AM NEWS | VOL. 61 February 2023

AM NEWS | VOL. 61 February 2023

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 2024 (Madrid, Spain). This year's international tourism fair brought together a total attendance of 250 000 visitors, 153 000 professionals, and 97 000 general public, including a relevant participation of our Affiliate Members.

In this promising framework, the Affiliate Members Department (AMD) organized another edition of the UN Tourism Affiliate Members Corner: Insights into Key Outbound Tourism Markets, that counted on remarkable participation from the Affiliate Members. Additionally, 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 2024-2025.

I am very satisfied with the outcomes achieved at FITUR, and I am looking forward to meeting you during the next International Tourism Fair: ITB Berlin.

Lastly, I am pleased to share with you the very positive response that the new tools and functionalities of the AMConnected+ platform have received among Affiliate Members. This user-friendly interface, inspired by the most widely used social networks, the ability to navigate based on your interests through Regional and Thematic Channels, the mobile version, and other available features, reflect our commitment to providing value to the UN Tourism Affiliate Membership.

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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