Governing Bodies

Governing Bodies

The bodies of the World Tourism Organization are the:

General Assembly

General Assembly

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.

General Assembly

Regional Commissions

Regional Commissions

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.

Regional Commissions

Executive Council

Executive Council

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.

Executive Council

Committees

Committees

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.

Committees

Secretariat

Secretariat

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. ‎