MADRID, 6 September 2017: China for will host the global UNWTO General Assembly, next week, which is expected to attract more 1,000 delegates representing government tourist departments and ministries.
The bi-annual event takes place in Chengdu, China 11 to 16 September to discuss how tourism can contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The agenda will also include plans for the Organization for 2018 to 2019 including the official announcement on the appointment of new secretary general that is waiting assembly approval.
“This is a unique opportunity to get the sector united towards the common goal of making tourism a true driver of sustainable development,” said World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) secretary-general, Taleb Rifai.
The agenda includes a debate on tourism and the SDGs, a special session on smart tourism, the celebrations of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 and the conversion of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics into an international Convention.
“This General Assembly gives us a unique opportunity to take key decisions that will guide us towards making a strong contribution to the future of people and planet,” said Rifai.
“The UNWTO General Assembly constitutes the most relevant meeting of global tourism leaders and therefore we should capitalize on this occasion. Tourism is at a crossroads. This Assembly is our opportunity to strengthen our sector in view of the changes it faces.” he added.
The 22nd session of the General Assembly is the second hosted in China and the fourth in Asia and the Pacific.
“China is not only the world’s fourth most-visited country and the first outbound market in the world; it is also an example of a country prioritizing tourism as a driver for development,” he said.