UNWTO saddened by the death of Beatriz Canal de Barco

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) was deeply sorry to learn of the death, on 19 May 2014, of Mrs Beatriz Canal de Barco, former Chair of the UNWTO Executive Council and Head of the Delegation of Colombia.

Beatriz Canal de Barco was voted Chair of the Council for the year 1989 and was subsequently elected to an unprecedented second term in 1990. She was an active Chair, paying attention not only to administrative and programme issues but also to staff questions such as the retirement fund.  At its Goa, India, session in 1990, the Council praised her “charm, competence and capacity for hard work which have contributed to enhancing the prestige of the Council and consequently that of UNWTO”.

Mrs Barco’s terms coincided with the end of the mandate of UNWTO Secretary-General Dr. Willibald Pahr and the appointment of Mr. Antonio Enríquez Savignac in his stead. She took all necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition, a matter of some importance given the financial difficulties being experienced by the Organization at that time.

Mrs. Barco was a memorable and valued person and she will be sorely missed by those knew her.

Obituary – Beatriz Canal de Barco



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