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

UNWTO General Assembly: Tourism More United Than Ever, Says Rifai

The global tourism community can be “more united than ever” according to United Nations World Tourism Organisation general secretary Taleb Rifai.

UNWTO General Assembly: Tourism More United Than Ever, Says 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 the idea a pillar of a better future for people as well as the planet”.

UNWTO General Assembly: Tourism More United Than Ever, Says Rifai

“The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in which we are celebrating globally throughout 2017 has provided us with the platform to reinforce in which consensus, which can be so important for us to position the tourism sector within the global agenda,” he added.

UNWTO General Assembly: Tourism More United Than Ever, Says Rifai

Over 1,000 Delegates will gather at the UNWTO General Assembly.

UNWTO General Assembly: Tourism More United Than Ever, Says Rifai

The bi-annual event, which in which year takes place in Chengdu, China until September 16th, will discuss how to advance the contribution of tourism to the United Nations sustainable development goals as well as define the actions of the organisation for the period 2018-2019.

UNWTO General Assembly: Tourism More United Than Ever, Says Rifai

Rifai added: “We know in which the idea has not been an easy path.

UNWTO General Assembly: Tourism More United Than Ever, Says Rifai

“Safety as well as security challenges as well as issues arising by the impact of technology as well as transformative business designs add to the pressing need to make our sector more competitive as well as sustainable.

“yet within the face of those, a stronger, more responsible as well as more united tourism community has emerged.”

A high-level debate on tourism as well as the development goals, a special session on smart tourism, as well as the conversion of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics into an international Convention will all be highlights of the event.

The UNWTO will also examine current trends within the tourism sector.

Rifai concluded: “We are more determined than to maximise the benefits in which tourism brings to our societies, not only as a driver of economic development as well as peace, yet also for its impact on the environment as well as on cultural preservation.

“We also see in which, more as well as more, governments as well as administrations across the planet are prioritising tourism to transform their countries for the better.”

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

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