UNWTO Appoints Minister Ali Waheed as Member of Global Tourism Crisis Community

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has appointed its South Asia Regional Committee Chair and Tourism Minister of Maldives, Ali Waheed as a member in the Global Tourism Crisis Community.

Minister Ali Waheed said, “Maldives will beat Covid-19 with the support from the rest of the world and we will welcome you all in a not so far away future.”

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“We encourage the private sector, the international community and fellow citizens of the world to help each other, work together in solidarity and stay positive at these challenging times to defeat the virus”, he further added.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) hosted a high-level virtual meeting on 19th March, bringing together key UN agencies, the chairs of its Executive Council and Regional Commissions, and private sector leaders.

Tourism is the economic sector that has been hardest hit by COVID-19 and all participants accepted an invitation from the UNWTO Secretary-General to become part of a Global Tourism Crisis Committee, formed as UNWTO prepares to launch a global guide for recovery.

The UNWTO-led Committee will hold regular virtual meetings, reflecting the need for coordinated and efficient action by the private and public sectors, governments, international financing institutions, and the United Nations.

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