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

AM NEWS | VOL. 43 JULY 2022

Dear Affiliate Members,

I am pleased to share with you the July Edition of the Newsletter, which focuses on the latest developments achieved by the Affiliate Members Department and future events and initiatives carried out by the UNWTO, the Affiliate Members Department, and the Affiliate Members themselves. Also included is the updated calendar of UNWTO events and the ones carried out by or with the participation of our Affiliate Members scheduled for the second half of 2022.

Regarding the Affiliate Members Department activities, on 21 June, we hosted the second Briefing for the Affiliate Members to provide first-hand information and explore options for engagement and participation for the Affiliate Members during the upcoming 7th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, scheduled for 13-15 December in Nara, Japan.

On 22-24 June I had the pleasure to deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the 6th edition of Conecta Fiction & Entertainment, held in Toledo, Spain. This provided the perfect stage to present our work on Screen Tourism, strengthening the link between the Audiovisual Industry and Tourism, and exploring potential new collaborations in this priority field.

Focusing now on the upcoming initiatives and activities, I am pleased to greet again the 15 new Affiliate Members who have been admitted to the Membership by the latest Executive Council. To welcome the new members, we have organized an online Induction Session for Affiliate Members on 12 July, during which the Affiliate Members Department team will also explain the main benefits and resources of the UNWTO Membership to all participants.

I am happy to share with you that my department has planned to attend the following important events, where we will have the opportunity to offer dedicated spaces to our Affiliate Members:

  • JATA Tourism Expo Japan 2022, 22-25 September (Tokyo, Japan),
  • World Tourism Day, 27 September (Bali, Indonesia),
  • Iberseries & Platino Industria, 27-30 September (Madrid, Spain).

We will provide you with all the details on how to get involved through the platform AMConnected!

Lastly, I am glad to keep working with our Affiliate Members to implement some of the initiatives and activities included in our Programme of Work 2022.

We are always available to explore potential collaborations with all of you.

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

Yours sincerely,
Ion Vilcu

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