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Bold or clever? Georgia Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili at UNWTO year of sustainable tourism

The gloves are off at the UNWTO Secretary General fight who becomes the next secretary general.

The gloves are off at the UNWTO Secretary General fight who becomes the next secretary general. It doesn’t even stop prime ministers like His Excellency Giorgi Kvirikashvili from Georgia to push his way as the first and most important speaker today at the UNWTO opening for the 2017 year of international sustainable tourism for development in Marid.

The prime minister and as a head of State, he went on the stage to pitch his ambassador to Spain, H.E. Zurab Pololikashvili candidacy to lead the United Nations World Tourism Organization as the next secretary general.


Ambassador Zurab Pololikashvili had presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) several weeks prior.

The prime minister pointed out Georgia beeing qualified since the country is a European country and had a 20% growth in tourism last year.

Some in the audience thought this was a bold and self-servicing step knowing all other candidates were there unable to speak or discuss their ambition. “A clever play”, was the other response.




Candidates from Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Brazil and Korea are among those already competing with the Georgian ambassador. More candidates may follow. The deadline to present credentials is March 12.