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October 18, 2017


High level debate on Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals

The opening of the 22nd session of the UNWTO General Assembly was followed by a high level session on tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals and Building Partnerships for Development: The Example of the Belt and Road Initiative, conducted by Richard Quest of CNN International. Among the participants were: Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO; Li

What If The Secretary-General Elect Is Not Confirmed Tomorrow?

There is no panic, no uncertainty and it will be business as usual under Taleb Rifai until the process is concluded within 4 months.   The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are not novices at protocol, rules or procedures. So it should come as no surprise, if the Secretary-General Elect, Zurab Polokashivili does not receive

World Tourism Alliance launched : A UNWTO / WTTC Chinese style?

Last night UNWTO Delegates attending the Gala Dinner at the New Chengdu Convention Center sponsored by World Tourism Alliance were treated to a special fun filled evening and Gala Dinner with delicious spicy Sichuan food. The World Tourism Alliance is a new initiative launched last night by China with top name brand leadership organizations as

Confirmation Elections to be Held for Zurab: Efforts to Save UNWTO

The outcome of yesterdays hot debate on Zimbabwe’s intervention to question the  UNWTO Secretary General Election as a flawed process has been corrected. Countries showed deep respect and admiration for Zimbabwe boldness reform, and at the same time praised Taleb Rifai for his integrity and leadership protecting the system,  UNWTO and the process. Countries should

UNWTO General Assembly Kicks Off

The 22nd United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly has opened for pre-opening sessions in Chengdu, China on Monday.   + Three regional committees each held a meeting: the Americas, Middle East and Africa convened to elect their new committee countries for the next UNWTO Executive Council.   + Proposed Secretary-General Elect, Zurab Pololikashvili made a brief appearance before

Publisher Calls it Time Out – looking forward to UNWTO’s General Assembly

As Publisher, Juergen Steinmetz issued an open letter to WorldTourismWire readers today. The letter reads: I have supported  World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for more than two decades. The upcoming 22nd General Assembly is a critical time for our world tourism leaders, countries and stakeholders know as associated members to come together during extraordinary times. In

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