UNWTO re-elects Zurab Pololikashvili as general secretary

 Friday, December 3, 2021 

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The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has re-elected  Zurab Pololikashvili to the role of general secretary of the organization. He will serve a second four-year term, from 2022-2025. Pololikashvili was nominated earlier this year and was endorsed during the annual general assembly of the organization. UNWTO members have strongly aligned themselves with his leadership and vision for the sector.

Members from every global region approved a ‘Programme of Work’ for the organization and endorsed key initiatives designed to build more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable tourism. The general assembly brought together more than 1,000 delegates from 135 countries, including 84 ministers of tourism, as well business leaders, destinations, and representatives of key international organizations. 

 Pololikashvili cited the spirit of solidarity and determination that has defined tourism’s response to an unprecedented crisis. Pololikashvili said in every global region. Emphasizing the significance of the general assembly, United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, welcomed delegates and called for them to work together for a “green, inclusive, sustainable” future.

Alongside receiving an update on UNWTO’s activities since the last general assembly two years ago, members also benefited from a comprehensive overview of the latest tourism trends, as indicated by UNWTO’s latest data, as well as an updated overview of restrictions on travel worldwide. Pololikashvili is a Georgian politician and diplomat. From 2005-2009, he was Georgian deputy foreign minister, and he served as ambassador to Spain, Morocco, Algeria, and Andorra.

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