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WORLD EXPO 2017 AND CASPIAN SEA TOURISM STRATEGY UNVEILED IN THE PRESENCE OF ECTT PRESIDENT ANTON CARAGEA

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on July 25, 2017 at 12:55 AM

The Republic of Kazakhstan has succeed in a short span of time to accomplish immense strides towards tourism development: the unveiling of WORLD EXPO 2017 had placed the country on the map of development and growth, the event was followed by Caspian Sea tourism strategy public launch and finalized with the creation of the Kazakhstan Tourism National Agency.


These impressive achievements were made with the help and supervision of European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.



On June 10, 2017, the Kazakhstan capital, Astana, hosted the ceremonies for 2017 WORLD EXPO opening.


 

The event highlighted under the theme of FUTURE ENERGY is marking the hopes for a better future and outlines new technologies and solutions for next century energy from more than 100 participant countries.

 




Kazakhstan – Europe common governmental session under Kazakhstan Prime Minister and ECTT President.



 

The WORLD EXPO is a once in four-year celebration of mankind most inspirational ideas and plans for the future, the first such EXPO has taken place in 1851 in London and Kazakhstan is the latest recipient of the honor to host WORLD EXPO.


 

European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was among the world leaders invited to attend the event and to officially open the FUTURE OF ENERGY pavilion.

 




ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea welcomed by Astana WORLD EXPO Commissar on the venue.



 

On June 9, 2017 the world leaders were received in private audience by H.E. President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev who especially expressed his gratitude to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea for being the first leader to endorse Kazakhstan candidature for hosting WORLD EXPO 2017.

 


We will never forget your instrumental role in awarding to Kazakhstan the most important exhibition in the world, stated Kazakh leader to ECTT President Anton Caragea.

 




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Documentary about President Anton Caragea exertions in supporting ASTANA candidature to host 2017 WORLD EXPO.

 



June 10, 2017 marked the official opening of WORD EXPO 2017, occasion on which President Dr. Anton Caragea made a small allocution opening European Pavilion:

 


It’s imagination, innovation; it’s invention that has driven Europe and that drives other countries that we see here gathered in Astana for EXPO 2017,”

 


“We are focused on the power that lies within all of us as individuals, as nations, to power the future. We are also focused on our culture –ambassadors.”

 

 




Kazakhstan Madjilis (Parliament) Chairman welcoming a dear friend: ECTT President.

 



European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) high-level delegation continued after three days spent in Astana (9-11 June) to a discovery trip along SILK ROAD trail and finalized with a tour of the Caspian sea.

 

 


Silk Road program of ECTT is a special program destined to highlight to the world the importance and tourism and cultural significance of the SILK ROAD as a center of tourism discovery trips.

 


During 13-20 June 2017 European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation visited the cities of Aktau and Atyrau, inspected tourist facilities on Caspian Sea and tourist resorts in the area and give a full support to KAZAKHSTAN ON THE SEA program. 





Aktau new perennial gardens.



Kazakhstan on the Sea project of President Nursultan Nazarbayev envisages to transform Caspian Sea shore line in a center for water sports and summer leisure rebuilding infrastructure in the area, constructing a host of high-class resorts and refurbishing beach and sporting areas along the coast.

 

 




Mangyshlak canyon: an incredible site.



KAZAKHSTAN ON THE SEA is a perfect example of tourism driven development, stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea –ECTT President and is involving a healthy dose of state support, state investments and private company involvement that will ensure the financial sustainability and viability of the project.



During our visit, we have been inspired by the cultural facilities of the Aktau and conquered by the Mangyshlak Peninsula cultural spots like SHAKPAK-ATA Grotto and rock hewn buildings and Sufi mosques of the areas and the incredible Mangyshlak canyon can become centers for regional and global tourism.

 

 




SHAKPAK-ATA: a center for Islamic tourism and religious training.




Such unspoiled natural retreats are hard to come by in the world and will attract million of tourists concluded ECTT President his evaluation of Caspian sea tourism potential.

 




Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, ECTT President and European Tourism Academy Director.

 



The Caspian Tour had concluded with a working meeting between Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and European delegation in the Aktau Palace of Friendship.

 




EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE presence on WORLD EXPO 2017 stage and support for Kazakhstan future development are the fundamental bedrock of a long term relationship destined to place culture and tourism on the top of the world agenda.


A complete photo-journal of the trip can be accessed here:

 


EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON PINTEREST

 


EUROPEAN COUNCIL AND KAZAKHSTAN ON FLICKR


European Council on Tourism and Trade President drive testing the latest Kazakhstan train

European Council on Tourism and Trade President on spot visit to factories and universities across Kazakhstan

 


GRANDIOSE CELEBRATION OF EUROPE DAY

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on May 17, 2017 at 5:15 AM

Building on a successful cooperation on last year’s Europe Day, the European Tourism Academy supported the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE(ECTT) to organize the Europe Day on Tuesday , 9 May 2017.



2017 EUROPE DAY reception has enjoyed a massive participation and the launch of new partnerships for European Council on Tourism and Trade with DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE.



The reception was attended by over 1000 people from including prominent guests such as government representatives, diplomatic corps in Bucharest, business leaders, academia, and the media.


The celebration started with the Europe anthem “Ode to Joy”. H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , the Head of ECTT/ Ambassador welcomed the attendees with a brief speech followed by European Tourism Academy Director , Academician Mircea Constantinescu.

 



Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , the Head of ECTT/ Ambassador welcomes Korean delegation to EUROPE DAY festivities.


 

The ceremony was officially opened with the traditional cake-cutting by President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea together with Academician Mircea Constantinescu, and High Commissioner for Tourism, Mr. Mark Doda as well as all ECTT accredited ambassadors in Bucharest.


EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE(ECTT ) and European Tourism Academy , in cooperation with its partners would like to thank all the sponsors and European embassies by giving a great contribution to make Europe Day Reception as a memorable celebration of Europe and ECTT accomplishments.



Welcoming the guests for EUROPE DAY 2017


On the fringes of the celebrations and reception was launched the BEST OF EUROPE/BEST OF THE WORLD program promoting the best products and lifestyle goods from across Europe and the world.


The first company to be enrolled in the product promotion and universal recognition of value was COFINLUXE and DALI HAUTE PERFUMERIE, the creator of WORLD FAVORITE PERFUME for 2017.


Others followed suit like: wine and champagne and sparkling wine producers registered in the fallowing days (European Diplomatic Wine`s partners like HOUSE OF PANCIU who unveiled for you the best European sparkling wines and HOUSE OF WINES COTNARI).



EUROPE at 60! A GOOD YEAR TO CELEBRATE!


The European Council on Tourism and Trade had hosted the formal reception at European Tourism Academy Headquarters on May 9 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm.


Invitees lists included ministers, members of Parliament, justices, senior officials, members of the diplomatic crop, representatives of international and regional organizations and of the civil society, media, development partners and representatives of the private sector.







More Pr about EUROPE DAY EVENT can be found here:


PHOTO JOURNAL OF EUROPE DAY


DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE-OFFICIAL PARTENER


DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE-WORLD FAVORITE PERFUME

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE CROWNS WORLD FAVORITE PERFUME CREATOR: DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on May 17, 2017 at 4:55 AM

European Council on Tourism and Trade hosted a Tourism and Perfume Exhibition for Europe Day 2017 and carved out a new program of tourism based on visiting perfume centers and regions.


France was the victor as the selected perfume and tourism destination.


The Perfume is from 17th century onwards an intricate part of European culture and must be inscribed as a part of tourism development as tourists are attracted by magic places where perfume is made and by perfume artists.


FRANCE: 2017 FAVORITE PARFUME AND TOURISM DESTINATION


On the occasion of Europe Day 2017, France has received a new recognition as the center of world culture and lifestyle with the title of CREATOR OF WORLD FAVORITE PERFUME being saliently ascribed to DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE.

 

 

The Perfume is from 17th century onwards an intricate part of European culture and must be inscribed as a part of tourism development as tourists are attracted by magic places where perfume is made and by perfume artists.

 





Today the quest for exclusive perfumes, for the secrets of the perfume creators has a new address: Dali Haute Parfumerie, World Favorite Perfume in 2017, based in Paris.

 


Dali Haute Parfumerie has just being honored with the title of World Favorite Perfume for 2017, in appreciation of his original interpretation of exceptional jewels created by Salvador Dali from which aroused the inspiration for creating unique perfumes, carved by the world famous perfume maker: Alberto Morillas.



 


Dali Haute Parfumerie has being inspired by the jewels collections created by the artist and now the exceptional perfume bottles are transformed in works of art, the jewels on the cap have to be preserved and kept in house for generations to come.


