I’m in Yerevan, Armenia, for the opening day of the annual meeting of companies and organizations who are part of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Affiliate Programme. UNWTO, the United Nations Specialized Agency for Tourism, is responsible for promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism worldwide. At this meeting delegates from around the globe will be discussing trends, best practices and transformative ideas, with a special focus on the upcoming 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. I’m here as part of the delegation from Hostelling International, which is a Vice Chair of the Affiliate Group.
UNWTO’s leader is Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. He is widely recognized for his inclusive, forward looking efforts to build a travel and tourism sector that embraces economic, environmental and social aims. In this first of a two part interview, he speaks about millennials, tourism and peace. By Russ Hedge. Read more.