Paraguay assumes the presidency of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas

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Paraguay assumes the presidency of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas
Sofia Montiel de Afara, SERNATUR
Source: SERNATUR
June 25, 2021

The Minister of Tourism Sofía Montiel de Afara, thanked the trust placed in her country to lead the regional and extra-regional tourism work in the next two years


Through efforts promoted by the National Tourism Secretariat (Senatur), Paraguay obtained the presidency of the Regional Commission of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the Americas.

It was during its 66th Regional Meeting, developed with the slogan "Reactivation of the tourism sector for inclusive growth".

In it, the Minister of Tourism, Sofía Montiel, represented Paraguay and thanked the trust placed in our country to lead regional and extra-regional tourism work in the next two years.

"As one of the priorities to work on, the homologation of biosanitary protocols will be sought to give international tourists the assurance that the countries of the Americas are safe destinations," said Montiel.

In turn, the Secretary General of the UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili, highlighted the leadership of Minister Montiel in her management and her support to the tourism industry during the pandemic, promoting public-private partnerships, and training the sector in everything necessary, for a safe and quality reactivation.

Likewise, from the UNWTO they valued the work developed by the Senatur with the Young Tourism program, which empowers young people from communities throughout the country, encouraging them to propose tourism initiatives that benefit them economically, both themselves and their residents. localities.

Among the topics addressed we can mention: innovation, digitization, education and empowerment of women, and digitization in Rural Tourism, as an opportunity to encourage nature tourism in most countries.

Among the next steps for the recovery of tourism worldwide, through a strong, sustainable and resilient industry, it was proposed to give strong emphasis to Rural Tourism.

Paraguay will also hold the Vice Presidency in the UNWTO General Assembly, to be held in Morocco soon.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has 159 Member States, whose objective is to stimulate economic growth and job creation; encourage the protection of the environment and the heritage of destinations; and promote peace and understanding among all the nations of the world through tourism.

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