Zurab Pololikashvili from Georgia confirmed UNWTO Secretary General

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Zurab Pololikashvili from Georgia was confirmed as UNWTO Secretary General at the General Assembly today.

The confirmation was not elected by secret vote.
Dr. Walter Mzembi from Zimbabwe was the first to congratulate him and committed his support

Mr.Pololikashvil said this was a vote of friendship, and thanked Taleb Rifai for his work and China for being a gracious host.

The General assembly audience stood up and applauded to honor Taleb Rifai for his tireless work. Rifai said: “I will miss you all.”

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