AM News Vol. 29 Abril 2021

AM News Vol. 29 Abril 2021

Dear Affiliate Members,

I am pleased to share with you the April 2021 edition of our AM News bulletin.

As you will read in this issue, the development of the Legal Reform of the Affiliate Membership is moving forward at a good pace. In March, we held our third meeting with the members of the Working Group for the Reform of the Legal Framework to debate and exchange proposals on the draft text for the new article 6 concerning the creation and functioning of the future Committee on Matters related to Affiliate Membership. The creation of this Committee aims at improving the integration of UNWTO Affiliate Members with the UNWTO as a whole and, more specifically, with the Member States. I am confident that this new Committee will provide our Membership with a much-needed new governing body, which is currently lacking, to ensure an institutional channel for an effective and fruitful interaction with the Member States.

Another aspect we would like to highlight in this issue is the work developed by two of our UNWTO Working Groups: the UNWTO Working Group on Accessible Tourism and the UNWTO Working Group on Science Tourism. Both are making good progress towards a fruitful exchange of information, expertise and best practices. As a result, in the coming months we will see two interesting outcomes. One is the organisation of the very 1st International Conference on Astrotourism, which will be held in September in Portugal. The other one is the release of a joint report on on Good Practices on Accessible Tourism in Rural and Nature Areas, which will be finalized soon. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all active members of the Working Groups for their enormous commitment and dedication.

Finally, as you can see in the agenda of events, we are already preparing an interesting programme of dedicated activities for our Affiliate Members at FITUR 2021, the International Tourism Fair in Madrid (Spain), to be held from 19 to 23 May. You will soon receive more details on the exclusive package that will be offered to our Affiliate Members. Among some activities, we will organize the ‘’AM Corner’’ at FITUR, an exclusive space for UNWTO Affiliate Members to present their initiatives on tourism recovery to other members and participants. This activity, organized for the second consecutive year, reflects our strong commitment to boosting the visibility of your work at International events like this one.

I would like to encourage you to visit the AMConnected platform regularly to read the latest updates and information on these and other activities, and to keep sharing with us your news.

As always, I am at your disposal and look forward to hearing any comment you might have.

Yours sincerely,
Ion Vilcu

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