The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) is organizing a seminar on “Capacity Building regarding Opportunities and Challenges of Tourism” from December 11 to 12, 2003 at the United Nations House, Beirut, Lebanon.
The meeting is intended to enhance awareness on the role of tourism in the economic and social development of ESCWA Member States and to discuss legal and institutional frameworks related to tourism in ESCWA Member States, as a tool towards maximizing opportunities and facing challenges related to the sustainable development of tourism. The Meeting will also review basic concepts and features of the International trade in tourism services, and the competitiveness of tourism services of ESCWA Member States in the context of the GATS.
Participants will review fields of Arab institutional cooperation on tourism development and means to enhance regional trade in tourism services; share various views on the development of tourism services and increase technical cooperation in tourism between ESCWA Member States and related international and regional organizations.
Attending the meeting will be concerned government ministries and authorities from ESCWA Member States, in addition to specialized regional and international organizations such as the World Tourism Organization, the World Trade Organization, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the International Organization for Standardization, the League of Arab States, the Council of Arab Economic Unity, the Arab Union of Hotels and Tourism and the General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries. — (menareport.com)
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