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AG/RES. 1426 (XXVI-O/96)


(Resolution adopted at the eighth plenary session, held on June 7, 1996)



Resolution AG/RES. 1 (XX-E/94), in which the General Assembly adopted the sustainable development of tourism as one of the cooperation priorities of the Organization of American States (OAS) and of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development;

The Declaration of Orlando, in which the tourism ministers, at the Western Hemispheric Tourism Ministerial Meeting, held in Orlando, Florida, in October 1994, identified integral and sustainable development of the tourism sector in the Americas as an area for additional focus;

The Plan of Action of the Summit of the Americas, in which the heads of state and government of the Hemisphere recognized tourism as important to their economies and valuable in promoting understanding among the peoples of the Americas and agreed to undertake initiatives to stimulate tourism in the Hemisphere;

Declaration AG/DEC. 8 (XXV-O/95), in which the General Assembly decided to support and promote OAS technical cooperation on matters related to tourism, the development of which is of special interest to the states of the region, particularly those of the Caribbean;

The Declaration of the Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) on Trade, Tourism, and Transportation, held from August 14 to 18, 1995, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, in which the heads of state and government affirmed that the tourism industry constitutes the major vehicle of development for many of the small states of the Caribbean region and that it is not only the single economic activity common to all ACS states but also a priority economic sector for all the states concerned; and

The Declaration of Montelimar II and the Regional Program of Action for Tourism Development, in which the Central American presidents undertook to consolidate and recognize the tourism sector as a strategic and priority economic activity for sustainable development in Central America; and


That tourism is the world's largest industry and represents the largest peace-time movement of peoples in the history of humankind;

That tourism is an important driving force in the economic development process and in economic growth; and

That the Western Hemisphere is the second largest tourism-revenue-earning region in the world,


1. To support the proposal presented by the Secretary General to establish an Inter-Sectoral Unit for Tourism.

2. To call upon the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development to undertake the necessary measures to support, with the assistance of the General Secretariat, the Inter-American Travel Congress in the preparation of a plan of action for integral and sustainable tourism development in the Hemisphere.

3. To request the General Secretariat to report on the implementation of this resolution to the General Assembly at its twenty-seventh regular session.

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