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Why wait for the UNWTO General Assembly? New secretary General already put in place?

Why wait for the  UNWTO General Assembly? New secretary General already put in place?

It’s the most talked about and most contested election by an executive committee of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Many leaders of the global travel and tourism industry and governments have shown serious doubts for the next UNWTO General Assembly to confirm the recommendation by the Executive Council.

This confirmation is needed for the winning candidate  Ambassador Zurab Pololikashvili to be confirmed as the next SG. This confirmation process will take place during the full UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu, China in September 2017. Once confirmed the term will start January 1, 2018

The time from September to the end of the year could easily be used for the current Secretary General to show the Secretary-Elect how the system works.

According to information received by eTN, this process has already started and some within the Organization are surprised.

Mr. Pololikasvili attended two top level management discussions in Madrid only open to the Secretary General and his directors.

For many, it doesn’t come as a big surprise that Mr. Pololikasvili is already acting as a Secretary General before his confirmation.

Secretary General UNWTO is the title and recognition ambassador Pololikashvili published for him on  known as the “Oscar” for Georgian tourism. The  National Tourism Awards proudly appointed Zurab as a juror because of his title “Secretary General UNWTO” title.

The awards enjoy big support from the Georgian government and from the private sector. National Tourism Administration of Georgia is a co-organizer of this project, The Ministry of Economics and Sustainable Development of Georgia and Tbilisi City Hall are Official Supporters.

The main mission of the project is to encourage tourism and hospitality industry in Georgia and promote the awareness of the high-achieving tourism business and brands that create a positive image of the country worldwide.

Awards Ceremony is an opportunity to bring together national and local authorities, hotels, restaurants, tour operators, travel agencies, wine companies and more. It is a kind of “Oscar” for Georgian tourism and hospitality industry and the reason to celebrate Georgian heritage, culture, traditions and modern achievements.

Another surprise move was for Pololikashvili to meet the Bulgarian Tourism Minister Angelkova and discuss issues only relevant to UNWTO and not issues relevant for bilateral issues between Georgia and Bulgaria.

A report in the Bulgarian media said: “The Bulgarian Tourism Minister Angelkova met with UNWTO Secretary-General Nominee Pololikashvili held a working meeting in Belgrad at a Conference on Sustainable Tourism in the Danube Region.”

“The two considered the opportunities for cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism and the UNWTO, as well as future joint initiatives for sustainable development of the sector. Angelkova familiarized Pololikashvili with the steps taken by Bulgaria for sustainable development of tourism and assured him that the country will continue to be one of the most active UNWTO members.”

The Bulgarian minister told journalist at a press conference Bulgaria had supported the Georgian candidate with the countries vote.