 

Mr. Jean-Pierre Grivory, President Director General of COFINLUXE succeeded in bringing a new life to French Perfume



It was Mr. Jean-Pierre Grivory, President Director General of Cofinluxe that harbored the bold idea to launch a new luxury perfume brand, based on the artistic creations of Salvador Dali.

 


A visionary decision that ascribed DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE on the road to universal recognition and success

 


Having your own signed Salvador Dali perfume in your house is without doubt the greatest gift that Dali Haute Parfumerie is offering to the aficionados of high end perfumes.

 


But the magic doesn’t stop at the bottle!

 




The perfume bottles of Dali Haute Parfumerie are the chalice that is protecting the fragrances carved by one of the world`s best perfume artists, fragrances that will invite you on a voyage across the essences of life.


 

Inside every Dali Haute Parfumerie fragrance you will find the rarest raw materials and substances in the perfume industry ranging from: absolute ambrette, orange blossom absolute, musk, patchouli of Indonesia, ylang-ylang, so many natural aromas and essences that will instantly transport you in a oneiric voyage.






 

In the official letter penned for Mr. Jean-Pierre Grivory, President Director General of COFINLUXE (the parent company of Dali Haute Perfumerie)on May 9, 2017, on Europe Day and announcing Dali Haute Parfumerie as World Favorite Perfume in 2017 is noted that:


 

«Starting today DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE is receiving the precious recognition of quality for cosmetics and perfume’s industry and a sign of trust on international markets as the WORLD FAVORITE PERFUME FOR 2017.

 


On May 9, on the EUROPE DAY, when we are celebrating the values of our continent and all that our peoples are producing and in the presence of diplomatic corps accredited to our institution we have publicly signed the decree conferring the official title of WORLD FAVORITE PERFUME FOR 2017 to DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE.

 




From today DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE fragrances will be used for protocol gifts, product tasting, for brand presentations, for international delegations and international events related to tourism, trade and diplomacy across the world, promoting Europe industriousness, innovation spirit and cultural prowess.




 

European Council on Tourism and Trade proudly crowned Dali Haute Parfumerie for the unique and astute spirit of promoting the European, but also universal values of Salvador Dali creations and encapsulating in his perfumes the French spirit, the European culture and the magic of a great perfume artist Alberto Morillas».


 

For orders and special request kindly consult the list of Official Distributors and Partners of DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE or contact direct Orders Department at: +33 1 55 37 71 72


 

 

CONSEIL EUROPEEN DU TOURISME ET DU COMMERCE COURONNE DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE - LE MEILLEUR PARFUM DU MONDE

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on May 17, 2017 at 4:40 AM

A l’occasion de la Journée de l’Europe 2017, la France a reçu une nouvelle reconnaissance en tant que Centre Mondial de la culture et du style de vie, avec le titre de Créateur du MEILLEUR PARFUM DU MONDE pour 2017, attribué à DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE.


 

 

Le parfum est à partir du XVIIème siècle une partie intégrante de la culture européenne et doit être inscrit comme un élément essentiel du développement du tourisme, les touristes étant attirés vers les centres de création de parfums.

 




Aujourd’hui, la quête de parfums exclusifs, des secrets du métier de parfumeur a une nouvelle adresse: Dali Haute Parfumerie, MEILLEUR PARFUM DU MONDE pour 2017, basée à Paris.


 

Dali Haute Parfumerie vient d’être honorée du titre de MEILLEUR PARFUM DU MONDE pour 2017 grâce à son interprétation des bijoux exceptionnels créés par Salvador Dali, qui ont donné naissance à des fragrances uniques, façonnées par le célèbre parfumeur Alberto Morillas.

 




Dali Haute Parfumerie est inspirée de la Collection de bijoux créés par l’artiste, les flacons d’exception devenant eux-mêmes des œuvres d’art, de véritables bijoux que l’on se doit de conserver pour les générations à venir.



Jean-Pierre Grivory, Président Directeur-Général de Cofinluxe l`homme qui a lancé une nouvelle marque de parfums de niche, en puisant son inspiration dans l’œuvre artistique de Salvador Dali.

 



C’est Jean-Pierre Grivory, Président Directeur-Général de Cofinluxe, qui a eu cette idée audacieuse de lancer une nouvelle marque de parfums de niche, en puisant son inspiration dans l’œuvre artistique de Salvador Dali. Un acte visionnaire qui conduit DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE vers le succès mondial. Avoir son propre parfum signé Salvador Dali chez soi, est sans doute le meilleur cadeau que Dali Haute Parfumerie puisse offrir aux amoureux de la Haute Parfumerie.


 

Mais la magie ne s’arrête pas au flacon.

 


Les flacons Dali Haute Parfumerie se font réceptacle de fragrances façonnées par l’un des meilleurs Parfumeurs-créateurs au monde et vous emmènent voyager à travers ses essences.

 




Dans chacune des fragrances Dali Haute Parfumerie, vous trouverez les matières premières les plus rares de la parfumerie, comme l’absolu d’ambrette, l’absolu de fleur d’oranger, l’ylang ylang, le patchouli d’Indonésie, l’Ambrox, autant d’essences naturelles qui vous transportent instantanément dans un voyage onirique.


 

La lettre officielle rédigée pour M. Jean-Pierre Grivory, Président Directeur-Général de COFINLUXE (la société mère de Dali Haute Parfumerie) le 9 mai 2017, Journée de l’Europe, qui décerne le prix de Meilleur Parfum au Monde 2017 à Dali Haute Parfumerie, note:

 




« À partir d’aujourd’hui, DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE reçoit la reconnaissance de la qualité au sein de l’industrie des cosmétiques et parfums et un signe de confiance sur les marchés internationaux en tant que MEILLEUR PARFUM DU MONDE POUR 2017.


 

Le 9 mai, Journée de l’Europe où nous célébrons les valeurs de notre continent et tout ce que nos peuples produisent, et en présence du corps diplomatique accrédité dans notre institution, nous signerons publiquement le décret conférant le titre officiel de CRÉATEUR DU MEILLEUR PARFUM DU MONDE POUR 2017 à DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE.

 




À partir d’aujourd’hui, DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE sera utilisé dans le cadre de cadeaux protocolaires, de la découverte de nouveaux produits, de présentations de marques, de délégations internationales et d’événements internationaux liés au tourisme, au commerce et à la diplomatie à travers le monde, en faveur de l’industrie européenne, de l’esprit d’innovation et de prouesses culturelles.




 

Le Conseil Européen du Tourisme et du Commerce a fièrement couronné Dali Haute Parfumerie pour son esprit unique et astucieux qui promeut les valeurs européennes et universelles à travers les créations de Salvador Dali et en mettant en avant le savoir-faire français, la culture européenne et la magie d’un créateur de parfums exceptionnels : Alberto Morillas. »

 

 

TABACALERA PALMA RECEIVES THE PRIZE FOR TOURISM AND WORLD FAVORITE CIGARS PRODUCER FOR 2017

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on May 11, 2017 at 6:35 AM

European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) hosted on May 10, 2017 the first ever European Cigars Exhibition in Brussels with the aim of bringing together the European cigars lovers with world top cigar producers.




 

La Galera 80th Anniversary Limited Edition was declared WORLD FAVORITE CIGAR FOR 2017.




As Europe emerges out of the crisis, we must not forget that our continent is the main consumer of cigars in the world and cigar is part of the lifestyle and joie de vivre that is representative of our continent.


Europe must influence, educate and leverage his financial and taste on world cigars community.


Be spoke in a word! (Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-ECTT President opening speech).





TABACALERA PALMA representative receives the FAVORITE CIGAR IN THE WORLD from Mrs. Ruxandra Leonte, Director of European Cigar Exhibition.



On the meeting agenda was also on the most sought after moment: tasting of world’s best cigars deemed as representative for a cigars aficionados paradise.


The winner was unanimously branded as La Galera 80 years anniversary limited edition crowned as Favorite Cigar for 2017 and Tabacalera Palma from Dominican Republic.



Dominican Republic cigars and tobacco product arouse a strong interests being labeled as powerful and interesting and eliciting also interest from tour operators interested in carving tourism and cigar tasting programmes.


If Dominican Republic took the podium with Tabacalera Palma and La Galera as World Favorite Cigar, Nicaraguan products also fired up the world’s attention followed closely by Cuban and a host of small Mexico and Brazil producers.




The Director of European Cigars Exhibition in Brussels, Mrs. Ruxandra Leonte stated: We hope to make the Cigars Exhibition a yearly event representative for world producers and European consumers and also support a tourism products based on tobacco discovery as we already have at world level well established and running wine tourism tours.


I congratulate the winners of this year edition of World’s Favorite Cigar producer Tabacalera La Palma and wish everybody to taste the magic La Galera cigars blended by talented and energetic Jochy- José Arnaldo Blanco III and his team.





