Egypt re-elected member of World Tourism Organisation's Executive Council

Egypt re-elected member of World Tourism Organisation's Executive Council

Egypt re-elected member of World Tourism Organisation's Executive Council

Egypt was elected with a majority vote during the UNWTO's 22nd General assembly titled 'Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals, Journey to 2030, ' which is being held in Chengdu China from 11 to 16 September, the ministry said in a statement emailed to Ahram Online.

All the elections to the seats were done by acclamation by delegates as agreed by the General Assembly.

Mr. Jinzao is the Chairman, Chinese National Tourism Administration, the host of the UNWTO 22nd General Assembly. "This General Assembly is a unique opportunity to continue advancing together", he said.

"When you are recognised on a global stage like this, it encourages and spurs you to do more".

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"But I was quite surprised when I got a call that I was being nominated to serve Africa as a Vice President of this General Assembly".

Balala, who has in the past won the Africa Tourism Minister of the year ward (2009), has been credited for spearheading the country's tourism sector's recovery efforts after it crashed towards the end of 2012 following bouts of terror attacks in Nairobi and at the Coast. "Besides being the fourth most-visited country in the world, with 59 million global arrivals in 2016, China is also the largest domestic tourism market, with 4.4 billion trips made within its borders", he added.

89 organisations, institutions and enterprises from 29 countries and regions have joined the WTA as founding members.

On his last day of the trip, Mounesan will be present in the second conference of the General Assembly which is aimed at appointing the new General Secretary.

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