CARACAS IS ACCEPTED AS A POTENTIAL CANDIDATE CITY FOR WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM – ECTT PRESIDENT OFFICE

CARACAS IS ACCEPTED AS A POTENTIAL CANDIDATE CITY FOR WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM – ECTT PRESIDENT OFFICE

Latin America has started a push for tourism development and international recognition.

After a wave of  candidature`s  from the region where registered for 2017 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD now it was the time for Venezuela to invite for a familiarization and discovery trip a high level delegation of European Council on Tourism and Trade and to start preparing for a candidature of Caracas, the capital city, to the international title of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

All this is offering new hopes for tourism growth and is paving the way for a cultural revival of Latin America with the support of European Council on Tourism and Trade.

 

European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, has accepted the invitation from Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Jorge Arreaza  Montserrat, for a familiarization visit with the realities of the Latin American country.

 

Jorge Arreaza  Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela invited an European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation to see first hand the realities of Venezuela.  

 

Jorge Arreaza  Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela has marked in the official invitation letter addressed to European Council on Tourism and Trade President: As the Minister of People Power for International Relations I consider with interest your participation in this space of magnitude importance and your solidarity in this historical moment when we celebrated the legacy of dignity and  justice of Comandante Hugo Chavez and of President Nicolas Maduro bequeathed to the Venezuelan people and to the Bolivarian revolution.  

 

A concert in the honour of Bolivarian Revolution has enjoyed the presence of European council on Tourism and Trade delegates.

 

 The visit European Council on Tourism and Trade took place between 15 to 22 September 2017 and is part of a broader strategy of the Nicolas Maduro government to develop Venezuela’s tourism industry and to diversify the nation’s economy and reduce dependence on oil income.

Tourism is a tool for the betterment of  Venezuela: H.E. Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela presents the city of CARACAS candidature for World Capital of Culture and Tourism to H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , President of European Council on Tourism and Trade.

 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, ECTT President remarked: Venezuela has one of the most diverse climates, with ice capped Andean mountains to the west, Amazon jungle to the south, wide rivers and tall waterfalls surrounded by tabletop mountains and unusual rock formations to the southeast, and a gorgeous, pristine Caribbean coast to the north that has some of the world’s finest and exclusive beaches, such as Los Roques and highest waterfalls on the planet, Angel Falls.

President/Professor Dr. Anton Caragea hosted in  MIRAFORES TV studios and  National Venezuelan Television.

 

During the week-long visit, the high-level European Council delegates hold extensive talks with various officials like: Juan Bautista Arias Palacio – Minister for Basic and Strategic Industries and Socialist Development, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister of Tourism.

 

President Dr. Anton Caragea receives for discussions at Hotel Alba the Vice-Minister of Tourism of Venezuela. 

 

Agreements regarding economic cooperation, tourism promotion, TV travel documentaries and  bilateral information exchange and cooperation for SDG completion in the framework of Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals where tabled.

 

Cooperation in the field of tourism promotion and ECTT technical  support for Caracas drafting a coherent plan to obtain the election as World Capital of Culture and Tourism was also agreed.

 

The highlights of the visit, where the two memorable encounters with President Nicolas Maduro.

On September 19, 2017, Professor  Dr. Anton Caragea took the distinct honor to sign the HONORARY BOOK at MIRAFLORES Presidential Palace.

 

On 17 September 2017, the delegates part take in the President TV Show: Sundays with Maduro! together with Evo Morales, Bolivian President.

 

 

Evo Morales, President of Bolivia presents a tourism booklet to European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation.

During the discussions, the tourism and cultural connections between the two countries were tabled and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has given as gifts to the two President’s his latest book on Interference of Civilizations in European Union Project.

 

On 19 September 2017, in the conclusion of The International March of Solidarity with Venezuela, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was invited for a photo session with President Nicolas Maduro, signed the Honorary Book at Miraflores Palace and has given an interview to the Miraflores TV Channel, expressing his support for Bolivarian Revolution role in forging a free and democratic Latin America.

 

 

The cultural program of the visit included discovery trips to Natural Sanctuary of Waraira Repano, a tour of Caracas landmarks like The Cathedral of Caracas, Saint Francis, Simon Bolivar birthplace etc.

