After the first day of the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu

Iran’s Tourism Chief in China to Attend WTO Meeting

The meeting is a unique opportunity to get the sector united towards the common goal of making tourism a true driver of sustainable development.

During the next four days, the priorities of the Organization for 2018-2019, the transformation of the UNWTO Code of Ethics for Tourism into an International Convention and the impact of technology on tourism will centre the discussions.

He will also attend the opening ceremony of the 22nd General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization on Wednesday, September 13. The challenges facing the sector in the context of the global objectives of the 2017 - International Year of Sustainable Development for Tourism initiative will now also be discussed.

Reacting to Nigeria's election, the Minister said: "To be called upon to serve as a Vice President of the General Assembly of the UNWTO is a very big honour to Nigeria".

He was unveiled at the ongoing 22nd General Assembly of the UNWTO conference in the city of Chengdu, China. "Besides being the fourth most-visited country in the world, with 59 million global arrivals in 2016, China is also the largest domestic tourism market, with 4.4 billion trips made within its borders", he added.

A high-level debate on tourism and the development goals, a special session on smart tourism, and the conversion of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics into an worldwide Convention will all be highlights of the event. "We need to take local communities into account", said Rifai. Mikheil Janelidze brought to the attention of Ali Asghar Mounesan the reforms implemented in Georgia's tourism sector and the impressive statistics pointing to the rising level of interest in Georgia as a tourist destination.

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