As a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1990, WLO is asked to send a report of activities on a yearly basis. The 2017 report was approved by the UN NGO Relations & Advocacy Annual Review Team in late January. The report detailed the work carried out during the year in the four strategic working lines: research, education, knowledge transfer and advocacy. The WLO collaboration with the 6th ENCATC International Study Tour to the Emirates, for which we provided an online learning platform, within the educational line, and the Third World Leisure Forum in Hangzhou and the World Leisure Journal, as examples of the knowledge transfer work, are among the main highlights of the year 2017.

Furthermore, WLO attended the 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development, which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017, and actively participated in UN campaigns such as the “Travel. Enjoy. Respect.” campaign implemented by UNWTO on the occasion of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.