(From left to right) Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, Mr. Nicolae Nicolae-PR Director ECTT, Mark Doda-Balkan Tourism CEO and Ambassador of Venezuela-Ramon Carazo
The summit will bring together all tourism leaders and stakeholders from the whole region to discuss and push forward an agenda for regional collaboration in tourism as a key sector for coming out of the economic crisis and enhancement of competitiveness of each country and the whole region.
Invitees are tourism related Ministers/Ministries, National Tourism Organizations, Associations, leading businesses and donors.
The announcement made in Tirana, Albania, is an important succes for Balkan Countries who aspire to be accepted in European Council on Tourism and Trade, european tourism flagship organization.
Mark Doda-Balkan Tourism CEO and Ambassador of Venezuela-Ramon Carazo, Mr. Nicolae Nicolae-PR Director ECTT and Professor Anton Caragea-ECTT President.
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The Balkan countries include all of the countries of the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia) plus Albania and Bulgaria.
Balkan Tourism Organization is providing just the platform for the region’s nonpolitical powers to begin defining the region for travelers.
National Geographic created a supplement at www.balkansgeotourism.travel that covers Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
The event received a very high representation of accredited diplomatic corps, parliament representatives, European Tourism Academy, European Council on Tourism and Trade.
On this occasion Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had officially entrusted insignias and diplomas for the representative of the hospitality industry of Europe and recognized ROYAL HOTELS in Bucharest and Constanta as official diplomatic partners and entrusted the HIGH QUALITY PRIZES for the two hotels.
Other points of discussions included an update on International and European Tourism trends in 2015 and a presentation of a list of most successfully tourism driven economies in the last year (Ethiopia, Laos) and the latest publications emanating from European Tourism Academy members.
Ambassadors from United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Syria, Macedonia, Albania, South Africa, Venezuela, Nigeria, Danemark, Sweden had taken the floor highlighting their countries plans for tourism development and hopes pinned on winning World Best Tourist Destination Award or World Capital of Culture and Tourism designations.
The meeting concluded with an introduction of the main activities of the diplomatic calendar for the first quarter of 2016, a presentation on the upcoming February 2016 Tourism Fair and International food and Beverage Exhibition-Goodwine April 2016.
The photos from World Ambassadors Meeting and Working Lunch on Tourism can be observed here: