Head of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has met with a high-level delegation from the United States Department of State as the country moves closer to rejoining the United Nations specialized agency for tourism.
Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh and Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Kevin Moley were welcomed by UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, following up on the announcement that the USA is exploring rejoining UNWTO, of which it is a founding member. The two parties enjoyed productive discussions as the terms of membership are being finalized.
It is the highest level visit of a US delegation to the UNWTO headquarters registered so far. In June of this year, the United States used the occasion of the UNWTO Executive Council meeting to confirm it is exploring the possibility of rejoining, stating that “the UNWTO offers great potential to fuel economic growth in the U.S. tourism sector, create new jobs for American workers, and highlight American travel destinations”.
“It is extremely encouraging that the United States has signaled its intention to rejoin UNWTO and support tourism as a key driver of job creation, investments and entrepreneurship and safeguarding natural and cultural heritage the world over”. UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashili underscored this.