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News: UNWTO to tackle inclusive growth at Jamaica summit

UNWTO, the government of Jamaica, the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank will co-host a conference on jobs and inclusive growth in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Under the theme ‘Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’, the event will assess and discuss the future of the sector in the Caribbean, particularly in view of the impacts of natural disasters such as the recent hurricane Irma. It will take place from on November 27th-29th. The summit aims at identifying successful models and future initiatives of public-private partnerships that will contribute to sustainable tourism…

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News: Saint Petersburg to host 23rd UNWTO General Assembly in 2019

Russian cultural capital Saint Petersburg will host the 23rd General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. The event will take place in 2019 and follows the successful hosting the 22nd event in Chengdu, China, this month. The holding of the General Assembly in Saint Petersburg will be a celebration for the country, not just the city, the organisers said. Andrey Muskarev, the chairman of Committee for Tourism Development, commented: “This victory means recognition of the Saint Petersburg tourism industry by world leaders as a city that is able…

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News: UNWTO General Assembly: Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics approved by delegates

The member States of the World Tourism Organisation today approved an historical document – the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics. The convention, approved at the 22nd UNWTO general assembly, transforms the Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention, the first in the life of the organisation. The convention covers the responsibilities of all stakeholders in the development sustainable tourism, providing a framework that recommends an ethical and sustainable modus operandi, including the right to tourism, the freedom of movement for tourists and the rights of employees and…

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News: UNWTO General Assembly: Jamaica elected to executive council

Jamaica has again been elected to the executive council of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation to serve a two-year term alongside Argentina and Uruguay. This is a shared arrangement of the four-year membership.  It will allow the three designated seats for the UNWTO’s Commission of the Americas, of which Jamaica is a member, to be served by more members of the region. The second half of the four-year term will be served by Honduras, Peru and Brazil, beginning at 2019.Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett has expressed pride that…

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News: UNWTO General Assembly: Pololikashvili elected general secretary

Zurab Pololikashvili has been appointed secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. The decision was confirmed during the 22nd General Assembly of the body currently taking place in Chengdu, China. He will lead the UNWTO from 2018-2021. Pololikashvili is currently ambassador of Georgia to Spain, Morocco, Algeria and Andorra. His candidature was presented by his country, Georgia, in accordance with the UNWTO statutes. Pololikashvili was elected by consensus at the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly being held in Chengdu, China, following the recommendation of the 105th UNWTO executive council….

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News: UNWTO General Assembly: Hundreds of industry leaders gather in China

More than 1,300 delegates from over 130 countries attended the opening of the 22nd session of the World Tourism Organisation General Assembly in Chengdu, China this morning. During the next four days, the priorities of the organisation for 2018-2019, the transformation of the UNWTO Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention, and the impact of technology on tourism will centre the discussions. On the agenda of the assembly is also the election of the secretary general for the next four years. “China is an inspiration to others in…

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News: UNWTO General Assembly: Tourism more united than ever, says Rifai

The global tourism community is “more united than ever” according to United Nations World Tourism Organisation general secretary Taleb Rifai. Addressing the opening session of the 22nd session of the UNWTO General Assembly, he said, despite the challenges faced by global tourism, the sector was “more committed than ever to working closer together to make it a pillar of a better future for people and the planet”. “The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development that we are celebrating globally throughout 2017 has provided us with the platform to reinforce…

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