UNWTO hails Canadian excellence centre

The Secretary-General of UNWTO, Francesco
Frangialli, welcomed the commitments of the Federal Government of Canada and the
Government of Quebec to provide start up funding for a planned Centre of Excellence
for Destinations to be located in the City of Montreal.The funding was due to the excellent preparatory work by Canadian partners Tourism
Montreal and University of Quebec as well as George Washington University and
National Geographic Magazine - all Affiliate Members of the Organization. He
particularly singled out the leadership of Andre Vallerand, Chairman of the
Affiliate’s Destination Council for his vision and commitment to the idea of a
Centre of this kind.
Frangialli said “this is an important landmark in the step by step creation of the
new Centre of Excellence for Destinations (CED) which is due to be formally launched
at the UNWTO Assembly in Cartagena, Colombia, in November. Now we shall be seeking
launch partners from UNWTO worldwide membership to ensure that this initiative
results in a truly global Centre.”

He added “the CED will be an important addition to the work of the organization in
this field to bring global principles of quality, sustainability, competitiveness
and training to the local level. It will also focus the activities of our Affiliate
Members Destination Council. Its main areas of activity in helping UNWTO pursue
excellence in tourism Destinations will be research recognition and global quality
coherence. It’s overarching goal will be to support UNWTO’s Global Code of Ethics
for Tourism and help inculcate it into destination management and visitor
behaviour.”

The project is being spearheaded by Andre Vallerand, Chairman of UNWTO’s Destination
Council and representative of Tourism Montreal and University of Quebec’s Francois
Bedard.
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