 

 

The cable car of Caracas connecting the city with Waraira Repano.

A special day was dedicated to offering respect for Venezuelan history major figures, with a visit to National Pantheon and a stop to Simon Bolivar funeral monument and Francisco Miranda tomb.

Simon Bolivar: The Hero of Latin American Liberation struggle: a lay over charged with respect for official delegates.

 

An emotionally charged moment was the visit to Mountain Quarter (Quartel de la Montana) the place where the architect of the Bolivarian Revolution and the apostle of the poor`s: Commander Hugo Chavez is laid for eternal rest surrounded by world gratitude and love.

 

The delegates witnessed the changing of the guard and where hart struck by the powerful words of remembering for the fallen hero: Chavez lives!

 

 

President Dr. Anton Caragea in a moment of respect in front of the Commander HUGO CHAVEZ Mausoleum in Mountain Quarter (Quartel de la Montana).

 

The ECTT delegation visit to Venezuela has given a new impetus to the relations between nations and their attendance to the world solidarity movement with Venezuela has being registered with gratitude by the people of the Caribbean nation, proudly building a revolution of freedom and dignity.

 

Venezuela it is blessed with an impressive diversity of natural treasures including crystalline beaches, dense jungles, expansive savannas and imposing mountains and we hope that the beautiful city of Caracas will have a fighting chance in WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM competition, stated ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

It will be an incredible boost for all Caribbean region concluded the President.

Caracas: a candidate city for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

The telepheric connecting Caracas and Waraira Repano

Natural sanctuary of Waraira Repano

MIRAFLORES Presidential Palace: the beating heart of Venezuela welcomed ECTT President!

Cathedral of Caracas: a splendid architectural marvel.

Saint Francisc Church of Caracas.

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AMBASSADORS FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS PROGRAMME CONTINUES DECIDES PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR SDG-2030

Academicians Mircea Constantinescu, Ionut Costea and E. Constantinescu are expressing their support for the decision taken by THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDG) to continue upholding the efforts of promoting SDG as tools for international peace, development and inclusive and socially balanced growth.

 

The PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS has already being involved in world level programs like: WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and creating wealth, promoting tourism and culture as tools for progress and civilization across the world.

 

We salute this incredible decision, concluded Academician Mircea Constantinescu and we strongly uphold the banner of  Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals programme as representing the community of builders of a better world.

On October 4, 2017 the official ceremonies for WORLD TOURISM DAY have taken place in the presence of President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and having in observance members of European Council on Tourism (ECTT) and Trade, European Tourism Academy, diplomatic corps accredited to ECTT and members of PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDG).

 

In the opening ceremonies for the World Tourism Day Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has made the long-awaited announcement:  The  Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals programme will continue in the next year.

 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea signs the decree to continue to  the  Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals programme onto the next period.

 

 

As a result of the demands coming from leaders, statesman`s and peerless world personalities involved in the carving of new development strategies and in implementing United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda we have taken the decision to further implement the program and to entrust the European Council on Tourism and Trade and  PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS SDG to continue the implementation of the program in the years to come.


The new logo of a Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals.

 

On the same occasion  Professor Dr. Anton Caragea announced the good news that:  the international Campaign for the implementation of 2030 Agenda of United Nations, known worldwide as SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AGENDA, in the work of parliaments across the world has reached a first milestone, only after a year of existence, with the support of 262 parliamentarians from 22 national parliaments.

 

Now with this threshold passed, the Parliamentary Assembly for SDG`s, is now endorsed across party lines, ideologies and national agenda`s by more than 262 current members of parliament from over 22 countries.

The creation of a Parliamentary Assembly for SDG`s in the UN framework for world cooperation in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals that was signed by the lawmakers calls for “a gradual implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in all national and local parliaments and elected assemblies agenda creating a global synergy for world level campaign aimed at bringing to life the SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AGENDA”

The role of Parliamentary Assembly for SDG`s is “to ensure international cooperation, secure the acceptance and to enhance the legitimacy of the United Nations SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AGENDA and strengthen the elected representatives ( parliamentarians) capacity to act and to be more effectively and directly included into the activities of implementing and financing the programs related to SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AGENDA.”

