The General Assembly is the principal gathering of the World Tourism Organization.

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. 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.

Sessions, documents and decisions:

Session Venue Date
XXV Samarkand, Uzbekistan 16-20 October 2023
  First Extraordinary Session of the General Assembly, Madrid - Spain 27-28 April 2022
XXIV Madrid, Spain 30 November - 3 December 2021
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