UNWTO Chose Georgia
20 October, 2011
UNWTO Chose Georgia

First ever in its history Georgia was chosen as the Vice Chairman of the European Regional Commission of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at the 19th assembly of the UNTWO in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea. This means that Georgia becomes an active member of global tourism community and will have its say while shaping out the global tourism strategy. 

 

Georgian delegation represented by Irakli Matkava, Deputy Minister of Economic and Sustainable Development of Georgia, and Beka Jakeli, Deputy Chairman of

Georgian National Tourism Agency, came back handful from the  UNWTO assembly held on October 8 to October 14, 2011 in South Korea.

Taleb Rifai, the current general Secretary of the UNWTO described to the delegates the UNWTO activity implemented in 2010-2011 and reported on global tourism tendencies. Georgia is supposed to participate in the projects in 2012-2013.

But more surprises were in store for Georgia later, on October 9, when Georgian delegation witnessed a historical moment of the country: during the election held within the framework of the 53rd European Regional Commission of the UNWTO assembly, Georgia first ever of its UNWTO membership was nominated and unanimously elected [along with France] as a Vice Chairman of European regional Commission of the UNWTO.

The UNWTO, which is based in Madrid, Spain, is a United Nations agency dealing with tourism-related  questions. It compiles the World Tourism rankings, and is significant global body with the collection and collation of statistical information on international tourism. This organization represents public sector tourism bodies, from most countries in the world and the publication of its data makes possible comparisons of the flow and growth of tourism on a global scale.

Therefore the recent status means that Georgia becomes a leader state in defining and implementation of the unified tourism developing policy within the Europe.

Georgian government believes that Georgia will play an important role from the point of view of implementation of common European tourism projects.

Moreover, the commission chose Georgia as a venue country for the next number 54 meeting of the European Regional Commission in spring of 2012. Also an international conference will be held along with the Commission meeting, the Ministry of Economic and Sustainable Development of Georgia informed Georgian Journal.

On the other hand Georgia was chosen as a member of the World Tourism Statistics Committee in frames of the assembly of UNWTO that means Georgia can play an active role in activities aimed at improvement of tourism statistics, as well as in the working process of elaboration recommendations and statistics research methodology  in order to make the statistics procedures smoother.

Thanks to this Georgia is supposed to improve its local statistics system in tourism field and lay ground to better projections in tourism sector.

Moreover, a meeting of tourism ministers of the Silk Road member-states in frames of the UNWTO assembly also turned out quite fruitful to Georgia.

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