“This is an important milestone,” remarked Professor Dr. Anton Caragea,  the Parliamentary Assembly for SDG`s Executive President and campaign’s coordinator.

“The support of a UN Parliamentary Assembly for SDG`s by such a broad group of parliamentarians from all the world’s regions shows once again that it is high time for the SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AGENDA to be recognized as paramount for world development,” he concluded.

“If it comes to democratizing the SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AGENDA and to insure global cooperation, than the Parliamentary Assembly for SDG`s is the venue for a technical and democratic debate, said Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

“The SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AGENDA would benefit from involving elected representatives in its deliberations. After all, in many cases it’s them who are needed to help implement UN policy at the national level, especially if it comes to the Agenda 2030,” said Mr. Catalin Nechifor from Parliamentary Assembly for SDG`s .

 

On this momentous occasion the new logo of the Parliamentary Assembly for SDG`s was unveiled by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, the Executive President.

We must note that: apart from members of parliaments, the campaign has also been endorsed by numerous former members of parliaments, distinguished scholars, cultural innovators, representatives of civil society organizations, and many committed citizens from all walks of life.

 

European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy had created and pioneered the PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS SDG`s uniting world parliaments in the efforts to implement in their work and legislation measures dedicated to bring to life SDG in every nation.

European Tourism Academy is the only world academy that is offering SDG based courses and curriculum based on role of culture and development in carving a new and better future for as all.

 

More information’s about the Parliamentarian Assembly for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals can be read out on UN-SDG site here:

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WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTION (ECTT) HAS DECIDED THE VENUES OF 2017 WORLD TOURISM DAY

WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTION (ECTT) HAS DECIDED THE VENUES OF 2017 WORLD TOURISM DAY

This year’s celebrations for World Tourism Day, marked on 27 and 28 September, will be officially celebrated in Phnom Penh, Dubai and Bucharest as European Council on Tourism and Trade had decided.

 

This year celebration will be focused on the role of Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development. Celebrated in line with the decisions of Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals, the Day will be dedicated to exploring the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

The official celebrations of World Tourism Day 2017 will be held in Phnom Penh, the capital of 2016 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION -Kingdom of Cambodia, as decided by the ECTT-European Council on Tourism and Trade General Assembly.

The event will be structured around the role of PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR SDG as a main consent creator around the role of tourism in supporting international world wide development and a second layer session will emphasize the role of International Ambassadors for Sustainable Development Goals in fostering global emulation and eliciting support for world development and providing leadership for a greener future.

 

On the Agenda will also be the presentation of the Kingdom of Cambodia impressive tourism success and knowledge sharing of Cambodia`s positive practice on tourism development which saw the Kingdom being named as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

Bucharest as the center of World Tourism Institution of European Council on Tourism and Trade will also mark the event with a special session of PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR SDG focusing on Economic, Social and Human Development on world level and will emphasize the role of world parliaments in promoting SDG value and oversee their implementation in to laws as a catalyst to progress towards a more diversified economy.

 

Together with the events conducted in Cambodia, European Council on Tourism and trade headquarters and Dubai, the World Tourism Day will be celebrated across the globe.

 

On this occasion European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) calls upon the travel and tourism community, from all affiliation like entities from private sector, governments and civil society, to join the celebrations and global recognition of tourism as a driving force for prosperity and development.

 

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WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO ASTANA WORLD EXPO 2017! KAZAKHSTAN PRESIDENT

WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO ASTANA WORLD EXPO 2017! KAZAKHSTAN PRESIDENT

On June 10, 2017, the Kazakhstan capital, Astana, hosted the ceremonies for 2017 WORLD EXPO opening.

 

The event highlighted under the theme of FUTURE ENERGY is marking the hopes for a better future and outlines new technologies and solutions for next century energy from more than 100 participant countries.

 

Kazakhstan – Europe common governmental session under Kazakhstan Prime Minister and ECTT President.

