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United Nations World Tourism Organization Seeking New Affiliate Members

United Nations World Tourism Organization Seeking New Affiliate Members ( Private-sector travel organizations can reap benefits of global network and expertise

Private-sector tourism companies interested in becoming part of the leading international tourism organization are encouraged by EnCirca to join the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). EnCirca was recently elected as a Board Member of the UNWTO Affiliate Council during the UNWTO General Assembly 17th Session in Cartagena, Colombia.

One of the UNWTO’s major initiatives in 2008 is to recruit new Affiliate members interested in leadership initiatives to evolve the world to more responsible tourism growth while ensuring social progress, job ‎creation, and poverty alleviation for local economies.

The UNWTO is a specialized agency of the United ‎Nations, serving as a ‎global forum for tourism policy issues, and a practical source of tourism know-how. Its membership includes 157 countries and territories, and more than 300 Affiliate ‎Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations, ‎and local tourism authorities.

“UNWTO provides members the opportunity to network with their peers and access the organization’s thought leadership on the tourism industry,” says Thomas Barrett, President of EnCirca, a leading domain name Registrar for the travel industry. “In addition, participation in UNWTO is a great way for companies to jump-start their commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.”

As tourism businesses respond to an increasingly complex and competitive environment, they recognize that embracing the ideals of Corporate Social Responsibility will result in long-term financial and operational success. UNWTO is dedicated to promoting and aiding Affiliate members in the development of their Corporate Social Responsibility platforms, to ensure that members’ business processes produce a positive impact on their community.

UNWTO plays a catalytic role in promoting technology transfers and international cooperation, in stimulating and developing public-private sector partnerships, and in encouraging the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, with a view to ensuring that countries, tourist destinations, and businesses maximize the positive economic, social, and cultural effects of tourism, while minimizing its negative social and environmental impacts.
Affiliate membership in the UNWTO offers a chance to participate in the forefront of international tourism business and policy. Members benefit from increased exposure and visibility and gain access to all UNWTO meetings and seminars. As a UNWTO Affiliate Member, companies and organizations will be able to:
• Access to UNWTO's extensive information networks
• Explore partnerships for specific projects and new business opportunities
• Contribute to policy inputs through participation in specific UNWTO working committees with Member States
• Contribute to UNWTO program development for projects, events and other activities
• Share your institution or company knowledge/expertise
• Network with leading business decision makers and influential policy shapers
Public or private companies, organizations, NGOs, educational institutions or entities involved in tourism related activities are welcome as Affiliate Members.
Interested travel entities can visit to learn more about joining UNWTO.

About EnCirca
Thousands of government, non-profit tourism boards, and commercial organizations trust EnCirca as their official domain name Registrar. EnCirca was formed in 2001 and is accredited by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers for all of the top-level domain extensions, from dot-com and dot-org to dot-asia and dot-travel. For more information, see EnCirca is an Affiliate Board Member of UNWTO.

Media Contact: Kate Kalmakis Moran EnCirca +1.781.942.99750

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