Board Electoral Office

BOARD OF AFFILIATE MEMBERS

The Affiliate Members form an integral part of UNWTO membership with the objective of contributing to sustainable global tourism, in which knowledge and innovation are applied to making tourism more responsible and competitive, in accordance with the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Organizational Structure

Affiliate Members have the status of Member of the World Tourism Organization in accordance with the Statutes of UNWTO and as explained in the Rules of Procedures of the Committee of the Affiliate Members available on page 81 of the aformentionned publication.

The organs of the Committee of the Affiliate Members are:

  • The Plenary: The organ in which all Affiliate Members are represented, and shall be composed of all the membership, each having voice and vote. For more information, please refer to Article 6, Chapter 2 on page 70 of the Statutes of UNWTO.
  • The Board of the Affiliate Members:  The Board of the Affiliate Members acts as an advisory body to the UNWTO Secretary-General, responsible for the alignment of its members to the goals, mission and general programme of work of UNWTO as well as the design and implementation of the programme of work of the Affiliate Members.

Board of the Affiliate Members

The Board of the Affiliate Members is an advisory body to the Secretary-General whose main functions are:

1. The integration and contribution of the Affiliate Members to the goals, mission and the general programme of work of UNWTO; and

2. The design of the strategy, as well as to approve the draft programme of work and follow up on its implementation, and integration in the general programme of work of UNWTO.

Every two years, the Affiliate Members elect 12 Regional Members (exclusively by the Affiliate Members from the respective regions) and 8 Members of the Board of the Affiliate Members. Meanwhile, three Members of the Board of the Affiliate Members are designated by the Secretary-General. This Board is also chaired by one of its members, who is elected in accordance with Article 8(8) of these Rules of Procedure.

For the purpose of the composition and activities of the Board of the Affiliate Members and the election of its 12 Regional Members, the six UNWTO regions are Africa, the Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

The Board of the Affiliate Members meets at least twice a year, with each meeting being convened with at least a two months' notice, and with the provisional agenda established by the Secretary-General in consultation with the Chairman of the Board.

Board of Affiliate Members 2019-2021

Chair: FITUR – Mrs. Ana Larrañaga, Director, Exhibition Business Unit (Spain)
First Vice-Chair: The George Washington University (United States of America)
Second Vice-Chair: Chameleon Strategies (Thailand)

See the full list of Board members