Barbados and Samoa join UNWTO

PR No.: PR15061

The 21st UNWTO General Assembly has welcomed Barbados and Samoa as new Full Members of the Organization, bringing its member count to 158 (MedellĂ­n, Colombia, 14 September 2015).

As for the majority of their fellow Small Island Developing States (SIDS), tourism is the main economic activity for both Barbados and Samoa, creating a significant amount of job opportunities and bringing in important income and foreign exchange earnings.

“We very much welcome  Barbados and Samoa as UNWTO Full Members. Their decision to join is a clear testimonial of the importance of tourism for island states, and I look forward to working even closer together to raise awareness of the unique relationship between sustainable tourism development and socio-economic prosperity in SIDS”, said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.

Useful links:
Tourism in Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) – Building a more sustainable future for the people of islands (available in English)

UNWTO Communications & Publications Programme
Tel: (+34) 91 567 8100 / Fax: +34 91 567 8218


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