Dr. Taleb Rifai made the African Tourism Board an improved invest the global world
“Whatever our business in life may be, let us understand that our core business is definitely, and will be always, to create this global world an improved place.” The one who said these expressed words – and is really a mentor for most in the tourism and travel industry – is currently also area of the African Tourism Board (ATB).
Dr. Taleb Rifai, the former UNWTO Secretary-General is currently officially a board member and honorary patron of the African Tourism Board leadership team. Where Africa becomes ONE tourism destination of preference on earth was the dream behind this initiative when it had been started by ICTP Chairman Juergen Steinmetz at World Travel Market in London in November of 2018.
The official launch during WTM Capetown in April was a milestone for the African Tourism Board when an all-African team came directly into shape and structure this new NGO. The brand new format, the brand new logo, the brand new chapter, week and the brand new team are anticipated to be officially introduced and launched next.
Today, through the global world Tourism Conference in Johannesburg, the former UNWTO Secretary-General became a board member and honorary patron officially. Yesterday with ATB CEO Doris Woerfel and ATB Chairman Cuthbert Ncube this is concluded in a gathering.
Founder and outgoing Chairman Juergen Steinmetz said: “Dr. Taleb Rifai joining us isn’t only an honor but an endorsement for the organization. The wealth of connections and knowledge Dr. Rifai brings to the table shall bring the ultimate launch to a fresh level. Many thanks, Taleb, for the support from our very humble beginning. I recall perfectly Dr. Rifai’s final remarks at UNWTO – Make this global world a better place.”
Incoming Chairman Cuthbert Ncube said: “To us at ATB, the giant awakening for the continent is real – a lot more so in the tourism industry where Africa may be the most resourced, probably the most endowed continent whenever we consider natural, historical, and cultural resources. Africa has all that is required with regards to attractions. It’s the strategic human input, the worthiness addition that’s had a need to take the continent to another level. The ATB has made a decision to be considered a strategic participant in pivoting the continent to its position of a huge on the list of other continental destinations of the planet.
“This is a privilege to welcome Dr. Taleb Rifai who’s joining ATB as a Board Honorary and Member Patron bringing vast experience.”
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Dr. Taleb Rifai (born 1949) is really a Jordanian economist who was simply the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) based in Madrid, Spain, until December 31, 2017, having held the post since being elected this year 2010.
Dr. Taleb Rifai was elected as Secretary-General of the global world Tourism Organization at the overall Assembly in Astana, Kazakhstan, in October 2009 of which time he began his 4-year term on January 1 held, 2010.
He assumed the functions of Secretary-General ad interim of the planet Tourism Organization from March 1, from February 2006 to February 2009 2009 and served as Deputy Secretary-General.
Mr. Rifai comes with an extensive background in national and international public service, the private sector, and academia. To joining UNWTO prior, he was the Assistant Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Mr. Rifai in addition has served in a number of ministerial portfolios in the national government of Jordan – Minister of International and Planning Cooperation, Minister of Information, and Minister of Antiquity and Tourism.
As CEO of Jordan’s Cement Company, Mr. Rifai successfully led the initial large-scale privatization and restructuring scheme in Jordan through the mid-1990s.
Other positions he’s got held include Director of the Economic Mission to Washington DC and Director General of the Investment Promotion Corporation of Jordan. Until 1993, Mr. Rifai was involved with research, teaching, and practicing architecture and urban design in Jordan and the united states.
He includes a Ph.D. in Urban Regional and Design Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, an M.A. in Engineering and Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, and a BS.c. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Cairo in Egypt.
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