Pavel Avramoiu, hotel and hospitality delegate also praised the initiative: representing a chain of 80 luxury hotels across the world, the opportunity to meet in one place the most important representatives of cigar industry is priceless. I also concur to the strong showing of Palma Tabacalera and Dominican Republic cigars and I hope we will soon have La Galera collection in our hotels.



About TABACALERA PALMA



 


Tabacalera Palma’s emergence predates to the mid 19th century, when a Spaniard named José Manuel Blanco Lozada moves to the Dominican Republic and pursues the trade of tropical fruits and tobacco.


José Arnaldo Blanco II established Tabacalera Palma back in 1925 and filed for industrial registration in 1936, becoming one of the first cigar manufacturers in the Dominican Republic. By 1960, ‘La Palma’ had developed to have around 200 full time rollers generating cigars for the local market.


Today the family business is lead into a new adventure by José Arnaldo Blanco III, affectionately known to all as “Jochy”, who is the current owner and CEO of Tabacalera Palma.


Tabacalera Palma is a vibrant enterprise with a positive impact to the community. Not only does the company contribute with the direct employment of many citizens, but commits with society by supporting existing charities like the Firemen Patronage, the Orphanage of Tamboril, several sports organizations, amongst others.

 

The company employs more than 350 persons on site, more than 70% of them being women, indirectly employing more than 1,500 with all of the operations.



JOSE Jochy BLANCO – owner of TABACALERA PALMA and the man who put Dominican cigars on world map.


Jochy devotes unconditional support towards small and independent growers in the communities where Tabacalera Palma operates, as well as portraying a partnership in the state of the art tobacco farm “Estancia Flor de Palma”, with the world-renowned cigar maker Litto Gomez from La Flor Dominicana.


Some of the finest tobacco in the world is produced here, from the flavorful fillers and the delightful binders, to the exquisite wrappers of the uttermost quality.


Ever since Mr. Blanco assumed the role of CEO in Tabacalera Palma, the company has developed numerous private labels for some of the leading cigar companies in the world.


Additionally, Tabacalera Palma. has developed and improved tobacco growing, harvesting, curing and processing techniques, ideal factors that compliment the high performance of the cigars.


To order the WORLD FAVORITE CIGARS FROM TABACALERA PALMA you can contact the factory here:



EUROPE DAY RECEPTION HOSTED BY ECTT PRESIDENT

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on May 2, 2017 at 6:20 AM

Europe Day is the EU’s official day to celebrate peace and unity in Europe.



The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration’, which set out the French foreign minister’s idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe.

 


It is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

 


To celebrate this day, the European Council on Tourism and Trade organize an elegant and high-profile evening reception, which brings together the members from the German, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, French and Italian European Council on Tourism and Trade delegations.

 


Building on a successful cooperation on last year’s Europe Day, the European Council on Tourism and Trade teamed up once again with the European Tourism Academy, European Council on International Relations to organize the Europe Day Reception 2017 at the EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY headquarter on Tuesday, 9 May 2017.

 

 



European Council on Tourism and Trade Europe`s Day reception in 2016 was a perfect networking event.


 


This event was followed by a diverse two-weeks programme of social-cultural activities for all ages, taking place throughout the same weeks in the city.


 

On the occasion of the 9 May celebration a new program to support European companies promotion and awareness building across the world will be unveiled, the program named BEST OF EUROPE will highlight the main products made in Europe that are unmatched across the world and can be used as real vectors of image for Europe incredible potential.

 


The program will be presented for the diplomatic corps accredited to European Council on Tourism and Trade by the Council President, Professor Dr.Anton Caragea.

 


The Europe Day Reception is a celebration but also a perfect opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the European community comprising EU and non-EU member countries, giving the opportunity to all guests to celebrate the deep commercial, cultural, political and historical links between the countries of European continent.

WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTE PRESIDENTS GIVES THE START FOR 2016 WORLD TRAVEL AND TOURISM FAIR

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on December 9, 2016 at 7:50 AM

The official visit of ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea, marking the opening of Autumn 2016-International Tourism Fair at the ROMEXPO Hall, in Bucharest, has taken place.

 



I declare open the 2016 International Tourism Fair! God bless us all! states ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea from the high pulpit.


 

President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Academician Mircea Constantinescu and their retinue had visited the tourism market, cut the ribbon given the offficial start of the activities and presented from the pulpit the main characteristics of the 2017 year in tourism.


 


Bread and Salt: Traditional welcome for H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and Academician Mircea Constantinescu from European Tourism Academy opening the 2016 TOURISM FAIR.


 

The 18 November official tour of the exhibition had taken place under The High Patronage of President of European Council on Tourism and Trade.


 

On this occasion Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade has made the official tour of honour for all the pavilions that promoted outbound and inbound tourism, accompanied by a delegation of members of European Parliaments and the usual retinue of governmental officials.

 


The Bucharest-International Tourism Fair has garnered the most important tourism companies that outlined special offers for the lovers of cultural tourism, medical tourism and wellness, rural and business related tourism but also presented offers for aficionados of cruises, exotic destinations and adventure tourism.

 


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had toured the areas dedicated to the promotion of wine tourism and stressed his office support for wine discovery based tourism programs, that are allowing visitors to familiarized themselves with Europe`s natural beauties but also to taste the incredible European wines.

 




H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and ECTT delegates are admiring traditional dances from Bucovina.


 

On the pavilions acknowledged by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, ECTT President and Global Ambassador for Tourism we can count the COTNARI stand that promoted not only the perfection of Cotnari Wines but also Cotnari region as the heartland of Moldova`s tourism.

 



President Dr. Anton Caragea also visited the pavilions of Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Hungary, Bulgaria and delivered a speech on Movenpick stand on the opportunities offered by Middle Eastern tourism.


 



Professor Dr. Anton Caragea visited the Photographic Exhibition ans encouraged the artists present and was received as distinguished guest by the representatives of the transport companies like Air Berlin, Blue Air and made a special stop over to the National Air Transport Company TAROM, where European Council President took his time and attended a photo session with the employees of the national air company.


 



The open conference held by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea on Middle Eastern tourism opportunities was attended by tourism specialists, mass media and governmental officials.


 

International Tourism Fair 2016 was a pleasant opportunity to meet the representatives of the tourism and air transport companies and to discuss new methods to improve tourism at world level and more than everything provided us with a rostrum of discussions for the future elections on WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION FOR 2017 and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2017 stated European Council on Tourism and Trade President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in the concluding remarks of his visit.

 



WORLD CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS ARE WITNESSING ACADEMICIAN DR. HUN SEN ACCEPTANCE SPEECH FOR EUROPEAN ACADEMY

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on July 10, 2016 at 6:40 AM

The Office of The President of European Council on Tourism and Trade together with Office of the Director of The European Tourism Academy announced the selection of H.E. HUN SEN- SAMDECH AKKA MOHA SENA PADEI TECHO, Prime Minister of Cambodia as the newest member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY.


This international recognitions come in recognition of his role in promoting fair tourism, cultural legacy heritage, hosting 2015 World Tourism and Culture conference and for his decision to uphold the principles of European Tourism Academy: to support education, to foster education, to encourage global action and citizenship via education development, to uphold the system of higher education, to advance peace, sustainability and development on world arena.

The official handover of the academician baton had taken place on 22 June 2016 on the venue of the WORLD TOURISM AWARDS CEREMONY for 2016.


On this occasion the new world academician had outlined his vision on tourism future and on Cambodia`s continous growth and development.

 


SPEECH

 

By

 

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN

 

Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia

 

At the

 

Celebration of Cambodia’s winning of World Best Tourist Destination

 

Award for 2016 and the Declaration of Cambodia as “a Favorite Cultural Destination in 2016”


 



Academician Dr. HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Cambodia, surrounded with love and respect on the platform of WORD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION CEREMONY for 2016.


 

Peace Palace, June 22, 2016, Phnom Penh



 

– H.E. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade

 

– Distinguished National and International Guests!


 

Today, I am delighted to participate in the ceremony to celebrate Cambodia being awarded “World Best Tourist Destination 2016 Award” and the Inauguration of “Cambodia as a Favorite Cultural Destination in 2016”, along with the first Competition on “First Good Hospitality”.

 


At the outset, I would like to extend a very warm welcome the delegation of the European Council on Tourism and Trade to this event.

 


I would like to also express my gratitude and appreciation to H.E. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade and his colleagues for creating this highly important award which will help promote Cambodia tourism.

 


I also thank the European Council on Tourism and Trade for electing me as an honorary member of the European Tourism Academy.

 


On behalf of the Royal Government and People of Cambodia, I am really proud that the Kingdom of Cambodia has been awarded the World Best Tourist Destination 2016 Award along with the declaration of “Cambodia as a Popular Cultural Destination in 2016”.

