Affiliate Members are part of UNWTO and aim to contribute to sustainable global tourism. Tourism that applies knowledge and innovation to become more responsible and competitive, in accordance with the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
The presidency of IFEMA/FITUR, held by Ana Larrañaga, IFEMA’s Trade Fairs Business Manager, means an opportunity to extend the service that FITUR offers to the global tourism industry, from its broad international perspective, and understanding of the different activities that comprise it. FITUR brings a 360° view of the tourism business which includes destinations all over the world and companies, institutions and organisations from the different specialist areas that contribute to and work to promote the sector’s shared interests.
The organs of the Affiliate Members Committee are the Plenary and the Board. The first includes all members, with each eligible to speak and to vote. The second acts as an advisory body to the UNWTO’s Secretary-General and is responsible for aligning its members with the organisation’s objectives, mission and general work programme, and for designing and implementing the work plan for the Affiliate Members Programme.
FITUR’s Commitment to SDGs and UNWTO Priorities
The International Tourism Fair, FITUR, is fully committed to promoting the Sustainable Development Goals defined by the General Assembly of the United Nations and to UNWTO’s priorities for the present management period: Innovation and digital transformation; Investment and entrepreneurship; Education and employment; Safe, secure & seamless travel, and Social, cultural & environmental sustainability. With this view of sustainability, FITUR focuses on business development, specialisation, innovation and knowledge and seeks to inspire and contribute to the sustainable development of this industry.
Organised by IFEMA, FITUR is held annually in Madrid and will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2020. It is the leading event that brings world tourism together. With more than 10,400 exhibiting companies from 165 of the world’s countries and regions and more than 250,000 participants, including more than 142,000 trade visitors, it is at the forefront of global tourism events.