Dear Affiliate Members,

I am pleased to share with you the August 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 events for the second half of 2022, including UNWTO events and the ones carried out by or with the participation of our Affiliate Members.

Regarding the Affiliate Members Department's activities, on 12 July, we hosted the Induction Session for Affiliate Members. I would like to express my gratitude to all participants who joined the session to learn about the benefits and resources of the Membership and the opportunities for engagement.

Focusing now on the upcoming activities, I would like to inform you that our department has planned to attend the following events, where we will organize the following dedicated sessions for Affiliate Members:

  • Affiliate Members Corner: “Sustainability and Digitalization in Tourism Product Development” within the framework of Tourism EXPO Japan 2022, 22-25 September (Tokyo, Japan),
  • Affiliate Members' Session: "Breaking the ground in private-public partnership" within the framework of the World Tourism Day, 27 September (Bali, Indonesia),
  • Affiliate Members Corner: "Destinations to Producers" within the framework of Iberseries & Platino Industria, 27-30 September (Madrid, Spain).

Make sure to check the AMConnected Platform to know how to to take part in these initiatives!

I am also pleased to inform you that the 65th Regional Commission for Africa, will be taking place in Arusha, Tanzania (Africa) from the 5-7 October, while the 117th session of the UNWTO Executive Council has been confirmed to be held in Marrakesh (Africa) from the 23-25 November.

We will be sharing more information about these meetings and how to get involved through the AMConnected platform as the dates approach.

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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