 




 

Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN is entrusted with CRISTAL TROPHY, sign of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD for 2016 by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, European Council on Tourism and Trade President.



 

This result indeed attests to real situation of Cambodia and the wonder of Cambodia as “Culture and Nature” tourist destination which is now a major tourist destination in Asia and Southeast Asia, a region that is enjoying high tourism growth thanks to richness of culture, history and nature.


 

Cambodia has indeed been playing a key role in connecting this regional and highly attractive tourism network.

 


Overall, the temple of Angkor which is the heritage of humanity and the wonder of the world, the temple of Preah Vihear which is of outstanding universal value, the temple of Sambor Prei Kuk and thousands of other temples within the country and vast natural resources along Cambodia’s Beaches that have been awarded the world most beautiful beaches, Mekong River which has freshwater dolphins, eco-tourism region in the northeastern and southeastern Cambodia, Tonle Sap Lake, traditions and customs and the friendliness of the people, couples with security and safety factors within the country are the great magnet for tourists.

 


Those factors help Cambodia live up to its international recognition as “Kingdom of Wonder”.

 



 

Academician Dr. HUN SEN raises high n the air the HONORARY ACADEMICIAN CERTIFICATE to be observed by the audience of WORLD TOURISM AWARDS ceremonies.


 


As raised by H.E. Dr. Anton Caragea that Cambodia deserves the reputation of “The Kingdom of Wonder” and this reputation has noticeably contributed to the development of tourism sector in Cambodia within this last two decades. In fact, the revenue that comes from tourism sector is a significant contribution to Cambodia’s macroeconomic stability and socio-economic progress and help promote the growth of some supporting sectors such as agriculture, trade, infrastructure and SMEs.


 

Furthermore, the development of tourism sector has generated revenue that support culture conservation and protection of environment and natural resource in effective and responsible way.

 


With this, I would like to thank the European Council on Tourism and Trade for considering “Cambodia: A Global Role Model of Equitable Distribution of Income from Tourism Development”.

 



Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN delivers the enlighten declaration for WORLD TOURISM AWARDS ceremony in 2016.



 

 

With this spirit, Cambodia is committed to developing its tourism sector in a sustainable, responsible and equitable manner that contributes to economic growth and poverty reduction and responds to climate change.


 

This “Green Gold” will pay an important role in accomplishing the UN’s sustainable development goals 2030.

 


On its part, Cambodia will be active and pro-active in grabbing opportunities arising from its wonder as the world tourist destination.

 


This helps ensure not only socio-economic benefits, high income for the people and sustainable development, but also the protection of cultural and natural resources, in short “Cambodia’s wonder serves tourism, tourism serves Cambodia’s wonder”.

 



Excellencies, Ladies, Gentlemen!

 


It is undeniable that although the government has strived hard as stated above, the success of tourism sector would have never been achieved without active participation from private sector and Cambodian people. In this regards, we can say that this positive result is mainly attributed to our concerted effort, unity and ownership.

 


Hence, to continue promoting tourism sector in Cambodia to become the “World Best Tourist Destination” and “Tourist Destination with Warm Hospitality”, on behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, I would like to give some recommendations as follows:

 



Business community is called to support Prime Minister Hun Sen vision and World Best Tourist Destination status.

 

Cambodia economy is booming and they are requested to add their intake.



 

 

1st. I am of the view that today’s success in tourism development, especially Cambodia’s attractiveness proclaimed as the world‘s best tourist destination rely on smiling and friendly faces of those at the front ranging from flight services, international border checkpoints, accommodation, food, entertainment and so on.


 

Therefore, the contest “Good Hospitality” is a new national agenda, and we need to understand that “Hospitality is our obligation” and hospitality is what we can do immediately with our requiring any means.

 


Furthermore, to make Cambodia the world tourist destination that welcomes 7 million international tourists by 2020 and hosts SEA Game in 2023, I wish to urge all the relevant parties to participate actively in the contest “Good Hospitality”, including (1). Good hospitality in tourism services, (2). Good hospitality in public service in clean city and (3). Good hospitality of migration official at international border checkpoints.

 



Cambodia Royal Army attends WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION 2016 CEREMONIES.



 

 

2nd. At this moment, I would like to announce the campaign “Cambodia: Kingdom of Wonder” along with slogan “providing warmth to tourists” to become a highly attractive advertisement to the world as well as an important message to increase the number of returning tourists to Cambodia.


 

3rd. The Royal Government of Cambodia is committed to further conserving natural and cultural resources as well as developing better tourist products and services in response to the context of regional and global integration.

 


In this regards, I request that relevant ministries and institutions pay attention to protecting invaluable cultural and natural resources.




 

International Community express support for World Best Tourist Destination-Cambodia

 

Hundreds of international diplomats are witnessing the crowning of Cambodia as a world symbol: WOLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION and FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in 2016.


 

 

Furthermore, they also have to ensure that every tourism-related development and construction in the conservation, heritage and protected areas as well as coastal areas must comply with the principles of sustainability, culture and tradition, and certain regulation while responding to environmental and climate change issues.


 

4th. On top of the protection of natural and cultural resources together with this friendliness, I suggest all relevant parties to continue their active participation in the campaign “Clean Cambodia, Green Cambodia” by actively supporting the movement contest “Clean City, Clean Resort, Good Service, Good Hospitality”.

 


5th. To contribute to the promotion of tourism competitiveness in Cambodia, the Ministry of Tourism must strive to cooperate with relevant institutions to further develop creative and innovative tourist products and create more package tours to make Cambodia become the “center of regional tourism”.

 

 




Win Win policies of Prime Minister HUN SEN attracted international acclamation and support

 

The win -win policy of Academician Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN is regarded as a world model of diplomacy by all international diplomats present on the venue of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION ceremony.



 

 

In this regard, I would like to request the European Council on Tourism and Trade and private partners to continue supporting Cambodia in the advertisement of tourism development and attract more European and international investors and tourists to Cambodia.

 


6th. To transform Cambodia into the world’s tourist destination, it is required to take into account the quality of tourism services and green standard of each service, coupled with sufficient and skilled human resources.

 


In this sense, I would like to request H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and H.E. Mircea Constantinescu, Head of European Tourism Academy, to cooperate and support Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism to further study and develop tourism standards, strengthen and develop human resources in tourism sector, as well as to conduct tourism study and research more comprehensively while the sector rapidly develops in globalization context.

 


Once again, I strongly believe that Cambodia, with this invaluable award, would become a warm and attractive tourist destination with good welfare provided to tourists and people.





Young people of Cambodia are the main beneficiaries of Prime Minister Hun Sen policies and of World Best Tourist Destination status.

The youth of Cambodia are at the center of Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN policies and vision.


 

 

Moreover, it would also become an attractive green tourist destination with friendly and smiling faces, which can be named as “Cambodia: the Kingdom of Smiles”, and this helps raise Cambodia’s reputation and prestige as “Cambodia: Kingdom of Wonder” in international arena.


 

Finally, along with the award celebration of “Cambodia: the World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2016”, coupled with the announcement of “Cambodia: Favorite Cultural Destination for 2016” and the movement contest of “First Good Hospitality”, I wish H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and senior delegation of the European Council on Tourism and Trade happiness, prosperity and success in every undertaking.

 




Academician HUN SEN express his gratitude for European Council on Tourism and Trade

 

Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, World Tourism and Development Leader, is marking the opening of WORLD TOURISM AWARDS ceremonies for 2016.



 

 

At the same time, I also wish Excellencies, ladies, gentlemen and all participants the four gems of Buddha’s blessings: Longevity, Nobility, Health and Strength.


CAMBODIA CULTRAL HYMN FOR FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION DESIGNATION FOR 2016


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ACADEMICIAN MIRCEA CONSTANTINESCU, EUROPEAN ACADEMY LEADER, OFFERS THE LAUDATIO FOR CAMBODIA`S PRIME MINISTER-DR. HUN SEN

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on June 30, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Eulogy for

 

H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo- Hun Sen,

 

Prime Minister of Royal Government of Cambodia

 

EUROPEAN ACADEMICIAN

 

 


Academician Mircea Constantinescu LAUDATIO for H.E. Prime Minister of CAMBODIA


 


Your Excellency Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo- Hun Sen,

 


Prime Minister of Royal Government of Cambodia,

 

Members of the Cambodian Parliament and members of the Cambodian Government,

 


Honorable audience,

 

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,

 


We traveled for almost 24 hours, flying more than 10.000 km. in order to bring to you, the people of the Cambodia, our message of friendship, peace, tolerance and mutual understanding, a message from the very heart of the Europe.

 


We are here to award to His Excellency Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo- Hun Sen, the title of HONORARY MEMBER of European Tourism Academy, member of the United Nations Academic Initiative.

