Bahrain participates in UNWTO General Assembly

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

It is called every two years to discuss the most current issues in the tourism industry.

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.

Cape Verde was also elected alongside Nigeria as Vice President, Africa, of the global body charged with the responsibility of ensuring sustainable tourism development.

The 22nd General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization will be held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China from September 11 to 16.

Reacting to his election, Mohammed said that the last time Nigeria occupied the position of UNWTO Vice Presidency was 20 years ago, 1997, and it was a great honour to the country and him. "This General Assembly is a unique opportunity to continue advancing together", he said.

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"One thought he was doing this out of sheer commitment but not knowing that he was being noticed globally and this is what I think it is impressive about this".

The Georgian Vice Premier also spoke about the important agreements reached during Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili's visit to Iran, which contribute to the development of trade-economic ties between the two countries. It was formed by 89 founding members, mainly national tourism associations, tourist enterprises and think tanks from around the world.

Balala, who has in the past won the Africa Tourism Minister of the year ward (2009), has been credited for spearheading the country's tourism sector's recovery efforts after it crashed towards the end of 2012 following bouts of terror attacks in Nairobi and at the Coast.

Egypt was also chosen to host the 44th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Middle East in the first half of 2018.

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