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Tue, 7 Nov 2017

CNN Launches 'Go There Media Fund'

CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) has launched the 'Go There Media Fund' to provide travel and tourism expertise to distressed destinations and countries recovering from natural disasters.

The initiative was announced on Sunday night by Rani Raad, President of CNNIC, at a gala dinner ahead of World Travel Market, taking place in London this week.

Taleb Rifai. Click to enlarge.

 Attended by over 100 Ministers and Travel and Tourism CEOs, CNN's event celebrated the achievements of guest of honour, outgoing UNWTO Secretary General Dr Taleb Rifai (pictured).

Dr Rifai will join Rani Raad, international tourism and development advisor Anita Mendiratta, and other industry luminaries and experts on the advisory board of CNN's 'Go There Media Fund'.

 Starting in 2018, the fund will work closely with a number of countries every year to draw on CNNIC's expertise to provide pro-bono consultancy, strategic direction and CNN airtime and inventory for campaigns that help recover national identity and build their tourism brand on the world stage.

"We have seen consistently over the years that strategic travel and tourism campaigns have the power to transform a nation's stature, its prospects and people," said Rani Raad, President of CNN International Commercial (CNNIC). "In honour of Dr Taleb Rifai's vision, passion and commitment to the tourism sector, CNN's 'Go There Media Fund' will focus on helping those countries at the start of the journey to rebuild and re-invent their nation brand as a tourism destination. We look forward to working with Dr Rifai and drawing on our expertise to really make a difference."

"I am honoured to accept the invitation to join the board of this new initiative," said Dr Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO. "CNN's 'Go There Media Fund' will provide support to those nations that aspire to reach their full potential. I look forward to continuing my close work with CNN to elevate the prospects of nations and bring new destinations and experiences to travellers worldwide."

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