International Bureau for Youth Tourism and Exchanges

Bureau international pour le tourisme et les échanges de la jeunesse (BITEJ)
Oficina Internacional para el Turismo y los Intercambios de Juventud
Internationales Büro für Jugendtouristik und Jugendaustausch
Mezdunarodnoe Bjuro po Molodeznomu Turizmu i Obmenam

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20 Oct 1961, Vienna (Austria), following resolution of World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), Mar 1960. Statutes modified Nov 1974, Varna (Bulgaria). Last statutes adopted at 8th General Conference, Nov 1986, Budapest (Hungary). Ceased to exist.


Create conditions for youth tourism and exchanges, developing contacts between members and other organizations working to promote international understanding and friendship; study and generalize experience of travel bureaux to popularize new and progressive forms of tourism; popularize activities and programmes of members; study trends in youth tourism, arranging exchanges of information; develop international youth tourism as a means of education; represent members in international organizations.

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Seminars; study tours; international tourist activities. Cooperative work with other organizations includes: BITEJ/IYHF Working Group on promotion of youth exchanges between countries with different social and economic systems; BITEJ/FIYTO Working Group on economic forms of cooperation; Committee of Affiliate Members and Working Party of Youth and Student Tourism of WTO; joint efforts to establish and broaden youth and student tourist concessions.


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Relations with 1 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 7 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 57 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Youth
  • Transportation, Telecommunications
    • Tourism
    • Travel
  • Communication
    • Exchanges
  • Education
    • Education

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 13: Climate Action



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