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September 23, 2017


Transcript: Walter Mzembi address to the UNWTO General Assembly

Minister of Tourism and Hospitality for Zimbabwe Dr. Walter Mzembi addressed the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Chengdu, China on Wednesday. This is a transcript of his presentation: Excellencies, Colleague Ministers, Ladies, and Gentlemen – Let me Congratulate the People’s Republic of China on its grand hosteship of the 22nd GA

The leadership of the UNWTO and the WTTC and why it matters

Known as a risk and crisis management expert, former head of Israel Tourism in Australia, Dr David Beirman Ph.D joined the recent debate on the recently concluded UNWTO General Assembly and wrote: In recent months there has been considerable debate in some sections of the travel industry media about the upcoming appointment of a successor

Interview with CNN’s Richard Quest

Foremost international business broadcaster Richard Quest is one of the best-known faces of the CNN team. Quest, who moderated the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly’s high-level debate on tourism and the SDGs, shares his views on the prospects of the sector. Q – You have been reporting about the tourism sector for the last decade. How

High level debate on Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals

The opening of the 22nd session of the UNWTO General Assembly was followed by a high level session on tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals and Building Partnerships for Development: The Example of the Belt and Road Initiative, conducted by Richard Quest of CNN International. Among the participants were: Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO; Li

What If The Secretary-General Elect Is Not Confirmed Tomorrow?

There is no panic, no uncertainty and it will be business as usual under Taleb Rifai until the process is concluded within 4 months.   The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are not novices at protocol, rules or procedures. So it should come as no surprise, if the Secretary-General Elect, Zurab Polokashivili does not receive

World Tourism Alliance launched : A UNWTO / WTTC Chinese style?

Last night UNWTO Delegates attending the Gala Dinner at the New Chengdu Convention Center sponsored by World Tourism Alliance were treated to a special fun filled evening and Gala Dinner with delicious spicy Sichuan food. The World Tourism Alliance is a new initiative launched last night by China with top name brand leadership organizations as

Confirmation Elections to be Held for Zurab: Efforts to Save UNWTO

The outcome of yesterdays hot debate on Zimbabwe’s intervention to question the  UNWTO Secretary General Election as a flawed process has been corrected. Countries showed deep respect and admiration for Zimbabwe boldness reform, and at the same time praised Taleb Rifai for his integrity and leadership protecting the system,  UNWTO and the process. Countries should

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