Manila Conference

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The World Tourism Conference,

HELD at Manila, Philppines, from 27 September to 10 October 1980, convened by the World tourism Organization with the participation of 107 delegations of States and 91 delegations of observers, in order to clarify the real nature of tourism in all its aspects and the role tourism is bound to play in a dynamic and vastly changing world, as well as to consider the responsibility of States for the development and enhancement of tourism in present-day societies as more than a purely economic activity of nations and people, NOTING with satisfaction the addresses of His Excellency Ferdinand E. Marcos, President of the Republic of the Philippines, and Madame Imelda Romualdez Marcos, Governor of Metropolitan Manila and Minister of Human Settlements, as well as the messages of the Heads of State and of Government to the Conference, the statements of delegations and the report of the SecretaryGeneral of the World Tourism Organization, CONSIDERING that world tourism can develop in a climate of peace and security which can be achieved through the joint effort of all States in promoting the reduction of international tension and in developing international cooperation in a spirit of friendship, respect for human rights and understanding among all States, CONVINCED that world tourism can be a vital force for world peace and can provide the moral and intellectual basis for international understanding and interdependence, CONVINCED further that world tourism can contribute to the establishment of a new international economic order that will help to eliminate the widening economic gap between developed and developing countries and ensure the steady acceleration of economic and social development and progress, in particular of the developing countries, AWARE that world tourism can only flourish if based on equity, sovereign equality, noninterference in internal affairs and cooperation among all States,...