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February 26, 2010

UNWTO welcomes outcome of first T.20 Ministers’ Meeting in South Africa


26 February 2010

TBM Staff, Mumbai:

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has welcomed the outcome of the first T.20 Ministers’ Meeting, a member-driven initiative with the support of UNWTO, held from February 22-24, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The meeting was held to debate on contribution of tourism to the global agenda, in particular to the ongoing process of supporting economic recovery and transformation towards a greener and more sustainable economy.

Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General Ad Interim, UNWTO said, “UNWTO is happy to support this initiative and believes that the outcomes of the first T.20 meeting will be a major contribution to the process of the Roadmap for Recovery approved in the last UNWTO General Assembly in Kazakhstan as the strategic framework for our global response to today’s multifaceted challenges.”

Following a constructive and future-oriented meeting, ministers and high officials gathered in South Africa concluded with the following recommendations:
  • To strengthen the analytical base that underpins the economic and development case for travel and tourism.
  • To intensify collaboration to position tourism as a key driver of sustainable economic and social development.
  • To enhance the role of tourism to contribute towards creating new, decent employment opportunities, boosting trade, renewing infrastructure, and above all, accelerating ethical and sustainable development, thereby expanding the reach of the economic benefits of tourism to a larger segment of the world population.
  • To continue to examine broad international economic frameworks that has a significant impact on global tourism development.
  • To increase cooperation between countries, working closely with stakeholders, with a view to facilitating international movement of tourists, addressing restrictive travel barriers and fostering mutual understanding and collaboration.
  • To engage and partner with the international community, including UNWTO; G20; international and intergovernmental bodies such as the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Labour Organisation(ILO); private sector organisations and associations such as the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC); national governments and regional organisations and the European Commission, in order to advance tourism’s role in stimulating the global economy, enhancing employment, creating jobs, alleviating poverty, supporting development and transforming progressively into a greener, more sustainable economy.