AM NEWS VOL. 32 JUN 2021

AM NEWS VOL. 32 JUN 2021

The bulletin of UNWTO’s Affiliate Members from the tourism sector

Dear Affiliate Members,

I am pleased to share with you the Vol. 32 of our AM News Bulletin.

May has been the month of FITUR, the Madrid International Tourism Fair. Despite the challenges posed by the crisis, the organization of this big in-person event sent a clear message: the tourism sector is ready to restart.

At the UNWTO Affiliate Members Department we tried to make our participation as consistent as possible, by organizing several activities such as the Expert Meeting on Accessible Tourism, the Affiliate Members Corner, and the Panel of Experts on Screen Tourism in collaboration with Netflix. I am very proud of the level of participation and interest showed towards these events and I take this opportunity to thank all the organizations which supported us.

Now it is time to focus on the implementation of all the other projects and initiatives included in our Programme of Work. As you know, we are making great progress in the process of reform of the legal framework of the Affiliate Members, which is a priority as it will enable us to provide better services and add value to the membership.

Furthermore, we continue developing the activities of our Working Groups. In particular, I refer to the WG on Accessible Tourism, whose main outcome, the publication “Accessibility and Inclusive Tourism Development in Nature Areas” is now available in the UNWTO E-Library, and the WG on Scientific Tourism, which is advancing towards the organization of the 1st International Conference on Astrotourism that will take place in Evora (Portugal) from 8-11 of September.

We are also finalizing a global report on Screen Tourism and Cultural Affinity in collaboration with Netflix, as part of our commitment towards the priority line of action Tourism and Audiovisual industry. It will be soon available in our E-Library.

Lastly, we are working on the organization of two important events: the Platino Awards Gala “17 Awards, 17 SDGs”, in collaboration with EGEDA, that will be held in Madrid from 27 September – 2 October, and the World Sports Tourism Congress with the Catalan Tourism Board, that will be celebrated in Lloret de Mar the 25-26 of November.

In this respect, I would like to encourage you to visit our AMConnected platform regularly to find the latest updates and information on these and other activities of the Affiliate Members Department. As always, I am at your disposal and look forward to hearing any comments you might have.

Yours sincerely,
Ion Vilcu

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