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UNWTO calls upon G20 Leaders to prioritize tourism.

ISLAMABAD -- The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Thursday joined the Ministers of Tourism of the G20 economies' meeting in Buenos Aires and called upon them to include tourism in their Agenda for creating more and better jobs.

UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, highlighted the capacity of tourism to create jobs and the need to advance the adaptation of the sector to digital transformation, said a press release here.

The 8th Meeting of the Tourism Ministers of the G20 economies focused on how tourism can embrace innovation and technology, foster new skills development to create new decent jobs.

'Let us embrace the technological revolution and unleash its potential to create more and better jobs in our sector, making tourism a true pillar of the G20 objectives of inclusive and sustained growth' said UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, in his opening remarks to the Meeting.

Ministers of Tourism of the G20 economies agreed on considering the following points including encouraging policies that promote full and productive employment and facilitate the progress of innovation in tourism and foster the creation of decent jobs, sustainable enterprises and entrepreneurship, in particular among women and the youth, Establishing favourable frameworks to stimulate innovation, entrepreneurship and connect ecosystems linking start-ups, main companies, investors and governments along the tourism value chain, creating cooperation mechanisms between educational institutions at all levels, the private sector, governments and technology partners to review educational programmes and skills development policies considering the importance of SMEs in the tourism, heritage and cultural sectors due to their contribution to job creation as well as their role in preserving and promoting cultural resources and promoting the use of digital technology to facilitate travel as well as involving technology stakeholders in national tourism policies.

In 2016, G20 countries received 904 million international tourist arrivals, which generated over US$ 1 trillion or 6.3% of all G20 exports.

The Government of Japan will host the 9th Meeting of the Tourism Ministers of the G20 economies in Kutchan Town, Hokkaido in 2019.

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Date:Apr 20, 2018
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