Official visit of the Secretary General of the UNWTO Taleb Rifai

October 27, 2012

Less than a year after having met in Madrid (January 2012), Ms. Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is visiting Haiti for the first time from October 27 to 30, along with the Regional Director for the Americas Programme of the UNWTO, Carlos Vogeler.

This visit is even more relevant, considering that it is the first Secretary General of the UNWTO who is visiting the country in the last 14 years, since the latest one happened in 1998 by the former responsible Francesco Frangialli.

One of the main objectives of Rifai’s visit to Haiti is the adhesion of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Michel Joseph Martelly to the ‘Open Letter’ to promote tourism, an awareness campaign sponsored by UNWTO and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC global forum of business travel and tourism sector in the world). Nearly 40 countries have already joined the campaign.

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