The Kingdom, represented by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) will be part of the council for the period 2018-2021.
This selection comes as a result of the BTEA’s efforts towards developing the tourism sector on a local level, as well as the Kingdom’s capability to represent the Middle East region in terms of tourism developments.
The announcement took place during the 22nd session of the World Tourism Organisation General Assembly, held in China in September. The UNWTO was established in 1925 and is based in the Spanish capital of Madrid. It is concerned with countries’ political affairs in terms of tourism and produces statistics on tourism demand and supply worldwide. Its membership includes 145 countries, comprises six regions, and 350 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.
The World Tourism Organisation’s Executive Council is considered the world’s top tourism executive body with 32 members representing the six regions of the world.
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