Simeon II received from the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) the certificate accrediting him being an ambassador of the International Year associated with Sustainable Tourism for Development, that is being observed globally throughout 2017. The figure of Ambassadors from the International Year was presented final January at the launching of the Season that took place in the context associated with FITUR in Madrid.
Speaking at the ceremony held on the UNWTO headquarters in Madrid, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai emphasized: “ When designating 2017 as the Global Year of Sustainable Tourism just for Development, the United Nations recognized tourism’ s contribution to the development plan, to peace, equality and success. I am very touched to see that will King Simeon II shares this particular same vision on the power associated with tourism and I truly thank your pet for his commitment to distribute this important message across the world. ”
Simeon II indicated gratitude for his appointment because ambassador of the International Year plus stressed the importance of tourism in relocating towards a more sustainable and fairer world. “ One of the most important goals of the Year is to raise understanding among the international population as well as establishments about the potential of tourism to market culture, exchanges or the elimination associated with prejudices, ” said the recently appointed ambassador of the Year.
In addition to Simeon II, the particular UNWTO has appointed the following ambassadors of the International Year: H. Electronic. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President associated with Liberia; H. R. H. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Authority meant for Culture and Antiquities; Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman of the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Firm; Michael Frenzel, President of the Government Association of the German Tourism Sector (BTW); and Ge Huayong, Chief of China UnionPay.