The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) 22nd General Assembly scheduled to be held in Chengdu, China, has been rescheduled by its Chinese hosts. They decided to move the dates of the General Assembly forward in September so that it now ends on September 16, just prior to the UNWTO-IIPT Global Summit in Montreal on September 17-21.
This is making it very difficult for most the featured speakers scheduled for September 18 and 19 – the days of the “Official Conference of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development” – to arrive in Montreal in time for their scheduled participation.
Following consultation with Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, it has been decided to re-schedule the UNWTO-IIPT Global Summit. It will continue to be in Montreal, however, consultations are now required with the Hotel Bonaventure – the official hotel and venue of the summit – to determine what alternative dates are available.
These dates in turn must then be compared with dates that will work with the UNWTO schedule of events.