The WORLD EXPO is a once in four-year celebration of mankind most inspirational ideas and plans for the future, the first such EXPO has taken place in 1851 in London and Kazakhstan is the latest recipient of the honor to host WORLD EXPO.

 

European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was among the world leaders invited to attend the event and to officially open the FUTURE OF ENERGY pavilion.

ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea welcomed by Astana WORLD EXPO Commissar on the venue.

On June 9, 2017 the world leaders were received in private audience by H.E. President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev who especially expressed his gratitude to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea for being the first leader to endorse Kazakhstan candidature for hosting WORLD EXPO 2017.

 

We will never forget your instrumental role in awarding to Kazakhstan the most important exhibition in the world, stated Kazakh leader to ECTT President Anton Caragea.

Documentary about President Anton Caragea exertions in supporting ASTANA candidature to host 2017 WORLD EXPO.

June 10, 2017 marked the official opening of WORD EXPO 2017, occasion on which President Dr. Anton Caragea made a small allocution opening European Pavilion:

It’s imagination, innovation; it’s invention that has driven Europe and that drives other countries that we see here gathered in Astana for EXPO 2017,”

“We are focused on the power that lies within all of us as individuals, as nations, to power the future. We are also focused on our culture –ambassadors.”

 

Kazakhstan Madjilis (Parliament) Chairman welcoming a dear friend: ECTT President.

European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) high-level delegation continued after three days spent in Astana (9-11 June) to a discovery trip along SILK ROAD trail and finalized with a tour of the Caspian sea.

 

Silk Road program of ECTT is a special program destined to highlight to the world the importance and tourism and cultural significance of the SILK ROAD as a center of tourism discovery trips.

 

During 13-20 June 2017 European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation visited the cities of Aktau and Atyrau, inspected tourist facilities on Caspian Sea and tourist resorts in the area and give a full support to KAZAKHSTAN ON THE SEA program.

Aktau new perennial gardens.

 

Kazakhstan on the Sea project of President Nursultan Nazarbayev envisages to transform Caspian Sea shore line in a center for water sports and summer leisure rebuilding infrastructure in the area, constructing a host of high-class resorts and refurbishing beach and sporting areas along the coast.

Mangyshlak canyon: an incredible site.

 

KAZAKHSTAN ON THE SEA is a perfect example of tourism driven development, stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea –ECTT President and is involving a healthy dose of state support, state investments and private company involvement that will ensure the financial sustainability and viability of the project.

 During our visit, we have been inspired by the cultural facilities of the Aktau and conquered by the Mangyshlak Peninsula cultural spots like SHAKPAK-ATA Grotto and rock hewn buildings and Sufi mosques of the areas and the incredible Mangyshlak canyon can become centers for regional and global tourism.

 

SHAKPAK-ATA: a center for Islamic tourism and religious training.

 

Such unspoiled natural retreats are hard to come by in the world and will attract million of tourists concluded ECTT President his evaluation of Caspian sea tourism potential.

 

Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, ECTT President and European Tourism Academy Director.

 

 The Caspian Tour had concluded with a working meeting between Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and European delegation in the Aktau Palace of Friendship.

 

 EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE presence on WORLD EXPO 2017 stage and support for Kazakhstan future development are the fundamental bedrock of a long term relationship destined to place culture and tourism on the top of the world agenda.

 

The official visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade high level delegation to Kazakhstan included visits to factories, drive testing the latest Kazakhstan train and on spot visit to main tourist attractions (see below). 

 

 

ACADEMICIAN IONUT COSTEA: AFRICA NEEDS RECOGNITION AND EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE SUPPORT FOR TOURISM

ACADEMICIAN IONUT COSTEA: AFRICA NEEDS RECOGNITION AND EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE SUPPORT FOR TOURISM

European Tourism Academy has just closed the candidature list for 2017 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD competition.

 

As of June 1st, 2017 no more countries candidature will be accepted, announced Academician Mircea Constantinescu, European Academy Director.

 

Academician Mircea Constantinescu: EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY Director announces the end of 2017 World Tourism Awards competition.

The candidature files has already being perused and we are proud to announced that a number of 41 countries entered their candidature for the world most prestigious tourism award out of which 38 were considered complete, in line with the requirements and entered the final stage of the competition.

