Taleb Rifai, UNTWO
director general, stated: "Considering that more than 50% of the world s international tourists arrive to their destinations by plane, promoting air connectivity and a closer alignment between tourism and aviation policies is one of UNWTO main priorities.
SATTE has received the support of World Tourism Organization UNTWO
and International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) along with leading tourism associations of India such as the Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Association of Tourism Trade Organisations India (ATTOI), Enterprising Travel Agents Association (ETAA), Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) and Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI).
They are expected to be followed by Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, according to UNTWO
Also present for the inauguration were many leading lights from across the industry, they included: Subhash Goyal, IATO President; Iqbal Mulla, TAAI President; Ajay Prakash, TAFI President; Subhash Verma, ADTOI President; Alla Peressolova, Head of UNTWO
Fairs and Silk Road Programmes; Navin Berry, Founder and Principal Advisor SATTE; Biji Eapen, IAAI President; and Karl Dantas, ETAA President.
The program will also include measures on deregulation tourism activity, and improving statistical reporting in the field based on the methodology of the UNTWO
According to the UNTWO
World Tourism Barometer for 2008, the faster growth rate of emerging markets and interregional passengers is buoying up the travel sector.
Informing the UNTWOs
Secretary General about countrys tourism attractions, the minster said except sporadic incidents of violence in areas bordering Afghanistan, the rest of Pakistan was a safe destination for tourism.