AM NEWSLETTER Volume 22. September 2020

AM NEWSLETTER Volume 22. September 2020

Dear Affiliate Member,

I hope that you and your loved ones are in good health during these still very challenging and unprecedented times.

Tourism is restarting and parts of our world have entered the summer holiday season. With this, restriction on travel are slowly being eased, allowing tourism to start in a growing number of destinations. By means of this word to you, I would like to encourage you all to take this opportunity and contribute to the recovery of our industry. Finding a balance between public health and supporting the sector will not be easy, but it can be done! All together we can restart the tourism industry safely and successful, overcome this crisis and recover from it in a responsible, inclusive and sustainable way.

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that within the month of July, we have celebrated the UNWTO regional commission for the Middle East. We are happy to share with you that our Vice-President of the Board for Affiliate Members, Don Hawkins, has represented the private sector and presented the role of the AMs and their involvement in the initiatives of UNWTO in its efforts to mitigate the impact of the crisis and boost the restart of the industry.

I am also pleased to inform you that we had two very successful meetings with the members of the board of Affiliate Members, one held in Spanish and one held in English. The objective of these meetings was to offer our Affiliate members a suitable framework for dialog and a fast and effective exchange of information and ideas. As Affiliate Members Department we will continue to organize this type of meetings regularly, in different regional and sectoral formats and we will inform all Affiliate Members accordingly.

Lastly, I would like to remind you that the 112th of the Executive Council will be held at 15-17 September and, if the health situation allows it, it will be the first presential meeting organized by the UNWTO since the outbreak of the crisis.

As a final word, I encourage you to continue to share with us measures and initiatives you have envisaged to tackle the challenges at this stage and your prospect plans.

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

Ion Vilcu

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