UNWTO Centre of Excellence for Destinations takes Another Step Forward

Travel News Asia Friday, 23 February 2007

The Secretary-General of the UNWTO, Francesco Frangialli, welcomed the commitments of the Federal Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec to provide start up funding for a planned Centre of Excellence for Destinations to be located in the City of Montreal.

The funding was due to the preparatory work by Canadian partners Tourism Montreal and University of Quebec as well as George Washington University and National Geographic Magazine all Affiliate Members of the organization. Frangialli particularly singled out the leadership of Andre Vallerand, Chairman of the Affiliates Destination Council for his vision and commitment to the idea of a centre of this kind.

Frangialli said, this is an important landmark in the step by step creation of the new Centre of Excellence for Destinations (CED) which is due to be formally launched at the UNWTO Assembly in Cartagena, Colombia, in November. Now we shall be seeking launch partners from UNWTO worldwide membership to ensure that this initiative results in a truly global Centre.

the CED will be an important addition to the work of the organization in this field to bring global principles of quality, sustainability, competitiveness and training to the local level. It will also focus the activities of our Affiliate Members Destination Council. Its main areas of activity in helping UNWTO pursue excellence in tourism Destinations will be research recognition and global quality coherence. Its overarching goal will be to support UNWTOs Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and help inculcate it into destination management and visitor behaviour Mr. Frangialli added.

The project is being spearheaded by Andre Vallerand, Chairman of UNWTOs Destination Council and representative of Tourism Montreal and University of Quebecs Francois Bedard.

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