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Al-Khalifa to run for UNWTO secretary general | News

Shaika Mai Al-Khalifa from the kingdom of Bahrain will problem the incumbent, Zurab Pololikashvili, for...

Shaika Mai Al-Khalifa from the kingdom of Bahrain will problem the incumbent, Zurab Pololikashvili, for the purpose of secretary normal of the United Nations Planet Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Pololikashvili was appointed to the position in 2017 and will find a second a few-year mandate through an government council assembly of the overall body in Madrid this month.

Al-Khalifa is presently in the Spanish funds for the party, presenting her candidacy for the function.

In the course of her remain, she has met with a wide assortment of representatives from member states to set out her eyesight for the foreseeable future of the tourism sector.

Final 12 months was a massively challenging a person for tourism, with international arrivals falling by 72 per cent about the initially 10 months of 2020.

The sector was hit by constraints on vacation, small shopper self confidence and a world struggle to have the Covid-19 virus, all of which contributed to the worst calendar year on file in the background of tourism.

In accordance to the most recent tourism data from the UNWTO, locations welcomed 900 million less international vacationers amongst January and Oct when in comparison with the identical time period of 2019.

This translates into a decline of US$935 billion in export revenues from intercontinental tourism, more than ten occasions the reduction in 2009 less than the influence of the international economic disaster.

In advance of the conference, Al-Khalifa said: “I am enjoying the attractive town of Madrid, and my pay a visit to so significantly has been pretty prosperous.

“I am confidently approaching a profitable majority dependent upon the commitments of those people who consider that it is time for a paradigm shift for the tourism sector.”   

Al-Khalifa promised a dynamic and transparent leadership of UNWTO.

In her vision statement, she states that in the to start with twelve months of her phrase she will have listened to just about every member condition of the organisation and drafted a method primarily based on what the customers have to have.

She also pledges to operate tirelessly to protected the sources essential to realise all those aspirations.

Al-Khalifa extra: “I am assured that the tourism sector will recover from this crisis as it has recovered from quite a few past crises.

“I believe that that we have to have to operate closely on the concern of journey protocols, in addition to doing work with governments on fiscal help schemes.

“It has been very challenging due to journey restrictions to journey to the member states and fulfill the countrywide tourism organisations in individual but I have accomplished the most I could do provided the limitation of time and the instances of the pandemic.

“I am grateful to the dedication I acquired from so a lot of international locations and glance forward to starting off a new period.

“We are now self-confident we have a winning vast majority to produce on this mandate.”

The Arab Tourism Ministers’ Council previously unanimously permitted the nomination of Al-Khalifa for the purpose.

She is presently president of the Bahrain Authority for Tradition & Antiquities (BACA).

More Details

For much more facts on the 113th government council conference of the United Nations Globe Tourism Organisation, established to take put on January 18th-19th in Madrid, head around to the formal web site.