 


For me this laudatio is a very special and heartfelt occasion.

 


We are talking here about the life and the activity of a great national and international personality that mark indelibly the past and present of Cambodia and will continue to give an impetus to the future of Cambodia and the global world destiny.

 


The life and the activity of your extraordinary Prime Minister spans for almost the last five decades and is closely connected to the history of the Cambodian nation and to the fight, existence and hopes of the Cambodian people.

 




Academician Mircea Constantinescu delivers the eulogy for H.E. Prime Minister of CAMBODIA-Dr. HUN SEN


 

During this period of time Prime Minister Hun Sen was one by one: strong fighter, versatile diplomat, powerful and visionary leader, playing on the internal and international arena an ever-growing role.


 

So it was clear from the beginning that an award for such an outstanding personality should encompass his entire activity.

 


On the other side, some remarkable points in His Excellency biography should be revealed:

 


At the age of 18, when other future leaders-to-be where still in their infancy, he was already fighting for his country and for a better future of the Cambodian people. He realized that military victory, especially in a civil war, is only the beginning of a much difficult struggle to restore a peaceful and prosperous life to Cambodian people.


 

This made him to be a MAN OF ACTION

 


His diplomatic intuition was extremely helpful in the domestic and international arena.

 

His strong belief in the win-win strategy as the best strategy in most situations, was keeping the country away from conflict, and in the middle of productive dialogs.



 

A congratulatory shake-hand between European Tourism Academy leader, MIRCEA CONSTATINESCU and Academician Dr. HUN SEN.



A congratulatory shake-hand between European Tourism Academy leader, MIRCEA CONSTATINESCU and Academician Dr. HUN SEN leader of the Cambodian people.


 

These traits made him to be a MAN OF DIALOGUE.

 


A perfectly balanced and well documented PHD in Politics from National Political Academy, had splendidly anchored the political activities and first hand governmental experience with the knowledge and the sobriety of the research necessary to carry out an PhD Thesis.


 

This succesful coronation of the prescribed curriculum made him a MAN OF REFLECTION.

 


Finally, he also had the intuition and the knowledge that the economic development, the fight against poverty might be closely linked to the tourism and to the preservation of the cultural heritage.


 

We must note here a long and painstaking activity of coordinating culture, tourism and development for more than 40 years, activity reflected not only in more than 200 of speeches, works and allocutions but also in achievements that are speaking for themselves: from the ashes of civil war Cambodia is proclaimed today by the international community as a WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

 


From a country ravaged by the conflicts and hunger, the glory of Cambodia`s past was resurrected, ancient temples like Preah Vihear restored to the nation and the country crowned today as a FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in the world.

 


What a road, what a journey, made possible by the efforts of His Excellency Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo- Hun Sen.

 


We may tell you many remarkable things about the complex personality and the successful activity of your beloved and remarkable Prime Minister, but we wanted to keep this Laudatio focus on the main points that shaped the life and the career of Academician Dr. HUN SEN.

 


To give the complete story of such a brilliant life will take us weeks and months.

 


I will just ask our newest academician to uphold, as he did his entire life, the fundamental principles of United Nations Academic Initiative and of European Tourism Academy: to support education, to foster education, to encourage global action and citizenship via education development, to uphold the system of higher education, to advance peace, sustainability and development on world arena.

 


These are Your Excellency noble obligations as a member of European Academy.

 


May they always guide your actions!

 


These procedures being concluded, according to the centuries old academic protocol, I have the distinct pleasure to award the Title of MEMBER OF HONOR and the Medal of Honor of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY to His Excellency Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo- Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Royal Government of Cambodia.

CAMBODIA IS DECLARED AS WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016-THE HIGHEST HONOR IN TOURISM

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on June 15, 2016 at 1:00 AM

On June 11, 2016, the General Assembly of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT), has taken under consideration the list of candidates for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2016. 

 

Scrutinizing of the candidature files was made, in the initial stages, by the European Tourism Academy team, who drafted a preliminary report disseminated among the ECTT members.

 



Representatives of 28 european countries are debating: Who will be WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2016? 


Academician Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy, presented the list of candidates and the list of reports and accompanying evaluations for each of the 30 countries registered candidatures.

 

 

Academician Mircea Constantinescu stressed the need for a strict observance of Chatham House rules of discretion, and also presented the report asking for a candidate country to be disbarred, for not being able to comply with the rules and regulation of World Institution-ECTT.

 


The motion was adopted and the analysis of remaining 29 countries in competition for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION continued.

 


ECTT Trade Chairman- Mr. Mihai Prundianu made a thorough analysis of Ethiopia`s evolution as WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION 2015: 2 billion dollars in supplementary revenues. Not a bad deal for the people of Ethiopia ! 


ECTT Trade Responsible Chairman –Mihai Prundianu stated for the audience the remarkable achievements of the 2015 award winner-The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia who capped 1 million tourists supplementary and derived tourism income in the margin of 2 billion dollars. Addis Ababa became the most rapidly growing city in Africa in the number of tourists.

 


Ethiopia enjoyed also a large presence in the media with over 120.000 tourism related articles promoting the country as the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION.

 


Ethiopia has being, surpassing all the countries in the region in terms of tourism, appreciated Academician Mircea Constantinescu.



 

ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea marked also the world tourism institution determination to continue a special relation with Ethiopia that we come to know and love and who entered in our hearts forever, concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

 


With the acceptance of the report by Chairman Mihai Prundianu on ETHIOPIA, the debate on the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 was declared opened according to the decision of ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 




ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea on the rostrum of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2016.

 

 


The second day (12 June 2016) of the debate for the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2016 saw Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) presenting the main report, encompassing the decision that emerged as the victorious candidate.


 

 

The report was titled: CAMBODIA: THE LAND OF MAGIC- THE PLACE WHERE GOD`S AND KINGS BUILD THE WORLD!

 


He proposed the Kingdom of CAMBODIA as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 and as receiver of the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION distinction for 2016.

 


The report noted the reasons for awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 PRIZE to CAMBODIA:

 

 



Temple of Preah Vihear- the heart of ancient Indochina.


 

 

The excellent preservation of humanity landmarks such as: the Temple of Preah Vihear- the heart of ancient Indochina.


 

The temple outstanding history can be traced to the 9th century, when the hermitage was founded.

 


Today the site is particularly well-preserved and is offering to the visitors an outstanding vision of grandeur, thanks to his exceptional for the quality of its architecture, which is adapted to the natural environment and the religious function of the temple, as well as for the exceptional quality of its carved stone ornamentation.

 


The Siem Reap province is home to the majestically and unique Angkor Archaeological Park - the residence of the Khmers Kings from 9th to 15th century.

 


Today this incredible humanity legacy, stretching over some 400 sq.km, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century.

 


They include the famous Temple of Angkor Watt and Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.

 


All this sites were recognized as being of world significance and registered as UNESCO World heritage monuments.

 




Angkor Thom a temple of world significance and registered as UNESCO World heritage monument.


 

 

The rich cultural and historical legacy of Cambodia is not limited to the previous presented list.


 

In order to fully grasp the natural potential of Cambodia natural parks and natural reservations we must look at the potential of these regions designated in 1993 Royal Decree on the Protection of Natural Areas.

 


They are encompassing 23 protected areas, which at the time covered more than 18% of the country’s total land area. The royal decree divides the areas into four distinct categories: natural parks (sometimes described as ‘national parks, wildlife preserves, protected scenic view areas (sometimes described as ‘protected landscape`s and multi-purpose areas.

 


Cambodia is also home to rarely and valuable Ramsar sites rated accordingly to RAMSAR CONVENTION of June 1999:

 


A stretch along the Mekong River approximately 37 km long and 14,600 hectares in Stung Treng Province. 


Boeng Chhmar and associated river system and floodplain, 28,000 hectares in Kampong Thom and Siem Reap provinces (part of a designated multiple use area). 


Koh Kapik and associated islets, 12,000 hectares in Koh Kong province (part of a designated wildlife sanctuary).

 

 


Giving tourists access to outstanding and pristine nature and the opportunity to explore nature, to contribute to ecological preservation, and the opportunity to visit extraordinary places. 

 


All these regions and national parks are a model of achieving ecological and green tourism that must be recognized throughout the world.

 

 

 


New prominent landmarks are to be added to UNESCO list such as: Angkor Borei and Phnom Da, the former celebrated as the ancient capital of Kingdom of Cambodia under the name of Vyadhapura and pace at the confluence of Mekong and Stun Sla Ku.

This is now home to perfect archaeological treasures like sculptures and stones star-shaped called stela.

 


Phnom Da is famous for his caves, the mud tower and the all sought Ashram Maha Rosei, made in long standing stone and celebrated as a model of architectural ingenuity made out of interior monk housing units blending in the exterior wall.

