Azerbaijan was elected a member of the UN World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) Executive Council at the 68th meeting of the European Commission in Sofia, Bulgaria, APA reports.
Azerbaijan, Türkiye, Israel, Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Lithuania, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan all submitted their candidacies for the 5 vacant seats allocated for membership in the European region.
Out of the 11 countries that put forward their candidacies, in the tense elections, 4 European Union member countries (Lithuania, Czech Republic, Italy, Bulgaria) were chosen as winners along with Azerbaijan.
Addressing the meeting of the Executive Council Fuad Naghiyev, Chairman of the State Tourism Agency expressed gratitude to everyone who voted and stated that Azerbaijan will continue to prioritize equality and a fair approach.
The chairman of the agency said that since Azerbaijan became a full member of the UN World Tourism Organization in 2001, it has expanded successful partnership and cooperation relations with member states of the organization, and will contribute to the efficiency of the work of the Executive Council in its future activities.
Fuad Nagiyev pointed out that the future of global tourism depends on the joint implementation of necessary measures.
Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra, as well as Permanent Representative to the World Tourism Organization Ramiz Hasanov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to Bulgaria Huseyn Huseynov took part in the meeting.