GLOBAL INDUSTRY NEWS: On the global front, the big talking point this week was the UNWTO’s General Assembly, held in Chengdu, China. Three key take outs from the Assembly include the confirmation of the new UNWTO Secretary General Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili; the speech delivered by Zimbabwe’s Minister of Tourism, Dr. Walter Mzembi, making a case for Africa; as well as the launch of the World Tourism Alliance (WTA). Also note that the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has opened up nominations for the annual Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
3 KEY TAKE-OUTS FROM RECENT UNWTO ASSEMBLY
UNWTO APPOINTS NEW CHIEF
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of Spain, the Principality of Andorra, the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and the Kingdom of Morocco, Zurab Pololikashvili, has been appointed by the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as its next Secretary General. The confirmation was not elected by secret vote. Dr. Walter Mzembi from Zimbabwe was the first to congratulate him and committed his support.
MAKING A CASE FOR AFRICA – A MOVING SPEECH BY ZIMBABWE’S TOURISM MINISTER
Contender for the top post of UNWTO Secretary-General, Dr. Walter Mzembi gave a moving address to the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization in Chengdu, China. Click here to read the speech.
PRESENTING THE INAUGURAL WORLD TOURISM ALLIANCE
A newly established international tourism organization initiated by China is expected to push the global tourism industry forward and further facilitate cooperation around the world, insiders said.
Gino Andreetta, chief executive of Club Med Greater China, said the World Tourism Alliance initiated by China will play a leading role in the development of the world tourism industry and also will contribute to the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Tokozile Xasa, tourism minister of South Africa, said he believed the alliance would connect the tourism industry around the world by offering a good platform for them to cooperate and share the experience of developing tourism with each other.
They spoke as the World Tourism Alliance was officially set up on Sept 12 in Chengdu, Sichuan province, where the 22nd General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization is being held. Premier Li Keqiang sent a congratulatory message to the inauguration ceremony of the World Tourism Alliance.
According to Duan Qiang, the newly elected first chairman of the alliance, it was proposed by the China Tourism Association and is a nongovernment, nonprofit organization for tourism consultation and cooperation. “Following the vision of ‘better tourism, better world’ and the objectives of promoting development and poverty alleviation, the alliance aims to enhance international exchanges and cooperation in the global tourism community,” he said.
He said the alliance has 89 founding members, many of which are tourism associations, enterprises, think tanks and research institutes. More than 60 percent of the members are from overseas. The headquarters and secretariat of the alliance are based in Beijing. Source China Daily