International tourism accounts for roughly 30 percent of global trade in services. For many developing countries, it constitutes the single largest foreign exchange earner. Tourism has linkages into many other parts of the economy, contributing to job creation and poverty reduction. It is estimated that one out of every eleven jobs worldwide is directly or indirectly interlinked to tourism. ITC’s specific competence lies in its trade orientation and its mandate to work with the private sector, especially for small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) internationalization.
UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (UN-SCTD)
ITC is one of the 10 leading agencies of the UN-SCTD, an innovative approach to Delivering as One for Tourism. It is a partnership bringing together ten UN agencies committed to mainstreaming tourism in the global development agenda.
ITC - UNWTO - EIF publication: Tourism Development in Least Developed Countries
UNWTO-ITC National Tourism Export Strategies
Liberian National Export Strategy on Tourism
14 Sept 2015
Tourism and Trade: A Global Agenda for Sustainable Development
28 May-1 June 2018
ITC at CIFTIS 2018
11 Jul 2017
Aid for Trade Global Review session: Tourism for development in Least Developed Countries
Aid for Trade Global Review session: Tourism and travel facilitation and connectivity
10 Jan 2017
UNWTO opens Geneva liaison office at ITC