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World Tourism Organisation

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 13 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what role the UK plays in the UN World Tourism Organisation. (310123)

[holding answer 11 January 2010]: The UK currently has no formal role in the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), but we continue to keep membership under review in relation to the delivery of our strategic priorities and objectives for tourism.

I attended the World Tourism Trade Market hosted by the UNWTO in November. My officials and I also have regular bilateral meetings with tourism representatives from other countries in order to support and promote tourism in the UK and abroad. Our engagement with world tourism is also facilitated by VisitBritain's membership of the European Travel Commission, World Travel and Tourism Council and Pacific and Asia Travel Association.