The UNWTO Secretary-General concluded a 5-day trip to Australia where he met with federal and state government officials as well as main private sector associations and UNWTO Affiliate Members. During his visit, Mr. Rifai underscored the progress made by Australia in converging with UNWTOs main policy recommendations: supporting travel facilitation, intelligent taxation and sustainability (7-11 February).
Chairing the Tourism Promotion Meeting in Seoul, the President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye, unveiled plans to advance tourism promotion by boosting smart tourism, encouraging more nationals to travel and promoting capacity building in support of job creation. UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, addressed the Meeting and underscored the countrys lead in connecting state-of-the-art tourism initiatives with the sectors potential to face poverty challenges and provide development opportunities (3 February 2014, Seoul, Republic of Korea).
Airbus today published a new research report about the comfort demands of Asian economy class passengers. 'The Future of Comfort: Asia' conducted by global future consultancy Future Laboratory, reveals new insights into the evolving demands of tomorrow's increasingly influential Asian air passengers.
The International Air Transport Association has appointed Conrad Clifford as Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific. Clifford joins IATA on 1 February 2014 and will be based in its Asia Pacific Regional Office in Singapore. He succeeds Maunu von Lueders, who is retiring from IATA.