The Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC) heralds the issuance of the “Medellin Statement on Tourism and Air Transport for Development”, agreed upon at the Joint World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) / International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) High-Level Forum on Tourism and Air Transport for Development, which coincided with the convening of the 21st Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Medellin, Colombia on the 14th of September, 2015.
The Statement underscores some key elements of GTAC’s ‘Agenda for Growth and Development’, such as the recognition of the pivotal role of tourism and air transport in creating employment opportunities through their linkages to local economic activities, the need to avoid unnecessary regulations and burdens, optimize connectivity and implement coordinated and holistic measures toward tourism and transport development.
The Medellin Statement also stresses the vital need for the cooperation between private sector and governments in line with the core spirit of the GTAC Agenda.
The full Statement can be found at: http://dtxtq4w60xqpw.cloudfront.net/sites/all/files/pdf/unwto_icao_medellin_statement_adopted.pdf
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The Global Travel Association Coalition exists to promote a better understanding of Travel & Tourism’s role as a driver of economic growth and employment, and to ensure governments develop policies which contribute to the profitable, sustainable and long-term growth of the industry. Under its goal to provide a stronger consolidated ‘One Voice’, the leaders of GTAC continue to align their messaging and efforts in order to amplify awareness of the viability of the Travel & Tourism sector. An Agenda for Growth and Development was launched in April, 2015 consolidating the common efforts to be followed by all: http://www.wttc.org/-/media/upload/gs15/gtac%20document%20final.pdf
GTAC Members are:
Airports Council International (ACI)
Cruise Lines Association International (CLIA)
International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
World Economic Forum (WEF)
World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)
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