UNWTO General Assembly gets underway

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The 20th General Assembly of the UNWTO got underway at Victoria Fall, Zambia/Zimbabwe. The event addressed the global tourism community aiming to advance tourism´s sustainable growth. Key issues such as visa facilitation, connectivity and accessibility are on the agenda. 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Session of the UNWTO General Assembly will also debate the Organization’s Program of Work for 2014-2015 and elect the Secretary General for the next four years’ period.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “Tourism is an undisputed generator of national wealth, corporate income, and local employment. Managed sustainably, it can benefit people and [the] planet alike. As we work to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and define a post-2015 development agenda, I call on all UNWTO members and the global tourism community to examine how best to contribute to sustainable development.”

Elaborating further, Taleb Rifai, secretary general, UNWTO said: “This assembly is a timely opportunity for all of us to continue along an encouraging path to drive tourism towards its fullest potential. This would be by fostering sustainable economic growth, jobs, and development.”

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