Friday, December 09, 2005

Costa Rica elected as holding member of the WTO

Costa Rica will form part of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) as a result of being elected today as a holding member, for a period of four years, in the frame of the General Assembly of this organism which is taking place in Dakar, Senegal.

Rodrigo A. Castro Fonseca (pictured), Minister of Tourism, pointed out from Dakar “that this designation is going to help us strengthen our image and international relations; it must also be considered as an acknowledgement to the leading role Costa Rica has played in the region, mainly for its positioning as a destination and having promoted a responsible tourism development.”

In this election Costa Rica counted with the unanimous support of all the representatives of the Committee for the Americas (CAM).

For America were also elected Argentina, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. The latter two countries will share the period of two years. The two other American representatives are Canada and Peru which were elected during the mid-term assembly.

The World Tourism Organization is an organ related to the United Nations’ system created in 1975. Its headquarters are in Madrid, Spain.

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