Romania has become a member on the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), along with Lithuania, Greece, Russia and Azerbaijan, Romania’s Ministry of Tourism announced on Monday.
According to the ministry, there were several countries inside the UNWTO Regional Commission for competing for five positions on the Executive Council, with Romania having garnered 22 votes for, more than half of the votes cast. The other countries to have won a seat in the governing body of the WTO are: Lithuania (27 votes), Greece (25), Russia (22) and Azerbaijan (20).
“Romania is reconsolidating its global position in the field of tourism. Today, our country has obtained a seat in the governing body of the World Tourism Organisation, following the submission of the application by the Ministry of Tourism. Starting today, Romania has the extraordinary opportunity to take part in all the WTO decisions on the development of tourism worldwide and to be actively involved in the dynamics of the Executive Council.”
Supporting Romania’s candidacy was a delegation headed by Tourism Minister Mircea Dobre in Chengdu (China) during the 22nd meeting of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organisation.
In his speech in support of Romania’s candidacy, Tourism Minister Mircea Titus Dobre pointed out that Romania will continue to actively share its good practices and expertise in regional and global tourism, undertaking a dynamic role and supporting cooperation among all players in the tourism sector. “Moreover, Romania is undertaking to get actively involved in the well-being of the organisation and has therefore reaffirmed its strong commitment and support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Tourism Ministry has committed itself to continue to work within the WTO to increase the tourism sector and improve the quality of life for people worldwide and to strengthen cooperation between all member states (…) The presence of Romania as a member of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organisation represents international recognition of the efforts made in the field of tourism and an opportunity to increase the visibility of Romania externally, both as a tourism destination and as an active partner in the field of tourism at international level.”
The Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, made up of 33 member states, is the governing body that coordinates the work of the organisation in between the sessions of the General Assembly and makes sure that the organisation’s activities are carried out.
WTO is a United Nations agency that coordinates the international promotion of responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism. The organisation has 156 full member states.