Director, Sustainable Development of Tourism
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Luigi Cabrini is the Director of the Sustainable Development of Tourism Programme, which contributes to one of the strategic goals of the World Tourism Organization in line with the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and with special focus on the Millennium Development Goals. The Programme undertakes research, develops manuals and provides guidance and training to the Member States and other tourism stakeholders on sustainable tourism policies and their application to tourism destinations. Its specific areas of work include: green economy, climate change, biodiversity, poverty alleviation, cultural and natural heritage and their interrelations with tourism, as well as sustainable tourism indicators.
Luigi Cabrini (Italy) holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Pisa and has completed postgraduate courses on international law, history and economics. From 1978 to 1982 he worked as a journalist and editor in Rome. In 1982 he joined the United Nations, taking on progressively greater responsibilities in the Organization’s programmes in Mexico, Pakistan, Somalia, Switzerland, Poland and Spain. In 2002 he joined the UNWTO as Regional Representative for Europe and assumed his current post in 2007.
Luigi Cabrini is fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish and has basic knowledge of Russian and Polish. He is the author of various articles, speeches and papers.
The World Tourism Organization is the United Nations’ specialized agency for tourism. As such, it is the principal worldwide forum for matters concerning tourism policy and a practical source of technical knowledge and statistics on the sector.