UNWTO Executive Council meets

INTERNATIONAL tourist arrivals having grown by 4 per cent over the first quarter of 2019, following on from 6 per cent growth in 2018, the UN World Tourism Organization has said. This was revealed as the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism met in Azerbaijan for the 110th session of its Executive Council. The Council brings UNWTO member states together for top-level talks on the direction of the global tourism sector.

Member states warmly welcomed the progress made as UNWTO works to fulfil the current management vision. More specifically, the five priorities underpinning secretary-general Pololikashvili’s mandate include making tourism smarter through embracing innovation and digital transformation and growing competition and entrepreneurship within the sector. Additionally, the progress made in newly launched ‘UNWTO Agenda for Africa 2030’ was welcomed. The bold four-year plan is aimed at realizing the potential of tourism for Africa, with a special focus on tourism as a driver of poverty alleviation and job creation.

At the institutional level, UNWTO reiterated its commitment to diversity and transparency.