Tourism For All – Promoting Universal Accessibility – Tourism for all. With Thai Airways, 500 delegates from 60 countries have convened in Bangkok, Thailand, to take part in the Official Celebrations of the UNWTO World Tourism Day this year dedicated to the theme ‘Tourism for all: Promoting Universal Accessibility.’

“Tourism has become a powerful economic sector, a passport to prosperity and peace, and a transformative force improving millions of lives,” noted Mr. Ban, underlining that benefits of accessible tourism will not only provide an important market opportunity, it will help ensure that all people are able to participate in tourism and enjoy unforgettable travel experiences.

In a separate message, Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the specialized UN agency that works for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, highlighted that travelling has become a major part in many lives and said that with the world’s population ageing, everyone sooner or later will benefit from universal accessibility in tourism.

A closing declaration, known as the Bangkok declaration, is being prepared and will be a commitment to tourism for all by UNWTO member states. It serves as a proposal to all UNWTO members.

The press conference today was attended by H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand; H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports; Mr. Mario Hardy, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association; Mr. Xu Jing, UNWTO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific (China); and Mr.David Scowsill, President & CEO World Travel and Tourism Council.

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