Published on : Thursday, November 19, 2020
Ambassadors to Spain from Europe came together for a high-level meeting with the Secretary-General of the UNWTO. The virtual meeting with the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili focused on the timely and responsible restart of tourism across the continent.
Ambassadors are a bridge between the Secretariat of the United Nations specialized agency in Madrid and their home countries. Mr. Pololikashvili himself served as the Ambassador of Georgia to Spain before taking up the leadership of UNWTO. He highlighted the vital role of the diplomats in coordinating efforts for lifting restrictions on travel and bringing back confidence in international tourism.
The Ambassadors were informed of the UNWTO’s primary role in guiding tourism’s restart, with the help of a planned creation of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists.
The meeting counted on the participation of representatives from 36 of the UNWTO’s European Member States. Three other European countries who are not UNWTO members also joined the meeting, reflecting the cross-cutting significance of tourism for overall economic recovery.
“Strong diplomatic relations will enable safe and seamless travel for tourists, ensuring our sector and the many benefits it offers will return as soon as possible”, said Mr. Pololikashvili stressing the importance of maintaining close relations with Member States.
A total 34 Heads of Diplomatic Missions participated in the virtual high-level meeting, with involvement from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Uzbekistan.