This year we will implement a new system of candidature files analysis that will see working groups, per continents, selecting the final winners for continental candidature and the selected one country per continent will be submitted for evaluation for European Council on Tourism and Trade General Assembly slated for July 29th, 2017.

 

Under the former election model all candidates where directed for world tourism leaders for final evaluation, resulting in a huge load of work and decision that required two days of debates and discussion, while under the new procedure the results can be determined in the first day, concluded outlining the improvements Academician Mircea Constantinescu.

 

Academician Ionut Costea: I hope that 2017 will be the year of African tourism!

 

I trust that 2017 will be the year for Africa, stated Academician Ionut Costea the responsible for the European Council on Tourism and Trade ECTT Africa team candidature evaluation.

 

Our team will try to evaluate and propose to world tourism institution of ECTT the best candidates destined to bring WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD to Africa.

Africa needs recognition, tourism credentials and support and WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD is the best notoriety provider and tourism confidence building instrument in the world and the only way to insure African tourism in promoted on international stage remarked Academician Costea.

 

I hope that 2017 will be one more time the year of Asian tourism in the spot light declared academician Mircea Constantinescu.

After the incredible success of Cambodia as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 that succeeded in garnering more than 1,6 million tourists supplementary in 2016/2017 and being officially the world leader in tourism growth in 2016 in absolute numbers and in volume, registering a world record.

The shining example of Kingdom of Cambodia and of Prime Minister Academician Samdech HUN SEN, who made tourism a tool for peace and development unmatched in the region, should be copied by the rest of Asian countries.

We hope that: the new WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION will be an Asian country and a new world example on international forum and we will try to put forward the best name and candidature file for European Council on Tourism and Trade General Assembly decision.

It`s Latin America time to shine in the world at European Council on Tourism and Trade awards for 2017, stated Academician-President Ion Iliescu.

It is Latin America hour for 2017, confidently declared Romanian President (1990-2004) Academician Ion Iliescu.

 

Our team will put forward the best tourist destination of Southern and Central America and as I personally visited and traveled in many countries of the region, I trust that it is time for Europe to support the region tourism development and to make the countries to grow from zero in tourism to hero status and WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD is the perfect vehicle to achieve this, concluded former Romanian President.

A new world leader in tourism will emerge out of  2017 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION competition.

 

 On July 29th, 2017 the world tourism community will propose the name of the new victor of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD and the world example in tourism development.

 

Let us wish all the contenders success in the last leg of their journey towards WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION status!

 

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KOREAN TOURISM AND CULTURAL PROMOTION A PRIORITY FOR EUROPE AND KOREA (ECTT PRESIDENT)

KOREAN TOURISM AND CULTURAL PROMOTION A PRIORITY FOR EUROPE AND KOREA (ECTT PRESIDENT)

Korean and Europe will continue on the path of friendship and cultural and tourism cooperation, this was the essence of the message conveyed by Office of the European Council on Tourism and Trade to the new Korean President: Moon Jae-in.

On May 11, 2017 on the occasion of the elections of Mr. MOON JAE-IN as President of Republic of Korea, H.E. President of European Council on Tourism and Trade Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has addressed the official congratulation message for the Korean President elect.

The message is an illustration of Europe desire to continue developing the relations with the Republic of Korea and support Korean tourism and trade growth and assertion in the world.

The presidential message reads in part:

On the occasion of your election as President of Republic of KOREA, I have the honor of expressing my warmest congratulation and to wish you success and accomplishments on the hard task of rebuilding The Republic of KOREA, of insuring his unity and continuous development.


On this moment of hope and trust in future for KOREA, I have the pleasure of expressing our full confidence in Your Excellency exertions  will  insure that KOREA will continue to be a beacon of hope, democracy and economic prosperity in Pacific area providing a friend and an ally for Europe in this important world region.


Europe will continue to support your country development and will continue to see the Republic of KOREA as a center for equilibrium and peace in the region.

​The high level message hives an unmistakable signal of continuity in the bilateral relations between Europe and Korea and on the desire to foster these relations unto the future.