AM NEWS VOL. 33 JUL 2021

AM NEWS VOL. 33 JUL 2021

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

Dear Affiliate Members,

I am pleased to share with you the Vol. 33 of our AM News Bulletin.

In the last month we made great progress on several activities that were included in the
Programme of Work for 2021.

I refer in particular to the process of reform of the legal framework of the affiliate membership,
which is part of our efforts to provide better services to the Affiliate Members by building up a
better-defined structure of our procedures and management system. In the last meeting of the
WG-AMLR held in June the last package of articles was approved by its members and in July the
final text of the Legal Framework of the UNWTO Affiliate Membership will be approved.

Furthermore, we continue developing the activities of our Working Groups. The WG on Scientific
Tourism continues to make great steps in the organization of the 1st International Conference
on Astrotourism that will take place in Evora (Portugal) from 8-11 of September, and the WG on
SDGs support is now discussing proposals for joint cooperation among the members, including
an Online course on Tourism and SDGs.

We are also working on the organization of two important events with our partners: 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.

Even more importantly, we are already preparing our participation in the UNWTO 24th General
Assembly, that will take place in Marrakech, Morocco, between the end of November and the
beginning of December
. This is the most important statutory meeting of our Organization,
and we will make our best efforts to organize a successful Plenary Session of the Affiliate Members,
along with guaranteeing the highest visibility to our activities and participation of our members.

Lastly, with aim of adding value to the membership and supporting our Affiliate Members, we
organized the first webinar on how to maximize the use of our interactive platform AMConnected.
This was one of the main requests by our Affiliate Members highlighted in the survey that was
launched in April.

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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