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World Tourism Organization to announce host country of 2003 event

The fourteenth session of the General Assembly at Osaka, Japan, including the Millennium Conference of Tourism Leaders and associated meetings, is held at between September 28 until October 1, 2001 at the Osaka International Convention Center where a decision concerning the forthcoming assembly…

The fourteenth session of the General Assembly at Osaka, Japan, including the Millennium Conference of Tourism Leaders and associated meetings, is held at between September 28 until October 1, 2001 at the Osaka International Convention Center where a decision concerning the forthcoming assembly  in 2003 will be determined.

Interestingly enough, the four nations vying to host the next World Tourism Organization, WTO , event in 2003, including Greece, China, Panama and Paraguay, are in the spotlight as they anxiously await the final decision by tourism heads who meet in Osaka to outline their decision as well as announce their results.

Members of the World Tourism Organization were impressed with the Greek presentation of the Greek delegation who unveiled Rhodes’ candidacy file to host the next such general assembly in the autumn of 2003.

The delegation, which is headed by Undersecretary of Development Mirella Apostolaki, included members of the Greek National Tourism Organization (EOT), namely EOT President Evgenios Giannakopoulos and head of EOT’s Japan’s operations Dede-Negata. Representatives of the Hellenic Union of Tourism Companies also are present to support the Greek candidacy, as is George Drakopoulos Vice-President of the World Tourism Organization Business Council. Also Irini Varda from Sofitel Capsis is present representing the Marika Capsis conference center, which is the site outlined to host the global tourism event in 2003.

It should be mentioned that China was the first nation to declare its candidacy to host the specific event in October 2000, and Panama followed suit only three short months later, as did Greece in February 2001. Paraguay, on the other hand, announced that it was interested in hosting the next assembly in April 2001.

Ahead of the decision, experts claimed that if the field of contenders became too immense, then Greece indeed had a regal opportunity to host the event. The event, which is every year, held on a different continent, was this year held in Asia, while in 1999 it was held in South America. This would therefore work in Greece’s favor, even though most World Tourism Organization events have been held on the continent of Europe.

Head of the European Committee, Peter Shackleford, said ahead of the event in Seoul that there will be an attempt to reach a satisfactory result ahead of the Osaka meeting, and if this were not achieved then members of the World Tourism Organization would “move to a secret vote”.

The World Tourism Organization, with 139 member countries and regions and over 350 organizations as affiliate members, was established in January 1975 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain. It vigorously involves itself in promoting tourism, ensuring tourism development that is in harmony with the environment, and facilitating international technical cooperation.

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