UNWTO emergency meeting at General Assembly to discuss Caribbean Tourism situation

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It has been a tough week for World Tourism and the challenges are still developing. The World Tourism Organization will take the opportunity when welcoming more than 1000 top tourism officials to Chengdu, China next week to organize a special meeting to discuss the impact of recent Hurricanes to the travel and tourism industry and the future of tourism Caribbean member nations.  
UNWTO leaders including Ambassador  Mrs. Dho Young-shim from South Korea, who is also the head of the UNWTO ST-EP Foundationinc and a recent candidate at the Secretary General election of the UN agencyurged for an emergency meeting to discuss the storm situation during the upcoming UNWTO General Assembly.  
Today UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai who is believed to be in Korea issued this statement:
“UNWTO is deeply saddened by the tragic effects brought by Hurricane Irma across the Caribbean.
 
“On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and stands ready to support the affected countries, where tourism is a pillar in the lives of so many people, to recover as swiftly as possible,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
 
“UNWTO will work alongside the affected countries in all the necessary measures to support them and trust that as in  previous occasion the people of these countries will show their resilience as life gets back to normal and they open for business” added Mr. Rifai.
 
UNWTO is conveying a special meeting to address the impacts of Hurricane Irma and the way forward on the occasion of its 22nd General Assembly taking place next week in China. The Assembly is expected to gather over 1000 participants from around the world.”
Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.