 


Udong is the former capital of Royal Cambodia in 17th century from 1740 to 1746.


 

Udong is now a perfect example of a sprawling royal city, but also a royal necropolis gathering the funerary temples of kings that offered to Cambodia a chance of survival in the country darkest times.

 


Udong is the proof of the resilience and endurance of Khmer spirit in time of peril and dangers.

 


The project ONE VILLAGE/ONE PRODUCT designed to promote social fair tourism, to sustain rural production and to bring about the rebirth of traditional craftsmanship created and promoted by H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Cambodia , is a perfect way of sharing revenue, growing income and supporting marginal and rural communities development.

 


The way in which social-tourism has become the base for local economic development, for empowerment of remote community and supporting educational and vocational projects benefiting the communities, makes social-fair tourism, the lesson that today-the KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA is offering to the world.

 



 

The Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations had brought Cambodia on the list of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATIONS.


 

 

The ongoing development and protection of cultural, religious and historical shrines of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the transformation of Angkor Region into a historical and spiritual center, offering to the visitors a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of peoples of Cambodia.


 

 

Angkor must be the world center of religious pilgrimage and cultural tourism offering to world tourists the complex healing experience of cultural legacy, religious special atmosphere and faith imbued air.

 

 


The preservation of outstanding historical and cultural heritage in the form of the former capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Angkor cultural complex, an ample palatial complex from the 9th Century, offering an incredible sense of magnificence of one of the Asia greatest empire.

 


Today, Cambodia offers tourists bound for the country a rich and perfect open air collection with a rare presence of historical and archaeological treasures that educate and enrich the world.

 


The KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA is also a perfect center for river trips and adventure tourism, offering large areas suitable for this special kind of tourism, and the necessary infrastructure to welcome the adventure seeker, its safety and peace, makes the country, one of the world’s top adventure river destinations that make the KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA as a perfect cultural class destination.

 




 

Cambodia is now proclaimed WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION.

Ambassadors are surrounding the European Council on Tourism and Trade leadership.


 

 

Mr. Pavel Avramoiu, Director for Hotel Management and Evaluation at European Council on Tourism and Trade, outlined the impressive potential for development that Kingdom of Cambodia is presenting.

 


Cambodia, now proclaimed WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION, must transform this perfect opportunity and universal limelight in a base for attracting investors in the field of hotels and hospitality to cater for the millions that will find their ways to the KINGDOM OF WONDERS and LAND OF MAGIC!

 

 


This is an incredible occasion for all ASEAN regions, an opportunity to place regions cultural and historical patrimony at the fore and to make Cambodia the center for medium and long-term trips that will bring travelers to the magic of Indochina.

 


With open sky`s policies enacted by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, the country has become the center of ASEAN future development, concluded his speech World Tourism Institution Director Pavel Avramoiu. 

 


It is appropriate for Europe to express its commitment to, and appreciation for, Asia by crowning CAMBODIA as THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION AND WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 stated the ECTT Director Ioan Matei.

 




 

Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, Director of European Parliamentary Committee in the European Council on Tourism and Trade.


 

Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, Director of European Parliamentary Committee in the European Council on Tourism and Trade and Senator of Romanian Parliament stated the opinion of all present at ECTT conference and declared that the KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA is the unique candidate that is offering a perfect blend of cultural record, large historical patrimony and is offering a magisterial lesson to the world: the lesson of creativity and resilience of SROK KHMER-the land of Khmers.


 

With an outstanding record of promoting social-fair tourism, ecological and poverty reduction strategy based on tourism Cambodia deserves a unanimous vote, appreciated the Senator I. Agrigoroaei.

 

 


Taking the floor, President Dr. Anton Caragea asked for a final vote and European Council on Tourism and Trade Assembly unanimously, agreed to bestow the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION STATUS FOR 2016 TO KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA and to declare CAMBODIA- THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in 2016.

 

 


The meeting was also presented with the Official Letter, from the Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia.

 


The world gathering (including ECTT members and accredited ambassadors and diplomats) was presented with a warm salute and invitation from acting Minister of Tourism Mr. Chea Bora, for a mission of high ranking officials of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, to present the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in Phnom Penh, in person, to His Excellency Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, European Academician and outstanding personality in world tourism, today.

 



Let`s all discover CAMBODIA: THE LAND OF MAGIC AND KINGDOM OF WONDERS !


 

The final note of ECTT 2016 Assembly was stroke by Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade who emphasize the importance of the moment: the most important WORLD TOURISM PRIZE was entrusted to peoples of CAMBODIA.


 

 

CAMBODIA has arisen from ashes of nefarious time and is today a perfect destination crowned in the diamonds of Mekong, endowed with the beauties of Siem Reap and Battambang and made immortal by the works of Gods and Kings at Angkor.

 

Leading by example, is always the motto of European Council and Tourism and Trade and the acceptance of the invitation for a familiarization visit of high-ranking members of European Council on Tourism and Trade to CAMBODIA is a proof of this enduring truth. CAMBODIA is a perfectly safe and outstanding destination that will forever mark your heart!

  


Today all world tourism experts expressed their confidence in the potential and future of tourism in CAMBODIA, let`s follow their example and discover THE WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION in 2016- concluded Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade.


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ANTON CARAGEA-ECTT PRESIDENT DELIVERS THE REPORT: CAMBODIA: LAND OF MAGIC!

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on June 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

On the framework of the 9th Meeting of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) international organization, held at the Romanian Parliament, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea MA, FINS, ETA, presented a tourism analysis and evaluation report entitled: CAMBODIA: THE LAND OF MAGIC- THE PLACE WHERE GOD`S AND KINGS BUILD THE WORLD!


The ECTT Awards for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION are the world tourism institution is the linchpin events in the global tourism and travel industry.


The European Council on Tourism and Trade Awards reached a milestone this year with over 20 million visitors in the countries recognized WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.


The international event of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION  and FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION  seeks to put under limelight new destinations and countries around the world that have positively impacted and inspired the tourism sector through innovation and knowledge.


 

These countries achievements have served as an inspiration for fostering sustainable tourism development and implement Sustainable Development Goals at a local, national, regional and international level.


On June 12, 2016, European Council on Tourism and Trade President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea proposed that the name of KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA be added to the illustrious list of the winners of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD.


Here are excerpts from ECTT President allocution:






The report noted the reasons for awarding WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION FOR 2016 PRIZE to CAMBODIA:


 

• The excellent preservation of humanity landmarks such as: the Temple of Preah Vihear- the heart of ancient Indochina.


The temple outstanding history can be traced to the 9th century, when the hermitage was founded.


Today the site is particularly well preserved and is offering to the visitors an outstanding vision of grandeur, thanks to his exceptional for the quality of its architecture, which is adapted to the natural environment and the religious function of the temple, as well as for the exceptional quality of its carved stone ornamentation.

 


The Siem Reap province is home to the majestically and unique Angkor Archaeological Park – the residence of the Khmer’s Kings from 9th to 15th century.




Angkor Wat Temple located in Siem Reap Province of Cambodia.


 

Today this incredible humanity legacy, stretching over some 400 sq.km, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century.


They include the famous Temple of Angkor Watt and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.


All this sites where recognized as being of world significance and registered as UNESCO World heritage monuments.


• The rich cultural and historical legacy of Cambodia is not limited to the previous presented list.


In order to fully grasp the natural potential of Cambodia natural parks and natural reservations we must look at the potential of these regions designated in 1993 Royal Decree on the Protection of Natural Areas.




 

Bayon Temple: one of the humanity landmarks


They are encompassing 23 protected areas, which at the time covered more than 18% of the country’s total land area

The royal decree divides the areas into four distinct categories: natural parks (sometimes described as ‘national parks’), wildlife preserves, protected scenic view areas (sometimes described as ‘protected landscapes’) and multi-purpose areas.


Cambodia is also home to rarely and valuable Ramsar sites rated accordingly to RAMSAR CONVENTION of June 1999:

 


A stretch along the Mekong River approximately 37 km long and 14,600 hectares in Stung Treng Province


Boeng Chhmar and associated river system and floodplain, 28,000 hectares in Kampong Thom and Siem Reap provinces (part of a designated multiple use area)


Koh Kapik and associated islets, 12,000 hectares in Koh Kong province (part of a designated wildlife sanctuary).



The awe conquering Angkor Thom Temple- a part of humanity legacy.


• Giving tourists access to outstanding and pristine nature and the opportunity to explore nature, to contribute to ecological preservation, and the opportunity to visit extraordinary places.


All these regions and national parks are a model of achieving ecological and green tourism that must be recognized throughout the world.


