Bernard Metzger meets with World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General Taleb Rifai in Madrid

World-Tourism-Organisation-Secretary-General-Taleb-Rifai-And-Founder-Travelindex-Bernard-Metzger-UNWTOMadrid (Spain) – December 22, 2016 – During a recent trip to Europe, Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex paid a courtesy call on Dr. Taleb Rifai UNWTO Secretary-General. The visit was to brief the Secretary-General on the developments and commitment of Travelindex in promoting tourism as a major contributing factor to
economic development, international understanding, peace and prosperity, paying particular attention to the 157 UNWTO Member States. In attendance of the meeting were also Carlos Vogeler, UNWTO Executive Director, John Kester, Director Tourism Market Trends Programme and Sandra Carvao, Chief Communications and Publications at UNWTO.

Commenting on the visit of Bernard Metzger, the Secretary-General said it was always a pleasure to have such friends visiting the UNWTO Headquarters especially now that we are about the launch the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and we need all support to highlight tourism’s enormous potential to contribute to the development of all countries within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

World-Tourism-Organisation-Secretary-General-Taleb-Rifai-And-Executive-Team-With-Founder-Travelindex-Bernard-Metzger-UNWTOBernard said “This was a great privilege and immense honor having the opportunity to meet Dr. Taleb Rifai and his executive team in a one hour private meeting and to explore all avenues of cooperation between our two organizations, in particular in the promotion of lesser known destinations. Am grateful for the open discussions and for the time taken by the Secretary-General and his team in the very busy end of the year period”.

Travelindex has been a strong advocate of public-private partnerships for the tourism industry as a way to address social and economic problems that are difficult or impossible for a single entity to tackle such as greater sustainability, inclusiveness, alleviating poverty, increasing access to education and peace in our societies.

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