KINGDOM OF MOROCCO, recently, hosted three days official visit, of the United National World Tourism Organization, UNWTO, delegation to Morocco, to discuss preparations for the 24th UNWTO General Assembly, scheduled for October 2021; the first global high-level United Nations event to be held since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General, led the delegation; that met with Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, Nadia Fettah Alaoui, and her team; to discussed the programme, calendar and facilities, in preparation for the statutory meeting, that will focus on “Education And Youth, Rural Development And Digital Innovation”.

Morocco delegation expressed commitment to organizing an “historic” General Assembly, to showcase the importance of restarting international tourism in a safe and more sustainable way. The tourism industry is adapting to new reality in the face of global pandemic, and needs to face the future with optimism with the backing of members.

Prime Minister of Morocco, Saadeddine Othmani and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, welcomed UNWTO Secretary-General and his delegation. The importance of the scheduled General Assembly, and high-level support of the host country, were highlighted during discussions.

Governor of Marrakesh-Safi region, Karim Kassi Lahlou, other local authorities and representatives of the private sector of the area that will be strongly involved in the preparations for this meeting, also received the UNWTO delegation.

Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO, thanked the Prime Minister and his government for their “hard work” to ensure that the Assembly will be a success on the back of the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said: “Tourism is adapting to the new reality and we face the future with optimism and with the backing of our Members.”