Three days later two former highly concerned UNWTO Secretary Generals, Francesco Frangialli and Dr. Taleb Rifai came out of retirement with an open letter delivered today to all UNWTO Member States.
The letter is also delivered to the UN Headquarters in New York. In the history of this UN-affiliated organization, this is a first.
While the tourism world is trying to stay alive during the worst crisis this industry ever faced, the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili is shamelessly taking advantage of the current situation. He knows he failed, running his office like a dictator. He also knows he needs to make it impossible for any candidate campaigning against him to have a fair shot.
Zurab has been traveling to voting executive council member countries promising positions and giving them his full attention. Sources told eTurboNews: Brazil was promised a high-level position, Chile received a vote from Georgia in return for an expected vote for Zurab. Romania cut a deal, and Saudi Arabia is getting a UNWTO center for 13 countries.
Zurab doesn’t like questions. The minute he took office his press office concentrated to produce self-serving press releases. On relevant issues the media was left in the dark, questions were not allowed and never responded to.
The largest source countries for tourism, the United States of America and the U.K. took a step back postponing plans to join the organization after the September 2019 General Assembly in St. Petersburg.
COVID-19 was met with glossy brochures and fancy studies.