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UNWTO and WTM Ministers Summit to address tourism and aviation policies

UNWTO and WTM Ministers Summit to address tourism and aviation policies ( The 2013 UNWTO and WTM Ministers´ Summit at the World Travel Market (WTM) will put a spotlight on the essential connection between air transport and tourism, debating the challenges and opportunities of promoting higher policy coordination between aviation and tourism (London, United Kingdom, November 5, 2013).

Tourism Ministers from around the world and private sector representatives will be participating in a discussion around the theme “How to bridge the gap between tourism and aviation policies”. Charles Hodson, anchor of CNN International´s flagship business program, “World Business Today” will moderate the debate.

The Summit´s 2013 edition will address the following issues:

• Bringing air transport and tourism policies closer together

• Opportunities and challenges facing air transport and development – infrastructure, taxes and levies, visa facilitation and regulation

• Success factors and remaining obstacles

Speakers include the Ministers and Secretaries of State for Tourism of Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, South Africa and Spain as well as the President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the Vice President of Government Affairs of Amadeus, the Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Vice President for Europe of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Director of the Air Transport Bureau of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The discussion will be further enriched by the participation of over 40 Ministers registered to attend the event.

Now on its seventh year, the UNWTO/WTM Ministers´ Summit is part of the World Travel Market Ministers Program, bringing together Tourism Ministers and leading tourism experts to debate each year key issues affecting the future of the sector.

MEDIA CONTACT: Principal Media Officer, Marcelo Risi, Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60, Email: , Web: ; UNWTO Communications Program, Tel: +34 91-567-8100, Fax: +34 91-567-8218,

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