The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) works to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world's largest sectors, employing 1 in 10 people and generating approximately 10% of global GDP.
Freedom to Travel
WTTC believes in the right of people to cross international borders efficiently for leisure or business travel purposes, without compromising national security. Despite an increasing number of visa waiver programmes around the world, too many individuals still find it too difficult to enter certain countries as international travellers. WTTC’s ongoing focus is visa facilitation, convincing governments of the huge economic advantages generated by visa policies which encourage inbound visitors.
Policies for Growth
WTTC informs governments about ways to implement policies that ensure the business environment is conducive to the growth of Travel & Tourism. This means planning and investing in appropriate infrastructure and creating a tax regime which allows the private sector to be competitive. WTTC has made it a priority to raise awareness of the negative impact punitive taxation has - particularly aviation tax - on inbound and outbound tourism.
Tourism for Tomorrow
WTTC has a huge responsibility for safeguarding the environment and ensuring that the growth of our sector is managed responsibly, finding the balance between people, planet and profits. WTTC continues to promote the very best in sustainable tourism through our Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. We are also spearheading environmental initiatives and our Members’ global reach means that they are in a unique position to drive greener practices into core business models.