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UNWTO Gets Ready for General Assembly

UNWTO General Assembly
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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will hold its 24th General Assembly in Madrid, Spain, from November 30 to December 3, 2021.

The General Assembly is the main gathering of the World Tourism Organization and a platform for Member States to approve the Organization’s work program and budget for the next biennium (2022-2023).

The 2021 General Assembly will place special emphasis on the importance of innovation, education and rural development, as well as the role of tourism in inclusive growth, which is the theme of World Tourism Day 2021. In addition, delegates will be provided with the International Code of Protection. From Tourists, a prominent legal tool aimed at restoring confidence in international travel.

Other key items on the General Assembly’s agenda include proposed reforms to the legal framework for UNWTO associate membership, the finals of the UNWTO Student Association, and the appointment of the UNWTO Secretary-General for the 2022-2025 period. The General Assembly will also witness the names of the winners of the World Tourism Organization competition for the best tourist villages.

Besides, and in line with the UNWTO’s growing focus on digital communication and visual storytelling, the winners of the 2021 UNWTO Tourism Video Competition aimed to identify promotional videos for Member States and Associate Members that highlight the sector’s resilience and contributions to development goals. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will also be announced in Madrid.

Restart tourism together

After the Protocol, the Secretary-General will present his report to the General Assembly on the implementation of the UNWTO Program of Action, its new procedures and initiatives since its last meeting in 2019. The agenda includes the selection of members of the UNWTO Executive Board for 2022, the Global Committee on Tourism Ethics, as well as the selection of venue and dates The next session of the General Assembly, with Egypt, Portugal and Uzbekistan to bid. The Kingdom of Morocco was scheduled to host this year’s General Assembly but later confirmed that changing public health considerations meant it was unable to do so. In accordance with the statutes and rules of the organization, the twenty-fourth session will be held at its headquarters in Madrid, Spain.

Members will also be provided with updates on the opening of regional offices, including the first for the Middle East, to work alongside the UNWTO Secretariat in Madrid, Spain, and the themes planned for World Tourism Day in both 2022 and 2023.

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