Dear Affiliate Members,

I am pleased to introduce you to a new edition of the Affiliate Members Newsletter. This monthly publication will inform you about the latest news, events, and initiatives related to your membership and our Affiliate Members network.

This special edition of the AMNewsletter highlights the main activities that saw the involvement of the Affiliate Members in the framework of FITUR 2023 (Madrid, Spain). This year's international tourism fair brought together 8,500 companies and more than 222,000 attendees, demonstrating that the tourism sector is on its way to the pre-pandemic level.

In this promising framework, the Affiliate Members Department (AMD) organized several events that counted on remarkable participation from the Affiliate Members. We presented the "Preliminary Conclusions from the World Experts Meeting on Cultural Tourism" (in collaboration with Comunidad de Madrid), followed by the 58th Meeting of the Board of Affiliate Members. We also held another edition of the UNWTO Affiliate Members Corner, under the theme "Trends taking shape in the travel industry in 2023", which provided an excellent opportunity to learn, exchange ideas, and discuss the important topics presented by 10 Affiliate Members. Furthermore, the AMD took the stage during FITUR SPORTS and FITUR SCREEN and had the opportunity to share the UNWTO's perspective on two growing topics in Tourism: Sports Tourism and Audiovisual Tourism. Lastly, my department held several bilateral meetings with Affiliate Members, and we had the opportunity to discuss future collaborations and set the basis for implementing joint projects included in the Programme of Work.

I am very satisfied with the outcomes achieved at FITUR, and I am looking forward to the meet you during the next International Tourism Fair: ITB Berlin. In this regard, I take this opportunity to remind you that, in view of the desire of Affiliate Members to take advantage of the main fairs and events to network and meet other Affiliate Members, my Department wants to further facilitate these fruitful interactions, and kindly invites you to let us know your planned events and activities for ITB Berlin. Click HERE for more information.

The Affiliate Members Department will continue to collaborate and support the Affiliate Members' initiatives to the best of its capabilities. 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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