None other than his Majesty, His Majesty Felipe VI, the King of Spain, is recognizing the importance of tourism for his country and the world.
He also knows how important it is for a host country of a UN organization to maintain a neutral position. For the King, hosting a dinner for UNWTO Delegates also sends a message that a secret and secure voting process can be guaranteed in Spain.
A first-ever multi-country, multi-stakeholder Tourism Coalition was the new star at COP26 in Glasgow, when Spain teamed up with 9 other countries to become a partner in this coalition.
The monarchy of Spain, or Spanish monarchy, constitutionally referred to as The Crown, is a constitutional institution and the highest office of Spain. The monarchy comprises the reigning monarch, his or her family, and the royal household organization which supports and facilitates the monarch in the exercise of his duties and prerogatives.
As a person in his position and stature, the King of Spain can symbolize an important message of supporting an industry (tourism), and an institution (UNWTO), without the appearance of interference, endorsement, or rejection in issues like the secret ballot for confirmation of the Secretary-General.
Therefore, having His Majesty host the dinner for delegates at the upcoming UNWTO General Assembly from around the world symbolizes his silent message of neutrality and can be seen as tremendous support for world tourism in general.
The World Tourism Network recognizes the importance of this move and issued the following statement today.
WTN Response to the Support by His Majesty, His Majesty Felipe VI, King of Spain, for Global Tourism
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA – The World Tourism Network wishes to express its great appreciation to His Majesty Felipe VI, King of Spain, for his support of tourism.
Dr. Peter Tarlow, President of the WTN, and Dr. Taleb Rifai, WTN Patron and former UNWTO Secretary-General, noted that His Majesty has worked to support the total tourism industry, and as behooves a person of his stature, he has avoided personal endorsements.
King Felipe VI has worked tirelessly to bring about a tourism industry renaissance.
The WTN salutes King Felipe VI and expresses its gratitude for all that the King has done for the world’s tourism industries.
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