About the Open Letter on Travel and Tourism

It is undeniable that in spite of its growing relevance and proven contribution to GDP (3% to 5% worldwide), jobs (7% to 8% of all jobs) and exports (30% of the world’s exports of services), Travel and Tourism still lacks due political and economic recognition.

In this framework, UNWTO and WTTC have decided to join hands in their common goal of mainstreaming Travel and Tourism in the global agenda and position tourism as a driver of economic growth and development.

UNWTO and WTTC will present an Open Letter to Heads of State and Government worldwide, highlighting the importance of Travel and Tourism. In turn, Heads of State and Government will accept this letter in acknowledgement of the relevance of travel and tourism in facing today’s global challenges.

Latest news

28 Jan 15
Press Release
Prime Minister of Spain receives UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
Prime Minister Rajoy accepted the Letter from UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and the President and CEO of WTTC, David Scowsill, on the occasion of the Spain Global Tourism Forum held in Madrid...
19 Dec 14
Press Release
Prime Minister of Albania receives UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
The UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism calls upon heads of State and Government worldwide to acknowledge tourism's key role in delivering a more sustainable and balanced growth and to...
20 Nov 14
Press Release
Oman commits to fully seize tourism’s potential for socio-economic advancement
The government of the Sultanate of Oman recognizes tourism’s important contribution to job creation, heritage conservation and community development, as well as its ability to promote cross-cultural...
03 Nov 14
Press Release
Head of the Government of Morocco receives UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
The UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter calls on government leaders worldwide to acknowledge tourism's key role in delivering a more sustainable and balanced growth and to prioritize the sector in national...
03 Nov 14
Press Release
Paraguay commits to fostering development through tourism
“Paraguay commits to continue strengthening tourism, a sector that contributes to improve the quality of life of our people”, said the acting President of Paraguay, H.E. Vice President Juan Eudes...