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El Salvador Will Sit on Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization; Country Awarded Vice-Chairmanship of Tourism for Latin America

El Salvador Will Sit on Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization; Country Awarded Vice-Chairmanship of Tourism for Latin America (Forimmediaterelease.net) In an unprecedented event in the nation's tourism history, El Salvador has been invited to sit on the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), the world's leading tourism entity, and has been named one of the two Vice-Chairs of WTO's Americas Commission (LACAM). The appointments were made during the 47th General WTO Assembly being held November 22-29 in Cartagena, Colombia.

Member countries remain on the Council four years, however, El Salvador and Mexico — two of the strongest candidates — chose to share the honor, with each serving two years.

The WTO Board of Directors is organized as follows: representing all regions of the world, a member is selected for every five of the 150 officially registered. In other words, El Salvador will hold one of the 30 chairs from which development policies are made on tourism, with the area serving to improve the economy of nations, uphold human rights, and allow for the strengthening of peace.

The new positions of chair and two vice-chairs of the WTO's Commission for the Americas (LACAM) were also awarded, the former to the Minister of Tourism of Colombia, and the two latter to El Salvador and Jamaica, respectively.

Through Minister Rochi's efforts, El Salvador's Vice-Chairmanship will allow, “us to gain more active participation and a leading role in LACAM, and what we will do is decide which issue to address, incorporating it into the agenda so that is something that Central America can do together," he said.

Along with these posts, El Salvador also becomes Chair Pro Tempore of the Iberoamerican Tourism Commission for 2008, in preparation for the Iberoamerican Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held in San Salvador next year, as well as Chair Pro Tempore of the Central American Tourism Council beginning January 2008.

Source: MITUR; CORSATUR
CONTACT: Ana Beatriz Flores, Hill & Knowlton of Guatemala,
+011-502-24208390, fax, +011-502-24208391,
anabeatriz.flores@hillandknowlton.com, for MITUR & CORSATUR

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