On 14 and 15 September, Moscow for the first time will host a special visiting programme of the General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). For two days, business sessions, official meetings and cultural events are to be attended by ministers, delegates and representatives of state and private sectors of participating countries.
"It is a great honour and responsibility to welcome the General Assembly delegates in Moscow, and at the same time an opportunity to increase the attractiveness and significance of Moscow on the global stage. Representatives of field-specific ministries, departments and organisations engaged in tourism from 60 countries are expected to take part in the Moscow programme. We are ready to provide delegates the highest level of reception, with a business and tour programme to get introduced to Moscow. I am sure that we have many things to be proud of and to show our foreign colleagues, since Moscow has been gradually turning into a global centre of leisure and hospitality industry," said Yekaterina Pronicheva, Chairman of Moscow Committee for Tourism.
The business program will be presented by a session 'Everybody wins: the strategy of tourism development in global cities.' It will be primarily focused on the sustainable development of tourism, the importance of education, new jobs' availability and innovation.
Besides, foreign visitors will be offered themed tour programs to evaluate great variety of Moscow attractions.
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The UN World Tourism Organisation includes 158 countries. Its supreme governing body is the General Assembly, which convene every two years. It is the world's most high-profile summit in tourism.
Observers, as well as delegations of regular and affiliated members, have access to the plenary meetings of the Assembly. Each country is allowed to have no more that five delegates.