AM NEWS VOL. 36 NOV 2021

AM NEWS VOL. 36 NOV 2021

Dear Affiliate Members,

I am pleased to share with you the Vol. 36 of our AM News Bulletin. November is the month of the 24th UNWTO General Assembly, the most important statutory meeting of our Organization. As you know, it will be held in Madrid on November 30 – December 3, after the decision by the Government of Morocco to withdraw due to the evolution of the current global situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Within the framework of the General Assembly, the Affiliate Members Department will organize several meetings and activities that will reflect the work done this year and the future main initiatives and projects. First of all, we will celebrate the 43rd UNWTO Affiliate Members Plenary Session, in which the draft Programme of Work 2022, incorporating the main proposals shared by our Affiliate Members, will be presented, and the Revised Rules of Procedure of the Committee of the Affiliate Members will be submitted to their approval.

In addition to this, the new Legal Framework for the Affiliate Members will be submitted to the approval of the General Assembly, and we trust it will contribute to increasing the quality of the Affiliate Membership and strengthening the cooperation between the Affiliate Members and the Member States.

Another important item of the Agenda is the admission of the new Affiliate Members. We will submit a high-quality list of more than 3 entities from all the regions of the world to the approval of the General Assembly.

In order to enrich the participation of our Affiliate Members in this important statutory meeting, another edition of the AM Corner will take place, providing them with the opportunity to present their projects and initiatives and so increasing their visibility.

We are also planning to organize an exhibition in partnership with Netflix to promote the Global Report on Cultural Affinity and Screen Tourism, which was recently published in the UNWTO E-Library. A combination of digital and physical assets will showcase the main findings of the report and will boost visibility on the reciprocity between sustainable tourism, culture and the audiovisual sector.

Lastly, on 25-26 December we will celebrate in Lloret de Mar the first World Sports Tourism Congress, in partnership with the Catalan Tourism Board. The event, which will be held in a hybrid format, will count on a list of renowned speakers that will share their knowledge on the current and future trends of Sports Tourism.

As always, I am at your disposal and look forward to hearing any comments you might have. Looking forward to meeting you in Madrid and Lloret de Mar!

Yours sincerely,
Ion Vilcu

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