Geoffrey Lipman: “Yes” or “No” on UNWTO Secretary General Confirmation
Professor Geoffrey Lipman is former Assistant Secretary General of UNWTO, first President of WTTC and Executive Director at IATA He has known and worked with at least 5 Secretary Generals, served as Assistant Secretary-General of the UNWTO.
He contacted eTurboNews in regards to the upcoming confirmation hearing for Secretary General at the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu later this month.
Tourism ministers from more than 120 countries are expected in the most controversial UNWTO election ever to confirm or not confirm Zurab Pololikashvili, the nominee from Georgia.
Lipman said: “Let’s agree the campaign to challenge the Executive Council’s Secretary General recommendation has stirred the pot…whatever the motive.
“I have always sought in my comments to add an objective “amicus curiae” viewpoint.but now we are getting close to the decision-making in Chengdu I want to take one last shot.
“B) If the Assembly gives the requisite votes to Zurab, the naysayers should back off and help him to get the most out of UNWTO to deal with the big external and internal challenges the world and our sector face. And that includes journalists and lobbyists.