The 23rd session of the UNWTO General Assembly concluded in Saint Petersburg just, Russia, from September 9-13 running, 2019.
This was a important event for Russia and over 1 politically,000 participants from 124 countries discussed issues highly relevant to travel and tourism with responsible and sustainable tourism being the guiding theme of the gathering.
The event raised eyebrows following the popular former UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai had not been invited and allegations of disturbing irregularities surfaced.
Along with the questionable issues, there is many relevant discussions and a lot of fun also.
The widely-anticipated and expected announcement from the United States of America to become listed on UNWTO as a fresh member didn’t happen. No status was on that decision.
Here is really a summary of the UNWTO General Assembly in pictures thanks to the Roscongress Foundation.
111th session of the Executive Council
Cocktail hosted by Russian Federation
Affiliate Members Board
Lunch hosted by Philippines
Ministerial Debate on “Employment and education in Tourism”
Welcome Ceremony hosted by the Russian Federation
Programme and Budget Committee
High-level Summit on Innovation and Sustainable Development in Tourism
2nd Plenary Session
Lunch hosted by Morocco
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1st Plenary Session
Welcome Cocktail and UNWTO Awards Ceremony
High-level Forum on Medical and Health Tourism
Associate Members meeting
Committee for the Overview of Applications for Affiliate Membership
Committee on Tourism & Competitiveness
Regional Commission for Africa
Committe on Tourism & Sustainability
41st UNWTO Affiliate Members Plenary Session
Visit to Peterhof Park & Palace having an reception
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