DOT Media Release
May 2014 Page 1
18 May 2014
UNWTO Joint Meeting in PH to discuss air connectivity; Private companies commit to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
Legazpi City, Province of Albay is a proud host to the 26
United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Joint Meeting of the Commission for East Asia and the Pacific (CAP) and the Commission for South Asia (CSA). UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai will lead the discussions focused on air connectivity and its impact on the tourism sector in the Asia-Pacific reigon. The discussion will commence with a presentation on the salient features of the UNWTO and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) regional study on
Air Connectivity and its Impact on Tourism in Asia and the Pacific
. Anita Mendiratta, senior consultant of CNN TASK, will moderate the remaining discussion where participating countries and delegates will be asked to make brief interventions. Among the topics that will be covered include air connectivity and economic regulation; the role of airports and regional hubs in tourism development, security, and visa facilitation; consumer protection and visitor satisfaction; impact of low cost airlines; policy on open sky; taxation and levies; and the role of aviation within the Green Economy and its impact on tourism safety, taxation, and consumer protection.
“The Philippines is privileged to be hosting this very important meeting which will
result in a collective vision for aviation and tourism. This will be another landmark event for our country, but more importantly, the discussions and agreements ought to encourage harmonization of policies and more convergence initiatives to further strengthen these two closely related sectors
,” DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr.
said. Another milestone activity is the signing ceremony to celebrate the commitment of selected Philippine private companies to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. By