New prominent landmarks are to be added to UNESCO list such as: Angkor Borei and Phnom Da, the former celebrated as the ancient capital of Kingdom of Cambodia under the name of Vyadhapura and pace at the confluence of Mekong and Stun Sla Ku. This is now home to perfect archeological treasures like sculptures and stones star shaped called stela.


Phnom Da is famous for his caves, the mud tower and the all sought Ashram Maha Rosei, made in long standing stone and celebrated as a model of architectural ingenuity made out of interior monk housing units blending in the exterior wall.


Udong is the former capital of Royal Cambodia in 17th century from 1740 to 1746.

 


Udong is now a perfect example of a sprawling royal city, but also a royal necropolis gathering the funerary temples of kings that offered to Cambodia a chance of survival in the country darkest times.


Udong is the proof of the resilience and endurance of Khmer spirit in time of peril and dangers.


The project ONES VILLAGE/ONES PRODUCT designed to promote social fair tourism, to sustain rural production and to bring about the rebirth of traditional craftsmanship created and promoted by H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Cambodia , is a perfect way of sharing revenue, growing income and supporting marginal and rural communities development.


The way in which social-tourism has become the base for local economic development, for empowerment of remote community and supporting educational and vocational projects benefiting the communities, makes social-fair tourism, the lesson that today-the KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA is offering to the world.


• The ongoing development and protection of cultural, religious and historical shrines of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the transformation of Angkor Region into a historical and spiritual center, offering to the visitors a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of peoples of Cambodia.


Angkor must be the world center of religious pilgrimage and cultural tourism offering to world tourists the complex healing experience of cultural legacy, religious special atmosphere and faith imbued air.


• The preservation of outstanding historical and cultural heritage in the form of the former capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Angkor cultural complex, an ample palatial complex from the 9th Century, offering an incredible sense of magnificence of one of the Asia greatest empire.



The sacred mountain of Udong-Cambodia


 

• Today, Cambodia offers tourists bound for the country a rich and perfect open air collection with a rare presence of historical and archaeological treasures that educate and enrich the world.


• The KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA is also a perfect center for river trips and adventure tourism, offering large areas suitable for this special kind of tourism, and the necessary infrastructure to welcome the adventure seeker, its safety and peace, makes the country, one of the world’s top adventure river destinations that make the KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA as a perfect cultural class destination.

 


In the speech conclusions, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA,FINS, ETA proposed CAMBODIA as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 and as receiver of the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION distinction for 2016.

AMBASSADORS ARE PRESENTING THEIR CREDENTIALS TO ECTT PRESIDENT-ANTON CARAGEA

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on May 31, 2016 at 6:50 AM

DENMARK AMBASSADOR STARTS HIS MISSION



President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Denmark Ambassador


On 26 February 2016, Ambassador of Kingdom of Denmark- H.E. Karsten Vagn Nielsen had started his mission to European Council on Tourism and Trade with a meeting with Council President - Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea open the dialogue by underlining the friendly interest towards the recent evolution`s in Denmark, evolutions that are consolidating Denmark economic development and are creating a perfect opportunity for Danish business people and enterprises in manifesting a real interest for the prospects offered by European tourism and trade. 


Ambassador Karsten Vagn Nielsen took the opportunity to emphasize on the new projects developed in tourism by Danish companies.


The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future.


The discussion led the foundations of continuing the dialogue and putting a more energetic outlook in the relations between European Council on Tourism and Trade and Kingdom of Denmark.


MALAYSIAN AMBASSADOR RECEIVED WITH FRIEDSHIP 




President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Malaysia Ambassador


On March 11, 2016, the taking office protocol and presentation meeting between Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and H.E. Tajul Aman Mohammad, Ambassador of Malaysia had taken place.


Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea express his heart felted congratulation on the occasion of beginning of mandate of Mr. Tajul Aman Mohammad, appreciating that Romanian and Malaysia are enjoying a long and productive history of cultural, economic and political cooperation and a large area of dialogue, destined to be conducive to a good understanding between the two nations.

 


The Europe- Malaysia cooperation has the ability to become an example of building an economic and cultural exchange area between East Asia and ECTT, remarked Professor Anton Caragea.


Now it is an auspicious moment to enliven the diplomatic dialogue and friendship between European tourism organization and Malaysia, as we are witnessing the political and economic will for such an improvement.


H.E. Tajul Aman Mohammad remarked with satisfaction and appreciation the encouragement`s offered by Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea and had stated that: the wish and desire for an economic, politic and cultural special friendship between Malaysia and European Council on Tourism and Trade is a common shared vision.



The dialogue had continued on concrete themes for economic actions such as: cooperating on tourism and trade in the framework offered by European Council on Tourism and Trade decisions, in order to promote bilateral tourism and investments related to tourism sector.



CULTURAL  AND HERITAGE PROTECTION TABLED AT MEETING WITH IRAQ AMBASSADOR




President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Iraq Ambassador


Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and H.E. Hussain Taha Hassan SINJARI – Ambassador of Iraq to Romania held a round of consultation on April 19, 2016.


Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea express his heartily congratulation for the activities and results achieved in the last span of time, in the bilateral relation between ECTT and Iraq, and highlighted the fact that: between Europe and Iraq we can observe a large area of common interests , designed to forge a good understanding between the two nations.


Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea pledged his continous support in developing thecultural and heritage support scheme for Iraq and stated that the vision of developing and fostering new tourism,  economic, politic and cultural relations between the two nations is a shared vision.

 


The consultations had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future.


Especially important was the common analysis of the region problems and evolutions and the shared vision in a Middle East free of terrorism, living in peace and development, a vision that drive`s Iraq and ECTT towards cooperation with a mutual goal: protection of cultural legacy.


 

KOREA: A PERFECT WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION CANDIDATE



President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Republic of Korea Ambassador

(South Korea)


On May 4 2016, the taking office protocol meeting, between Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and H.E. Kim Eun-joong, Ambassador of Republic of Korea, had taken place.


In the beginning of the meeting Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea express his heartfelt congratulations, on the occasion of beginning of mandate of H.E. Kim Eun-joong, marking a new beginning in the bilateral strategic relation.

In his speech, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had appreciated that European Council on Tourism and Trade and Korea share a common history and tradition and powerful tourism connection.

Korea andEuropean Council on Tourism and Trade are also enjoying a strong and stable economic relation, an open, sustained and substantial political dialogue and a common sentiment of brotherhood in promoting world culture.


All this are elements that could serve as a bridge of good understanding between the two nations.


The European Council on Tourism and Trade-Korea strategic friendship must be an example of constructing strong relations between Europe and Pacific area.


H.E. Kim Eun-joong had expressed his appreciation for the encouragement`s offered by Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea and had stated that the vision of an economic, politic and cultural special relationship, between European Council on Tourism and Trade and Korea, is an equally shared vision.


The dialogue between the European and Korean officials had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering and enriching this dialogue on to the future.

10-11 JUNE 2016: EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE GENERAL MEETING

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on May 31, 2016 at 6:30 AM

European Council on Tourism and Trade will held his regular yearly meeting between 10 and 11 june 2016.


The summit will bring together all tourism leaders and stakeholders from the whole region to discuss and push forward an agenda for regional collaboration in tourism as a key sector for coming out of the economic crisis and enhancement of competitiveness of each country and the whole region.




 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea is signing the European Council on Tourism and Trade meeting call

 

 


Invitees are tourism related Ministers/Ministries, Embassies, National Tourism Organizations, Associations, leading businesses and donors.


On the occasion of the tourism organization assembly will be tabled: increased regional cooperation, visa facilitation and the better promotion of European tourism.


These are some of the topics in focus at the 9th Meeting of the European Tourism organization-ECTT to be held in Bucharest, Romania, 10-11 June 2016.


Europe is the world’s most visited region and is the main source of outbound tourism to other destination, accounting for more than half of the world’s international travelers.



 

The luxurious and world renowned Palace of Parliament is preparing to host European Tourism Organization meeting.


In 2014, international tourism in Europe had registered a major contribution to the economic recovery in the region: international tourist arrivals grew by 3% to reach a record 584 million, while international tourism receipts increased by 4% contributing US$ 509 billion (383 billion euro) to the European economies.




 

European tourism delegates will partake in a week-end of discovery of the Babadag Lake region and Enisala (art and strategic medieval fortification).


 

The 9th Meeting of the European Tourism organization-European Council on Tourism and Trade will be held at the Romanian parliament.



ROYAL HOTEL will host the european tourism delegates in full comfort and leisure.

 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President Director general of IRICE and President-elect of European Tourism will play host to representatives from 28 European countries and other tourism stakeholders in the region to discuss policy priorities and set the agenda for European and world tourism in 2016-2017.


European tourism leaders will tour also the only recommended hotels for diplomatic events in Bucharest: Mariott Hotel and Royal Hotel.


