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A new brotherhood emerged at UNWTO after new Secretary General was confirmed

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The UNWTO General Assembly is ongoing in Chengdu, China. Thursday was a day in UNWTO and World Tourism that will be remembered. It was the day Ambassador Zurab Pololikashvili from Georgia was confirmed by the UNWTO General Assembly as the new Secretary General for the term 2018-2021.

It was a day the World Community came together as one, as one global tourism community.

It was the day the Hon. Minister Walter Mzembi from Zimbabwe shook hands with the newly confirmed Zurab Pololikashvili and pledged his support when everyone thought he was his biggest opponent.

It was also the day the current SG Taleb Rifai shined, finishing the confirmation hearing in his own style, avoiding a vote.
He got emotional when he was honored for his tireless work and leadership of the organization bringing world tourism to a new level.

It was an amazing day for tourism.

Enjoy the photos by Christian del Rosario of Attreo Studio and long time partner photographer for  eTurboNews.

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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