A History of the World Tourism Organization

Peter Shackleford
UNTWO World Tourism Organization, Spain

Product Details
08 Oct 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
392 pages - 152 x 229mm
Tourism and travel have been with us since time immemorial. However, with the onset of the industrial age and the use of railways, ships, motorcars, and aeroplanes, travelling possibilities—for both business and pleasure, domestic and international—were transformed. The annals of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) provide us with unmatched insights into this fascinating story, yet these archives have never been exhaustively exploited. 

The History of the World Tourism Organization takes us on a unique journey to explain how tourism has burgeoned between the early twentieth century and now. Drawing on the UNWTO’s regularly published tourism statistics, this book provides comprehensive discussions of the consequences of an unhindered flow of tourists; the consequent protection of natural assets; the safeguarding of tourism resources; how frontier formalities affect this sector; how tourism impacts on world trade; and the promotion of tourism to countries in economic decline. Collectively, these investigations offer an impartial understanding of modern tourism and its effects. 

This definitive overview of this major intergovernmental organization is a must-read for students and scholars of tourism and hospitality, and it is of interest to anyone concerned with the past, present, and future of this ever-evolving and fundamentally human practice.

Chapter 1. The International Union of Official Tourist Propaganda Organizations (IUOTPO) 1925 to 1940 
Chapter 2. The World Conference of National Tourist Organizations, London, October 1946 
Chapter 3. Developments in 1947 and 1948 
Chapter 4. The Term of Office of Secretary-General François Morin, 1948 to 1957 
Chapter 5. Enter Robert C. Lonati, IUOTO Secretary-General 
Chapter 6. Strengthening the IUOTO Secretariat, the Rome Conference of 1963 
Chapter 7. Follow-up to the Rome Conference
Chapter 8. “Factors which may call for a change in IUOTO’s status” 
Chapter 9. The Conference of Plenipotentiaries, Sofia, 1989 
Chapter 10.The road to Mexico City, 1970 
Chapter 11. Adoption of the UNWTO Statutes 
Chapter 12. IUOTO in transition 
Chapter 13. The search for a Headquarters 
Chapter 14. The move to Madrid 
Chapter 15. The World Tourism Conference, 1980 
Chapter 16. The World Tourism Meeting and the Visit to Headquarters of Pope John Paul II 
Chapter 17. The Tenth Anniversary and Winds of Change 
Chapter 18. The Good Intentions of Dr. Willibald Pahr 
Chapter 19. The Legacy of Cancún 
Chapter 20. 1992, an Anniversary Year 
Chapter 21. The Second Term of Antonio Enríquez Savignac 
Chapter 22. Francesco Frangialli becomes Secretary-General ad interim 
Chapter 23. One Assessment, Nine Major Challenges 
Chapter 24. The World Tourism Organization becomes a UN Specialized Agency 
Chapter 25. Francesco Frangialli’s Third Term 
Chapter 26. Turning a new page - Dr. Taleb Rifai takes charge 2010-2017 
Chapter 27. The Challenges ahead 
Afterword: A personal contribution from Francesco Frangialli
Peter Shackleford was recruited into the International Union of Official Travel Organizations (the predecessor to the UNWTO) in January 1968 and was subsequently promoted to Head of Research at the Madrid headquarters. He then served as Chief for the European region, and finally as Director of Finance and Administration until his retirement.

Francesco Frangialli was elected UNWTO Secretary General for three terms of office (from September 1996 to February 2009), during which time he witnessed first-hand the excitement of international election periods.

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