary body of the General Assembly.  The WTO is essentially an alternative dispute settlement or mediation body that respects international rules of trade between nations […].