International Tourism

World Tourism Organization (WTO)
The World Tourism Organization is the leading organization in the field of travel and tourism. The WTO's website contains facts and figures, statistics and economic measurement of tourism, and information on quality in tourism development and sustainable development of tourism.

World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the forum for global business leaders comprising the presidents, chairs and CEOs of 100 of the world's foremost companies. It is the only body representing the private sector in all parts of the Travel & Tourism industry worldwide. WTTC's mission is to raise awareness of the full economic impact of the world's largest generator of wealth and jobs - Travel & Tourism. Governments are encouraged to unlock the industry's potential by adopting the Council's policy framework for sustainable tourism development - Seven Strategic Priorities.

Best Practices Guidebook for International Tourism Development for Rural Communities , a book authored by Dave Edgell, is a resource designed to assist those who seek to further develop rural tourism by extending their marketing reach into international markets. It is available through the Recreation Management & Youth Leadership Program at Brigham Young University, 273 RB, Provo, UT 84602. To request this book, contact

Big Volcano Ecotourism Resource Centre

Homepage for the Big Volcano Ecotourism Resource Centre, this site has links to a variety of resources including a comprehensive guide to ecotourism practice, ecologically sustainable development (ESD), and general tourism and travel best practice management sites world-wide.

Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism
Based in Australia, the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism's website focuses on "delivering innovation and strategic knowledge to business, community and government to enhance the environmental, economic and social sustainability of tourism."

Green Globe 21-Sustainable 21st Century Tourism
Green Globe 21-Sustainable 21st Century Tourism came about in 1994 in response to the pressing need for the Travel and Tourism Industry to develop sustainable ways to make use of our environment without damaging it and allow all local people to benefit from tourism without destroying their culture. Green Globe 21 has developed a worldwide certification program for sustainable travel and tourism for the 21st Century for companies seeking best practice and communities who wish to comply with Agenda 21 and become Green Globe 21 destinations.

The International Ecotourism Society
The International Ecotourism Society was founded in 1990 to foster a true sense of synergy between outdoor travel entrepreneurs, researchers, and conservationists. Since its inception, the Society has worked to assist committed professionals around the world who are making ecotourism a genuine tool for conservation and sustainable development.