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White paper on safety, security in tourism virtually launched

THE Launching of the White Paper on Safety and Security in Tourism jointly organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), was held virtually on 15 December and Myanmar, a member of the UNWTO, attended the ceremony. Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism Dr Htay Aung, along with officials and subject experts participated in the discussion through videoconferencing. In his address, Secretary-General of the UNWTO Mr Zurab Pololikashvili said these are guidelines for the resumption of international tourism, reopening of international borders and the resumption of safe tourism. He called on the member countries to work together in the resumption of tourism. He said the guidelines in the paper will support UNION Minister U Aung Naing Oo of the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations received guests from Power China International Group Limited, China and discussed investment matters. During the meeting, the Union minister welcomed the investment plan proposed by Power China and had cordial discussions. — MNA MIFER Union minister meets Power China International Group Ltd White paper on safety, security in tourism virtually launched crisis management in tourist destinations and will build a resilient tourism industry in reviving the tourism sector. He also added that the UNWTO has plans to hold both online and offline training courses and workshops on the implementation of the paper in 2022. Vice-Chairman of the International Affairs at Amarante International Mr Didier Ranchon explained the white paper and discussed practical information. Afterwards, the participants asked questions and the Regional Director of the UNWTO for Africa concluded. The UNWTO and international experts conducted field surveys in countries such as Africa, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, the Philippines, Portugal, Senegal, Sri Lanka and Tunisia for the paper, and guidelines were set for addressing tourism safety issues for member countries of the UNWTO and to assist in the formation of disaster prevention plans in the government and private sectors. In the afternoon, the Union minister met officials from State guesthouses and hotels at Park Royal Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw. During the meeting, he spoke about the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant across the world including in neighbouring countries and the need for staff in the tourism industry to comply with the set prevention guidelines individually. He also said that it is necessary for the hotels which will receive guests who come and stay for Mini-Gems Emporium 2021 to strictly follow the COVID-19 rules and regulations set by the Ministry of Health, and he urged hotels to focus on applying for COVID-19 national certificates for safe services.—MNA Source From: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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