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October 17, 2017


WTTC announces Christopher J. Nassetta as Chairman Elect

 The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced the election of Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton, as the Council’s next Chairman. Mr Nassetta joined Hilton in 2007, bringing with him an extensive background in real estate and hospitality. Since assuming the role of CEO he has transformed the company, bringing Hilton

UNESCO, UNWTO and Palestine: USA and Israel leaving UNESCO

At the recent UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu,  China, one discussion point was the acceptance of Palestine as a full member. Backroom diplomacy, pressure by Israel to leave UNWTO and pressure by the United States caused for Palestine to postpone a vote on their full membership to the world tourism body for another 2 years. The

Mzembi appointed Foreign Minister of Zimbabwe

The outspoken and often referred to as the youthful Minister of Tourism for Zimbabwe, Hon. Dr. Walter Mzembi, was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs this evening. This was the result of a cabinet reshuffle by President Mugabe. The new Minister of Tourism and Hospitality is the Hon. E. Mbwembwe. Edgar Mbwembwe was re-elected

Terror Targets Hotels and Tourism Locations – what to do?

One day when historians of the tourism industry write about the first part of the twenty-first century they may view the week of October 1, 2017 as one of the tourism and travel industry’s harder months. The week began with news of terrorist attacks in both France and Canada and quickly moved onto the tragedy

Speechless: UNWTO and WTTC on Las Vegas tourism mass murder

It’s surprising the worlds largest tourism organizations and leaders in world tourism, UNWTO and WTTC did not react very much to one of the toughest two weeks in travel and tourism for a long time. WTTC issued this statement on their website,: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is deeply shocked and saddened by the

The dance of diplomacy

by Anita Mendiratta September. A month in which the world shifts its focus onto the United Nations. The 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly has commenced in New York. The period of the 12th through to the 25th September brings together literally thousands of diplomats, direct reports, decision makers, donors, delegates and media determined

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

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