Rabat — The Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts, Air Transport and Social Economy, Nadia Fettah Alaoui, and the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, on Wednesday signed in Rabat a letter of intent for the organization of the 24th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Marrakech during the 4th quarter of 2021.
The signing of this letter of intent confirms the commitment of both parties to organizing this global event, said Fettah Alaoui at a working session with Pololikashvili, who is on his first official visit to Morocco as SG of the UNWTO.
This signing, which coincides with the start of vaccination campaigns across the world, gives a strong signal and a message of hope to the international tourism community and to Moroccan tourism stakeholders in particular, she added.
Morocco was one of the first countries on the continental level to launch its vaccination campaign, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, noted Ms. Fettah Alaoui, adding that this campaign is taking place in a climate of mobilization of all the components of the population and with very encouraging results.
She also recalled the measures taken by Morocco, under the enlightened vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, to fight against this crisis and which placed the health of citizens, the preservation of jobs and the boosting of economic activity at the heart of its concerns.
Morocco is proud and honored to bring together the family of tourism in Marrakech in 2021, she said, underlining the full mobilization of its ministry in collaboration with the concerned stakeholders to ensure the success of this global tourism event.
For his part, Pololikashvili said that the next UNWTO General Assembly that Morocco will host in 2021 will be historic and no effort will be spared to make it one of the most successful post-pandemic events.
The Marrakech meeting will be an opportunity to discuss the future of the tourism sector, which has been hard hit by the health crisis, he pointed out, adding that the member states of the organization and representatives of the private sector will be invited to take part in the event.
The Kingdom of Morocco was officially chosen as the host of the 24th Session of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in September 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.