UNWTO to discuss tourism industry recovery at ITB

The challenges facing the international tourism industry will be further discussed at this year’s ITB Travel Trade Show, which takes place in Berlin, Germany, from March 10 to March 14.

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) secretary general, Taleb Rifai, will deliver the keynote address at the official opening of the trade show, on March 9.

According to the UNWTO website, the ITB Travel Trade Show will include discussions on paradigm shifts as the global economy starts to recover.

More focused discussions on the road to recovery, including the outcomes of the recent meeting of T20 tourism ministers in Johannesburg, will take place on March 11. South African minister of environmental affairs and tourism, Martinus van Schalkwyk, will play an important part in these talks.

The show will also be used to present updates on Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) projects in Ecuador, Ghana and Laos.

Tourism and biodiversity will be debated at some length, against the backdrop of examples from Indonesia and Thailand.

The Task Force for the Protection of Children in Tourism will convene on March 12, to discuss training practices.

For a full timetable on activities at ITB 2010, visit the UNTWO website.

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