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January 24, 2018

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Taleb Rifai vs Zurab Pololikashvil: Heavyweight vs Lightweight

Heavyweights vs lightweights qualified vs unqualified, it is never too hard to spot. We all can understand anyone reaching for a position one is not qualified to perform in. But not if the world’s largest single industry is placed at risk. The Outgoing UNWTO Secretary-General And The Proposed Incoming Secretary-General Elect: Perhaps if one owns a football

From Banker & Football Club Executive To Tourism’s Top Post?

Why would or should any individual without or very little tourism experience be appointed to head and lead the World Tourism Organization? (UNWTO) It ordinarily takes a large amount of experience, talent, and industry recognition to become a candidate for global tourism’s top job, Secretary-General of the UNWTO. Last May in Madrid, the UNWTO Executive

Georgia puts double pressure on China CNTA Chairman Li Jinzao

Countdown To The 22nd UNWTO General Assembly, Chengdu, China and the Secretary General Election Confirmation: 14 Days To Go. China, as the world’s fourth most visited country and with a massive outbound market that every tourism board in the world hopes to capture market share of, our industry is very much looking forward to the 22nd UNWTO General

UNWTO Secretary-General criticized WorldTourismWire at packed Madrid Ambassador meeting

At yesterdays UNWTO Ambassador meeting in Madrid, ahead of the General Assembly next month in China, the outgoing Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, chose to make curiously timed, critical remarks about investigative media articles by eTN and WorldTourismWire related to the UNWTO Secretary General election, threatening with legal action. Rifai introduced Ambassador  Zurab Pololikashvili the widely

UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador, Praya Lundberg, meets with Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha

BANGKOK – Praya Lundberg, UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador, met with Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha at the Government House of Thailand. This meeting is the first of its kind since Praya’s appointment as Goodwill Ambassador in January 2017. During the meeting, Praya expressed her gratitude to the Royal Thai Government for generously hosting refugees for

UNWTO Aug 25 meeting in Madrid will have surprise guests

As reported by WorldTourismWire the UNWTO Secretary General called for a meeting of Madrid based ambassadors on August 25  to discuss the General Assembly. Most certainly Zimbabwe’s concern about flaws in the election process of the nominated Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili should be a major issue for debate. It appears WorldTourismWire reports encouraged Ambassador Rudo Chitiga from

The UNWTO Election Fiasco Continues

Is the UNWTO blocking Walter Mzembi’s proposal for agenda items on widespread Secretary-General election irregularities to be presented to the full General Assembly next month in Chengdu, China? It appears that may well be the very unfortunate case. In recent days, the UNWTO disingenuously proposed to put Zimbabwe’s agenda items to the Executive Council, instead

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