More than 1,300 representatives attended 22nd UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu

More than 1,300 representatives from over 130 countries attended a opening of a 22nd event of a World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in Chengdu, China this morning. During a subsequent 4 days, a priorities of a Organization for 2018-2019, a mutation of a UNWTO Code of Ethics for Tourism into an International Convention and a impact of record on tourism will centre a discussions. On a bulletin of a Assembly is also a choosing of a Secretary General for a subsequent 4 years.

“China is an impulse to others in terms of a understanding tourism policies and in fixation tourism during a centre of a misery alleviation and inhabitant expansion strategies,” pronounced UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai during a opening of a 22nd event of a General Assembly. “Besides being a fourth most-visited nation in a world, with 59 million general arrivals in 2016, China is also a largest domestic tourism market, with 4.4 billion trips done within a borders,” he added.

The Secretary-General also removed a aptitude of carrying this General Assembly, a final of his mandate, underneath a horizon of a International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. “I feel really unapproachable to have contributed to expanding a ability of transport and tourism to a swell of a SDGs that beam a common transformation to 2030. This General Assembly is a singular event to continue advancing together,” he said.

Wang Yang, Vice-Premier of a People’s Republic of China, removed that, given a inclusion of China in UNWTO in 1983, a tourism zone has grown to paint 10% of a country’s economy. Vice-Premier reliable that “smart tourism” will beam a expansion of a zone and highlighted a need to make policies to raise tolerable tourism.

The Vice-Premier also mentioned that a inherently tolerable proceed to tourism in China resulted from a normal peace between male and inlet widely benefaction in Chinese culture. In addition, he underlined a aptitude of augmenting team-work among countries in a margin of tourism, generally in predicament situations such as healthy disasters. He serve remarkable that 6 million jobs associated to tourism have been combined in 2016 in China, quite for women, people with disabilities and farming communities.

“I feel really unapproachable to have contributed to expanding a ability of transport and tourism to minister to a SDGs that beam a common transformation to 2030,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. “UNWTO is irreplaceable for a purpose of ancillary a mixed magnitude of a tourism zone as good as a far-reaching potential,” he added.

The UNWTO General Assembly will plead a Chengdu Declaration on ‘Tourism and a Sustainable Development Goals’. The document, in that a intensity of a tourism zone is underlined in economic, amicable and domestic terms, includes 19 articles that, among others, suggest to governments “to rise an integrated and holistic proceed to tourism process in sequence to precedence a sector’s certain impact and augmenting outcome on people, world and wealth (Article 1).” In addition, it proposes “to commence inhabitant assessments on tourism’s grant and joining to a SDGs and safeguard a inclusion of tourism in interministerial SDG commissions and/or operative groups as good as to raise a grant of tourism in SDGs inhabitant strategies by a set-up of institutional frameworks and mechanisms that concede appearance of all stakeholders.”

The High-Level Segment discussed ‘Tourism and a Sustainable Development Goals’
“To advance, a tourism zone should decouple expansion from environmental harm; quarrel meridian change via a whole tourism value chain; magnitude a impacts of travellers each day accurately and regularly, and foster accessibility for all,” settled Rifai. “Furthermore we need to safeguard a advantages of a zone strech communities, and forestall disastrous impacts on their amicable fabrics by rebellious issues such as overcrowding, strengthen a diseased from being exploited in a sector, forestall leakages and residence tellurian and tourism-sector confidence hurdles but compromising people’s rights, quite to leisure of transport and movement,” he added.

High turn discuss on Tourism and a Sustainable Development Goals
The opening of a 22nd event of a UNWTO General Assembly was followed by a high turn event on tourism and a Sustainable Development Goals and Building Partnerships for Development: The Example of a Belt and Road Initiative, conducted by Richard Quest of CNN International.

Among a participants were: Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO; Li Jinzao, Chairman of a China National Tourism Administration (CNTA); His Majesty King Simeon II, Special Ambassador of a International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development; Sandra Howard, Vice-Minister of Tourism of Colombia; Abulfas Garayev, Minister of Tourism of Azerbaijan; Pascal Lamy, a World Committee on Tourism Ethics; Mohammed Yehia Rashed, Minister of Tourism of Egypt; Lamia Boutaleb, Secretary of State for Tourism of Morocco; Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities of Uganda; Benito Bengzon Jr., Undersecretary for Tourism Development Planning of a Philippines; George Chogovadze, Head of a National Tourism Administration of Georgia; Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of WTTC; and Ambassador Eric Jakob, Head of a Promotion Activities Directorate, State Secretariat from Switzerland.

“Growth and sustainability should go hand-in-hand. Recent protests in cities are a justification that expansion should be sustainable. But expansion is not a enemy, as it is a story of humankind. We need to take internal communities into account,” pronounced Rifai.

The discuss on a SDGs was followed by a event dedicated to a Belt and Road Initiative where a contention focused on a characteristics of this initiative. Among a speakers were: UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai, CNTA Chairman Li Jinzao, Oleg Safonov, Head, Federal Agency for Tourism of a Russian Federation, Roland Ratsiraka, Minister of Tourism of Madagascar, Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism of Cambodia, Nikolina Angelkova, Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria, John A. E. Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development, Christian Religions Affairs and Lands of Sri Lanka Askar Batalov, Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport of Kazakhstan and Istvan Ujhelyi, Vice-Chair of a Committee on Transport and Tourism/Chair Tourism Task Force during a Euroean Parliament.

The 22nd UNWTO General Assembly appoints Zurab Pololikashvili as Secretary General for 2018-2021
Zurab Pololikashvili, stream Ambassador of Georgia to Spain, Morocco, Algeria and Andorra, has been allocated Secretary General of a World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for a duration 2018-2021.

The candidature of Zurab Pololikashvili was presented by his country, Georgia, in suitability with a UNWTO statutes.

Zurab Pololikashvili was inaugurated by accord during a 22nd UNWTO General Assembly being hold in Chengdu, China, following a recommendation of a 105th UNWTO Executive Council.

Zurab Pololikashvili was Minister of Economic Development of Georgia (2009-2010) and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (2005-2006).

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