Published on : Monday, June 3, 2019
During the 64th meeting of the WTO Commission for Europe held in Zagreb, Croatia it was announced that Portugal was re-elected for a second term on the Executive Board of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). It had 29 votes and was ahead of Turkey, France and Italy.
It was marked that it was the most participated electoral event with a total of 41 voters.
It was an international affirmation of Portugal’s strategy in developing tourism and the WTO considers it an essential instrument for economic growth, job creation and attracting investments.
Portugal is also considered to be an international case study in terms of innovation and sustainability as it was recently voted as the the ‘Best Destination’ in the World for the second consecutive year.
In recent times the WTO worked closely with Portugal and it will be starting an international network of tourism training academics. It will also be holding the first Mayors Forum of the WTO discussing the challenges of sustainable tourism in cities.
In the worldwide tourism startups contest Portugal was also the first partner country and three of the winning startups was developed in Portugal.
The Executive Council responsible for defining the priorities for intervention and the plan of activities of this Organization and is the highest body of the WTO.
Since 1976 Portugal was a member of the WTO it was elected for the first time to this body in 1985 and then in 2005. This marks the first consecutive re-election of Portugal. Duration for the second term will be four years.