United Nations World Tourism Organisation

In 2003, Lithuania was the first of the Baltic States to accede to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (hereinafter referred to as the 'UNWTO’). The UNWTO Articles of Association were ratified by Order No. IX-1742 of 23 September 2003 in Mexico on 27 September 1970.

The UNWTO is an intergovernmental international organisation, established in 1970, after the reorganisation of the International Union of Official Tourism Organisations. The mission of the UNWTO is to promote and develop tourism as an important tool stimulating peace and understanding, economic development and international trade. The UNWTO seeks to contribute through tourism to economic growth, international understanding, peace, welfare and respect as well as observance of human rights, irrespective of their race, gender, language or religion.

The Organisation maintains relations with the respective UN institutions and specialised agencies, cooperates efficiently in implementing UN development programmes, and participates in the activities of the UN organisation. The most significant directions of UNWTO policy formation are as follows: promotion of sustainable tourism development, tourism surveys, collection of statistical data, promotion of economic development, trade liberalisation, public and private partnership, improvement of the quality of tourism services, activation of tourism activity in regions, and the organisation of training courses, seminars, conferences, etc.

The UNWTO unites full members, associated members and observers. Only sovereign states may be full members, associated members can be all areas or groups thereof, which are not responsible for their external relations, and observers may be international inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, commercial organisations, and associations.

During the period from 2007-2011 Lithuania served as the representative of the European region in the UNWTO Committee on Market and Competitiveness. In 2011, UAB Achemos Grupė became an observer at the UNWTO.

From 2015, Lithuania acts as Vice-Chair of the Regional Commission for Europe and is a member of the Committee of Tourism and Sustainability.

From 2018, Lithuania is a member of the Executive Council of the UNWTO for the period of 2018-2021.

The UNWTO office is situated in Madrid.

Last updated: 09-09-2020