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108th Session of UNWTO Executive Council, San Sebastián, Spain

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, K. J. Alphons along with a delegation of senior officials attended the 108th session of UNWTO Executive Council from 23rd to 25th May 2018 held in San Sebastian, Spain. In the opening remarks, the Minister highlighted the role of tourism in socio-economic development through job creation, enterprise and environment development and foreign exchange earnings. The Minister also brought out the impact of innovation and new technology, which have become key factor for competitiveness of every economic sector including tourism. The executive council decided that in order to address new challenge and trends, the organization will pay special attention to scaling up innovation and digitalization in the sector.

At the sidelines of the meeting, the Tourism Minister also had a meeting with the Secretary-General of UNWTO,Zurab Pololikashvili and discussed on developing a Joint Action Plan focused on Tourism Innovation and Digital Transformation. The discussions also included involving UNWTO in developing tourism as a strong agent for the better future of the world and establishing the Global Public Private Partnerships.

Bilateral Meeting with Mr Alvaro Nadal, Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, Government of Spain
Mr. K. J. Alphons also met the Tourism Minister of Spain, Álvaro Nadal wherein both the Ministers discussed cooperation in the field of tourism primarily pertaining to synergy between India’s Iconic Destinations and Spain’s Smart Destinations, Setting up of Centre of Excellence for Tourism Technology, Training programme for Tourism professionals (Central/State employees) Management of Pilgrim Destinations and also management of UNESCO Heritage sites.