Countries call for closer tourism and air transport policies at UNWTO General AssemblyListen /
Delegations from the 120 UN World Tourism Organisation Members States Assembly discussed air transport policies in their respective countries and called for measures and initiatives to increase connectivity. Countries further called for closer collaboration between tourism and air transport policies
Issues such as visa facilitation, the need to make airports more visitor friendly, taxation, open skies and the impact of low cost airlines were among the issues in debate.
UNWTO has defined connectivity as one of its policy priorities alongside visa facilitation and fair taxation, and is working with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on advancing these issues as well as those related to addressing climate change, the modernization of aviation regulations and the development of convergent rules for traveller and enterprise protection.
More than one billion tourists crossed international borders during 2012, over half of whom travelled by air to their destinations.
This is Donn Bobb reporting.