On the 24thJanuary, WLO Chief Operating Officer (COO), Dr. Cristina Ortega Nuere, visited the international tourism trade fair FITUR in Madrid, and met Mr. Ion Vilcu, recently appointed as the new director of the UNWTO Affiliate Members Department — which the WLO is part of. WLO COO introduced WLO’s programs to Mr. Vilcu and expressed our network’s interest in enhancing collaboration and participation within UNWTO.

Mr. Vilcu shared with Dr. Ortega his new vision for UNWTO Affiliate Members Department, which emphasizes the development of online platforms for information and knowledge sharing, aimed at enabling further synergies among affiliate members to develop.

New collaboration opportunities were discussed. Among them, the COO highlighted that the WLO could contribute with its expertise to some existing UNWTO programs, such as the working groups. Mr. Ion Vilcu expressed his interest in WLO’s programs, and the possibility of organizing one of WLO’s major events in collaboration with UNWTO was also discussed. Director of UNWTO Affiliate Members and WLO COO agreed on meeting again soon to keep on working on a closer collaboration between the two organizations.