The bodies of the World Tourism Organization are the:
The General Assembly is the principal gathering of the World Tourism Organization. It meets every two years to approve the budget and programme of work and to debate topics of vital importance to the tourism sector. Every four years it elects a Secretary-General. The General Assembly is composed of Full Members and Associate Members. Affiliate Members and representatives of other international organizations participate as observers.
The World Committee on Tourism Ethics is a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly.
The General Assembly is the supreme organ of UNWTO. Its ordinary sessions are held every two years and is attended by delegates from UNWTO Full and Associate Members, as well as representatives from UNWTO Affiliate Members.
It is considered the most important global meeting of senior tourism officials and high-level representatives of the private sector.
|XXIII||Saint Petersburg Russia||September 2019|
|XXII||Chengdu, China||September 2017|
|XXI||Medellín, Colombia||September 2015|
|XX||Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe||August 2013|
|XIX||Gyeongju, Republic of Korea||October 2011|
|XVIII||Astana, Kazakhstan||October 2009|
|XVII||Cartagena de Indias, Colombia||November 2007|
|XVI||Dakar, Senegal||November/December 2005|
|XV||Beijing, China||October 2003|
|XIV||Seoul, Republic of Korea/Osaka, Japan||September 2001|
|XIII||Santiago, Chile||September/October 1999|
|XII||Istanbul, Turkey||October 1997|
|XI||Cairo, Egypt||October 1995|
|X||Bali, Indonesia||October 1993|
|IX||Buenos Aires, Argentina||September/October 1991|
|VIII||Paris, France||August/September 1989|
|VII||Madrid, Spain||September/October 1987|
|VI||Sofia, Bulgaria||September 1985|
|V||New Delhi, India||October 1983|
|IV||Rome, Italy||September 1981|
|III||Torremolinos, Spain||September 1979|
|II||Torremolinos, Spain||May/June 1977|
|I||Madrid, Spain||May 1975|
UNWTO has six regional commissions-Africa, the Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and South Asia. The commissions meet at least once a year and are composed of all the Full Members and Associate Members from that region. Affiliate Members from the region participate as observers.
Established in 1975 as subsidiary organs of the General Assembly, the six Regional Commissions normally meet once a year. They enable member States to maintain contact with one another and with the Secretariat between sessions of the General Assembly, to which they submit their proposals and convey their concerns. Each Commission elects one Chairman and its Vice-Chairmen from among its Members for a term of two years commencing from one session to the next session of the Assembly.
UNWTO Commission for Africa (CAF)
Vice-Chairmen: Burkina Faso, Morocco
UNWTO Commission for the Americas (CAM)
Vice-Chairmen: Honduras, Paraguay
UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific (CAP)
Vice-Chairmen: Indonesia, Vanuatu
UNWTO Commission for Europe (CEU)
Vice-Chairmen: Rep. Moldova, Poland (2020)
UNWTO Commission for Middle East (CME)
Chairman: United Arab Emirates
Vice-Chairmen: Iraq, Yemen
UNWTO Commission for South Asia (CSA)
Vice-Chairmen: Bhutan, Sri Lanka
The Executive Council is UNWTO's governing board, responsible for ensuring that the Organization carries out its work and adheres to its budget. It meets at least twice a year and is composed by Members elected by the General Assembly in a ratio of one for every five Full Members. As host country of UNWTO´s Headquarters, Spain has a permanent seat on the Executive Council. Representatives of the Associate Members and Affiliate Members participate in Executive Council meetings as observers.
Officers for 2020
First Vice-Chair: Italy
Second Vice-Chair: Cabo Verde
The Executive Council's task is to take all necessary measures, in consultation with the Secretary-General, for the implementation of its own decisions and recommendations of the Assembly and report thereon to the Assembly.
The Council meets at least twice a year.
The Council consists of Full Members elected by the Assembly in the proportion of one Member for every five Full Members, in accordance with the Rules of Procedure laid down by the Assembly with a view to achieving fair and equitable geographical distribution.
The term of office of Members elected to the Council is four years and elections for one-half of the Council membership are held every two years. Spain is a Permanent Member of the Executive Council.
The Council elects one Chair and two Vice-Chairs from among its Members.
Specialized committees of UNWTO Members advise on management and programme content. These include: the Programme and Budget Committee, the Committee on Statistics and the Tourism Satellite Account, the Committee on Tourism and Competitiveness, the Committee on Tourism and Sustainability, the World Committee on Tourism Ethics and the Committee for the Review of Applications for Affiliate Membership.
The specialized committees are subsidiary organs of the UNWTO Executive Council; except the World Committee on Tourism Ethics which is a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly, and their role is to advise on management and programme content.
The Secretariat is led by Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili from Georgia, who supervises about 110 full-time staff at UNWTO's Madrid Headquarters. These officials are responsible for implementing UNWTO's programme of work and serving the needs of Members. The Affiliate Members are supported by a full-time Executive Director at the Madrid Headquarters. The Secretariat also includes a regional support office for Asia-Pacific in Nara, Japan, financed by the Japanese Government. The official languages of UNWTO are Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.