The United Nations World Tourism Organization has its headquarters in Madrid, Spain, UNWTO is concerned with the collection and comparison of statistical information on international tourism. UNWTO is comprised with (157) members.
The fundamental aim of the Organization is the promotion and development of tourism with a view to contributing to economic development, international understanding, peace, prosperity and universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.
Myanmar became a member of UNWTO in 1996 and due to budget constraints, Myanmar withdrew its membership in 4.9.1999.
Dr.Taleb Rifai, Secretary General for UNWTO came to Myanmar during 5th to 7th May, 2012. During his visit he paid a courtesy all with the President U Thein Sein and present an open letter. Then, he met officials as a result, Myanmar became again as a member of UNWTO on 1st June, 2012. Since 2012, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has been celebrating the commemorative ceremonies of UNWTO Day (27th– September) annually.