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The 19th World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly was convened

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Last Update : 2011/10/17

 United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) convened its biannual General Assembly in the ancient capital city of Gyeongju in South Korea from October 8-14. Over one hundred ministers of tourism congregated in one place and open-minded discussions took place.

Vice Minister Okuda speaking at the ministerial round table
Vice Minister Okuda speaking at the ministerial round table
- Vice Minister Okuda represented Japan.
- On October 10 at the ministerial round table, he offered cordial thanks to all present ministers at the round table for their sympathy and support after the East Japan Great Earthquake.
- A bilateral conference with Commissioner Choi of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism was held.
- Warm words were spoken of the disaster areas of the East Japan Great Earthquake in the welcome speech by Secretary-General Rifai of UNWTO.

Date and Time: October 8 (Sat.) -14 (Fri.), 2011

Place:        Hyundai Hotel Gyeongju, Gyeongju, Korea

Participation:   Delegations of 113 UNWTO member countries and regions

Participants from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Okuda Vice Minister of MLIT, Yamada Vice-Commissioner for International Affairs of Japan Tourism Agency, et al.

Before the General Assembly, Secretary General Rifai of UNWTO visited Japan and met with Prime Minister Noda and Minister Maeda of MLIT on October 4 and proceeded to Sendai to attend the Special International Symposium on the Revitalization of Japan's Tourism Sector and Quake Affected Regions.

Welcome Speech by UNWTO Secretary General Rifai
Welcome Speech by UNWTO Secretary General Rifai
Bilateral talks with Commissioner Choi of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Bilateral talks with Commissioner Choi of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism