Published on : Thursday, September 19, 2019
Russia has effectively organized the biennial General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization, showcasing itself as one of the fastest growing travel destinations in the world and assisting the UN agency to boost up tourist industries world over.
St. Petersburg, Russia’s one of the most gorgeous cities, received more than 2,000 delegates from about 138 countries to the four-day event, arranged by the Federal Tourism Agency (Rosturism) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
The 23rd General Assembly, organized in Russia for the first time mainly revolved around enhancing tourism infrastructure, showcasing innovation and on the globalization of the industry.
“Russia views tourism as a major sector of its economy,” Rosturism chief Zarina Doguzova emphasized by adding further that Moscow will support all important UNWTO projects and carries on expanding its own tourism potential.
Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO’s Secretary General, said that the gathering was “a logical continuation” of an array of high-profile international events that Russia hosted over the past years, saying it “will change Russia’s image and will make it more attractive for tourists.”
“All participants will tell of [Russia’s] hospitality and will come back with their friends and families,” he suggested.
St. Petersburg was named as a world venue in terms of largest tourism event following a vote at the 22nd UNWTO session in 2017. The forthcoming General Assembly will be arranged in Marrakech in 2021. Russia has been a member of the UN organization since 1975.