Chengdu, China will host the 22nd UNWTO
General Assembly on 11-16 September.
Delegates attending the event will discuss how
to advance the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and define the actions of the
Organization for the period 2018-2019.
A high-level debate on tourism and the SDGs, a
special session on smart tourism, the celebrations of the
International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017,
the conversion of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics into an
international Convention and current trends of the tourism sector
are all integrated into the agenda of the 22nd session of the
UNWTO General Assembly.
The assembly will also discuss the lines
of action and key priorities of the organization for the two
“This General Assembly gives us a unique
opportunity to take key decisions that will guide us towards
making a strong contribution to the future of people and planet,”
said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai (pictured). “The UNWTO General
Assembly constitutes the most relevant meeting of global tourism
leaders and therefore we should capitalize on this occasion.
Tourism is at a crossroads. This Assembly is our opportunity to
strengthen our sector in view of the changes it faces.”
This 22nd session of the General Assembly is the
second hosted in China and the fourth in Asia and the Pacific.
“China is not only the world’s fourth most-visited country and the
first outbound market in the world; it is also an example of a
country prioritizing tourism as a driver for development. The
efforts of Chinese authorities to define tourism as a strategic
pillar of the national economy and an effective development tool
make China a fitting host for this UNWTO General Assembly,” said Rifai.
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