Chile assumes the presidency of the UNWTO Executive Council

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Chile assumes the presidency of the UNWTO Executive Council
José Luis Uriarte, Sernatur
Thu January 21, 2021

The Undersecretary of Tourism José Luis Uriarte assumes the Presidency of the Council for the period 2021 - 2022

With the presence of the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization Zurab Pololikashvili and representatives of the 33 member countries, a new version of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization began in a year marked by the Coronavirus pandemic and the profound crisis that tourism is going through worldwide.

From Chile and via telematics, the Undersecretary of Tourism, José Luis Uriarte, assumed the presidency of the council on behalf of our country for the period 2021 - 2022, a position that was ratified by the member countries of the committee and that puts Chile for the first time the head of this committee of the United Nations office in charge of tourism.

During the opening ceremony, the tourism minister emphasized the new scenario that is looming for world tourism, where we must adapt and seek the new opportunities that open up for the sector in times of pandemic.

In the same way and during his speech, Uriarte delivered a message to the member countries of the Council, noting that: “Each of the countries that we represent has had to face different challenges, but there are some that, I am sure, are transversal. Restore confidence in travel, gradually prepare both tourists and those who will receive them once mass travel is resumed, fight against "tourismophobia" and carry out strategies to reopen "

The national Minister of Tourism explained that this Executive Council “is the most important body within the UNWTO. It is made up of representatives from 33 countries, who, together with working hand in hand with the Secretary General, play a key role in defining policies, strategies and programs to be followed at the global level to develop the tourism industry, a task that is of fundamental importance at times. that we must work together for the reactivation of the sector ”.

The Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization was held on January 18 and 19 in the city of Madrid, Spain and included the intervention of the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez and the King of that country, among others, His Majesty Felipe VI.


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