Dr. Taleb Rifai to participate at the 6th UNWTO conference on tourism in Manila

Published on : Friday, June 2, 2017

UNWTOThe UNWTO Secretary-General Dr. Taleb D. Rifai has confirmed his participation at the 6th UNWTO Conference on Tourism Statistics which will take place in Manila from June 21 to 23.

According to Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo, Secretary-General Rifai and the Tourism Ministers’ visit to the Philippines is harmonizing with her confidence on the safety and security of tourist coming to the Philippines.

Tourism Ministers from five other countries have also confirmed their attendance including Thailand’s Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Fiji’s Shaleen Ali, Sri Lanka’s John Amaratunga, Sudan’s Mohammed Abuzaid Mustafa, and Seychelles’ Didier Dogley. More are expected to attend the event.

Chief statisticians from Belarus, Fiji, Kenya, Malaysia, Oman, South Africa, and Indonesia have confirmed to participate in the discussion of the Manila call to measure sustainable tourism.

There are 169 international participants from 65 countries, representing tourism and statistical agencies, tourism associations and enterprises, and international organizations, as well as 182 local delegates from national and local government, and the academe.

Teo said, “We aim to discuss and implement policies and programs that will raise awareness of the importance of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and environmental conservation.”

Dr. Rifai said during the Official Launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in Madrid, Spain, “The year 2017 is a unique opportunity for us to promote the contribution of tourism to achieving the future we want – and also to determine, together, the exact role we will have tourism play in the sustainable development agenda, to and beyond 2030.”


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