14 September, 2017
It is called every two years to discuss the most current issues in the tourism industry.
"China is an inspiration to others in terms of its supportive tourism policies and in placing tourism at the centre of its poverty alleviation and national development strategies", said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai at the opening of the 22nd session of the General Assembly. China was elected President of the Assembly.
The Chairman of the UNWTO Executive Council, Li Jinzao, who conducted the elections and the General Assembly said that the body suspended Rule 43 of its Statutes which stipulates secret balloting for the elections.
Bahrain, represented by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), has been selected as a member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) Executive Council for the period 2018-2021.
"My contributions to UNWTO at various events held in Cote d' Ivoire, Madrid and Ethiopia have been borne out of conviction that, this is the way to go". Mikheil Janelidze brought to the attention of Ali Asghar Mounesan the reforms implemented in Georgia's tourism sector and the impressive statistics pointing to the rising level of interest in Georgia as a tourist destination.
89 organisations, institutions and enterprises from 29 countries and regions have joined the WTA as founding members.
"We also see that, more and more, governments and administrations across the world are prioritising tourism to transform their countries for the better".
On his last day of the trip, Mounesan will be present in the second conference of the General Assembly which is aimed at appointing the new General Secretary.