AM Newsletter Volumen 17. March 2020

AM Newsletter Volumen 17. March 2020

Dear Affiliate Member,

In February we had focused on establishing the venue of our 42nd Plenary Session, which will take place in autumn 2020. I am happy to announce that after the full assessment of the two candidatures and taking into consideration all the details, evaluations and the recommendations received, including the recommendation of the Board of the Affiliate Members, the Secretary-General decided that Madrid will host the next Affiliate Members plenary session. We are now working with the Spanish national and local authorities to define the date and the logistic details and I am convinced that, in close collaboration with the Madrid City Council and with our Affiliate Member Madrid Destino we will prepare interesting events where you are all invited.

We also had focused on the organization of an Affiliate Members Department event in ITB: the “Affiliate Members Corner: Leading the Decade of Public Private Partnership for Sustainable Tourism”. However, due to COVID-19 outbreak, ITB was cancelled and therefore we were also forced to do the same.However, we will organize other AM Corners within the framework of other events as we are convinced these forums represent a great opportunity for our Affiliate Members to present their work in terms of initiatives, projects and publications and provide networking opportunities for any potential partnership and collaboration.

I would like to highlight the upcoming 63rd Regional Commission for Africa (CAF), which will be held in Victoria, Seychelles on 25-27 March. Within the framework of the CAF, the Forum on African Youth for Sustainable Tourism Solutions will take place aimed at identifying existing approaches and bringing new innovative ideas to boost sustainable practices within the tourism sector.

Finally, it is dutiful to tell a few words about the COVID-19 outbreak. On 6 March the UNWTO published a press release stating that political and financial commitments are key to ensure that tourism can lead wider economic and social recovery. Moreover, as the UN agency responsible for tourism and sustainable development, UNWTO stands ready to provide guidance and support for recovery measures of the private and public tourism sector, including organizers of tourism events and fairs.

As always, I am at your disposal and look forward to hearing any comment you may have.

Ion Vilcu

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