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WTA Secretariat Attends the Workshop on Culture and Tourism Development of the UCLG ASPAC Tourism Committee


On the morning of March 23, 2022 (Beijing time), at the invitation of the host, the World Tourism Alliance (WTA) Secretariat participated in the workshop on culture and tourism development hosted by the Tourism Committee of the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) and co-organized by Xi’an Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism and the Foreign Affairs Office of the Xi’an Municipal People’s Government. Feng Litao, Deputy Director of the Bureau of International Exchange and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China, Hao Zhongwei, Deputy Director of the Department of European and Asian Affairs of the Chinese People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries, and Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General of the UCLG ASPAC, each gave a speech via the video link. Other speakers included senior officials from the Mayor’s Office of Butwal, Nepal, the Culture, Art and Sports Bureau of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Tourism Bureau of Jambi City, Indonesia, the World Tourism Cities Federation, Ctrip Research Institute, and tourism authorities of Kragujevac of Serbia and Bogor city of Indonesia.

At the workshop, Yang Wenjiao, Deputy Director of the WTA Cooperation and Development Department, gave a speech on how to carry out international exchange and cooperation on culture and tourism, shared the WTA’s practices in this regard against the backdrop of routine COVID-19 control. Yang said that the WTA would continue to build a platform for dialogue and exchange, for publishing practical and authoritative information, for sharing media resources and for promoting collaborative development, and strengthen cooperation with colleagues in the tourism industry to seek common development, and jointly contribute to the rapid recovery and revitalization of the tourism industry.

Representatives of member cities of the UCLG ASPAC, international organizations, tourism enterprises, experts, scholars and media organizations also attended the workshop by invitation.