Across two days, Tourism Ministers and other high-level representatives, including private sector leaders and delegates from international organizations reviewed UNWTO’s leadership of the sector over the past year, with Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili’s report focused on key international tourism trends and the Organization’s key priorities for the region, including work around education and investments.
ka Komisina ʻĀpana ua hoʻomaka ʻia e ka Peresidena o Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, ka mea i hui pū me ke Kuhina Kaʻikaʻi a me ka mea hoʻokipa o ka hui ʻana, ʻo Tabaré Viera, a me ke Kuhina o ka ʻāina ʻo Francisco Bustillo. Ua hiki mai ka hālāwai i ʻelua pule wale nō ma hope o ka hoʻokipa ʻana o Uruguay i kahi ʻaha kūkā o UNESCO honua, e hōʻike ana i ka hoʻokō ʻana o ka ʻāina i ka hui multilateral a me ke kākoʻo ʻana i ka misionari a me nā waiwai o ka United Nations, kahi mea nui o ka mākaʻikaʻi no ka hoʻomohala ʻana.
President Lacalle welcomed the UNWTO leadership, stating that tourism remains a key part of Uruguay’s state economic policy, and the Commission meeting “emphasized the importance of everyone working for the reactivation of tourism”, both in Uruguay and across the wider region.
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “Tourism has proven potential to inspire change and drive growth across the Americas and UNWTO’s Member States of the region are showing the way forward in building a tourism sector that works for everyone, with sustainability and inclusiveness at its heart.”
Alongside the Commission Meeting, both met in private to further deepen the already-strong partnership between UNWTO and Uruguay, a key ally in the region and promoter of tourism for development across the Americas, including through high-level multilateral platforms and organizations.
Ua hōʻike ʻo Kuhina Tabaré Viera i ka hoʻokō ʻana o Uruguay e hoʻomaka hou i ka mākaʻikaʻi, e hoʻomanaʻo ana i nā poʻe hui ʻo kēia hui huakaʻi nui mua ma Uruguay mai ka hoʻomaka ʻana o ka maʻi maʻi, ua hoʻouna i kahi leka ma waho o ka ʻāina ponoʻī. Ua hoʻolaha pū ke Kuhina e pili ana ʻo Uruguay i ka UNWTO ʻO ka Code International no ka pale ʻana i nā mea mākaʻikaʻi, a no laila e lilo ʻoe i waena o nā ʻāina mua o ka honua e hana i nā hana paʻa e hoʻihoʻi i ka hilinaʻi i ka huakaʻi honua, me ka hoʻoikaika ʻana i ka hoʻokō ʻana o Uruguay i ka mākaʻikaʻi a me ka mālama ʻana i ka poʻe mākaʻikaʻi a palekana.
Ke hoʻohuli nei i nā pilikia i nā manawa kūpono
UNWTO Members addressed the key challenges facing tourism today and opportunities for recovery and growth. The debates among member states were complemented by special interventions, including the presentation the Tourism Promotion Hub for Latin America, Latina Tower, in New York City, and by the Latin American Development Bank (CAF).
CAF, the leading investor in infrastructure across the region, addressed for the first time a UNWTO governing body, advancing the newly-established partnership between the Bank and UNWTO. Alongside this, a policy discussion on “Accelerating Recovery and Building Resilience”, benefitted from insights of leaders from across the region,
Hoʻopuka i ka hilinaʻi
Within the framework of the Regional Commission, Members met for a seminar on the UNWTO International Code for the Protection of Tourists. The landmark legal code, designed to offer tourists more protection and so increase confidence in international travel, was adopted by Members at the UNWTO General Assembly in 2021. Two countries of the Americas, Ecuador and Paraguay have already made steps to incorporating it into national legislation, while Uruguay will initiate the corresponding process. UNWTO’s legal experts provided updates on the implementation and workings of the Code, with a focus on addressing existing gaps in the provision of assistance to tourists caught in emergency situations, drawing from lessons of the pandemic.
On the side-lines of the Regional Commission meeting, Secretary-General Pololikashvili met with the Minister of Tourism of Brazil, Carlos Brito, and then separately with Minister of Tourism from Guatemala, Ms. Anayansy Rodríguez, to discuss their countries’ tourism sectors and opportunities to work more closely with UNWTO in the post-pandemic recovery phase.
I ka pau ana, ua koho na Mokuaina Hui e malama i ka halawai 68 o ka UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas in Ecuador in the first half of 2023.