On 12 and 13 June 2016, the delegates will be invited to a familiarization trip in Lake District of Romania and will visit the famous Enisala fortress in Dobrogea having thus the opportunity to discover Romanian touristic landscapes.


The main priorities for European tourism identified by the European national tourism organizations will include the development of cultural destinations and carving transnational products, in order to enhance regional and inter-nations travel cooperation, declared President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA GIVES THE SIGNAL FOR 2016 WORLD DAY FOR PROTECTED AREAS AND NATURAL PARKS

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on March 8, 2016 at 4:45 AM

On March 7, 2016, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in his capacity as Ambassador for World Protected Areas has given the lunching impetus for 2016 celebrations of INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WORLD PROTECTED AREAS AND NATURAL PARKS.


 

The ceremonies will take place on 18 March 2016 at European Council on Tourism and Trade headquarter, under the patronage of ECTT President-Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


8 March is the World National Parks and Protected Areas Day and is designated, as a day to emphasize the importance of a sustainable future where people can live harmonized with a nature.

 


This year ceremony will be themed on ETHIOPIA-the official WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015 and will present the country outstanding efforts of protecting the natural biodiversity and natural areas such as: Bale Mountains National Park, Semien Mountains National Park, Harar Wildlife Sanctuary etc.

 


An exhibition of photos and 3D images was also inaugurated on 7 March 2016, in line with the celebration.

 


President Dr. Anton Caragea visited the exhibition ground while mingling with the staff.

 


The European Council on Tourism and Trade President will plant a sapling in Danube delta natural reservation. A number of books written on the environment by members and staffers of European Tourism Academy will be presented on this occasion.

 


In 2014 the ceremonies for World Protected Areas and Natural Parks highlighted Laos outstanding potential as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

 


In 2015 the ceremonies concentrated on Zimbabwe remarkable conservation efforts as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

 


In 2016 the celebrations will be focused on Ethiopian potential and unique natural patrimony.


H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, ECTT President and Ambassador of Kingdom of Denmark-Karsten Vaghn Nielsen united on natural preservation and tourism awearness.


 

Understanding the importance of "World Protected Areas and Natural Parks Day"

 


 To promote researches and monitoring about National Parks and Protected Areas

 


 To provide more opportunities to people who want to experience natures through more chances related to ecotourism and recreations in National Parks

 


 To raise the awareness of international communities on the value and significant implications of National Parks and Protected Areas

 


 To share best practices and experiences about National Parks and Protected Areas

 


 To offer prizes and recognition to countries and managers/and experts who contribute to successful management of national parks and protected areas.

AMBASSADORS MEETING FOR FIRST WORLD TOURISM SEANCE IN 2016

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on February 9, 2016 at 4:50 AM

The World Ambassadors Meeting and Working Lunch on Tourism and Hospitality has taken place on 9th of February 2016 at the world tourism institution headquarters of European Council on Tourism and Trade.


 


 

European Council on Tourism and Trade President-Dr. Anton Caragea receives accredited ambassadors for World Ambassadors Meeting and Working Lunch on 9 February 2016.


 

The first ambassadorial meeting on tourism reunited European members states parliamentarians, representatives of European tourism organizations and members of the diplomatic corps.


 

The World Ambassadors Working Lunch on Tourism was generously hosted by the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) and has benefited the presence of the ECTT President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


 

Bolivarian Ambassador of Venezuela (photo up) and United States Charge d`affairs are expresing their gratitude towards European Council on Tourism and Trade role as a leading world tourism institution (photo down). 

 





 

The Diplomatic corps gathering, is taken place on an annual basis and is representing a great opportunity for networking and also for keeping the Embassies informed on what the World Lectures on Sustainable Development Goals Programs of European Tourism Academy will try to achieve during the year and also to provide an outlook for the coming year 2016 in terms of tourism in Europe and the world.


 

The event received a very high representation of accredited diplomatic corps, parliament representatives, European Tourism Academy, European Council on Tourism and Trade.

 


On this occasion Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had officially entrusted insignias and diplomas for the representative of the hospitality industry of Europe and recognized ROYAL HOTELS in Bucharest and Constanta as official diplomatic partners and entrusted the HIGH QUALITY PRIZES for the two hotels.

 


Other points of discussions included an update on International and European Tourism trends in 2015 and a presentation of a list of most successfully tourism driven economies in the last year (Ethiopia, Laos) and the latest publications emanating from European Tourism Academy members.

 


Academician Walter Mzembi-Minister of Tourism of Zimbabwe took the limelight, with his articles and interviews series on combating tourism and mass media manipulation in tourism industry.

 


Ambassadors from United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Syria, Macedonia, Albania, South Africa, Venezuela, Nigeria, Danemark, Sweden had taken the floor highlighting their countries plans for tourism development and hopes pinned on winning World Best Tourist Destination Award or World Capital of Culture and Tourism designations.

 


The names of the ambassadors who will be invited for Spring 2016 DISCOVER EUROPE PROGRAM will be announced in March 2016 and the trip will start in April and will showcase Republic of Moldavia beauties announced European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


The meeting concluded with an introduction of the main activities of the diplomatic calendar for the first quarter of 2016, a presentation on the upcoming February 2016 Tourism Fair and International food and Beverage Exhibition-Goodwine April 2016.

 


The photos from World Ambassadors Meeting and Working Lunch on Tourism can be observed here:

WORLD TOURISM AND CULTURE AWARD COMPETITION FOR 2016 IS LAUNCHED

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on December 16, 2015 at 2:40 PM

 

The ECTT Awards for tourism and cultural achievements are crowning, since 2008, the countries and nations excellence and investment in the tourism sector, putting under the world limelight the exceptional leadership and nation prowess in the framework of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD and the category of FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION and marking out outstanding cultural and investment tourism projects.




Starting their creation from 2006, the European Council on Tourism and Trade Awards have recognised nations and peoples strides for their innovative and determined tourism initiatives.


The contribution of the nations and leaders receiving world tourism and travel prizes is in line with ECTT guidelines for World Capital of Culture and Tourism and World Best Tourist Destination Award.

 


For the tenth consecutive time, the ECTT-European Council on Tourism and Trade Awards will recognize the tourism potentials of the most attractive tourist and cultural destinations.




President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea participated in the inauguration ceremony of the first edition of the Embassy Tourism Festival -World Best Tourist Destination at the “Romanian Athenaeum ” Opera and Musical Theatre.

 


President Dr. Anton Caragea and Academician Mircea Constantinescu are opening the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM competitions.

  


This event has taken place on December 15, 2015 and has marked the opening of the international contests for WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM for 2016.

 


Held under the patronage of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, the World Best Tourist Destination -Embassy Tourism Festival is an element of novelty in the European cultural space, consisting in a series of projects meant to promote the cultural diversity of the countries that outlined candidatures to World Best Tourist Destination, under the “Open your culture” slogan. 




Peoples Republic of China present`s his national treasures for World Best Tourism Destination.

 


The inauguration ceremony, started with the message of the European Council on Tourism and Trade President, who highlighted the potential of the European culture, and the contribution of such public and cultural diplomacy initiatives to the dialogue between cultures, between generations, between the diplomatic community and civil society.



World Tourism, Travel and Cultural Awards Festival presents 54 countries candidatures for World Best Tourism Destination and World Capital of Culture and Tourism in 2016.


 

President Dr. Anton Caragea expressed satisfaction that the World Best Tourism Destination-Embassy Festival takes place concurrently with the Annual Meeting of the European Tourism and is marking lavishly the start of World Best Tourist Destination competition. 



Korean dances capture the imaginations of the world public.

 

The celebration continued with a music and theater a new mixture of archaic music and contemporary dance. 



 Korean fan dances are highly appreciated by H.E. President ECTT Anton Caragea


 

World Best Tourism Destination -Embassy Tourism Festival will continue until 5 February 2016, having a diverse agenda and over 50 embassies, cultural institutes and international organizations as participants, representing 6 continents.


Further readings are available here:


WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD  


WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD IS BRINGING PROSPERITY, INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on August 29, 2015 at 5:15 AM

The status of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION continues to add value and dramatically improve tourism recipes, draw international investors and bring development and economic prowess.

The latest countries to register the benefits of tourism related development, are Zimbabwe and Laos, nations that top the world tourism growth in the last years.



President Robert Gabriel Mugabe of Zimbabwe is expressing his gratitude for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION status for his country.



Zimbabwe tourism has registered an outstanding change of fortune after being selected WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2014 by the world tourism institution-European Council on Tourism and Trade.


We have registered an increase in annual earnings to $1,5 billion after an improvement in international sentiment, said. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, chief executive Karikoga Kaseke.


This is coming from tourism bringing only $827 million to the state revenues which is almost an 80% increase in tourism related revenues.


Visitors are flocking to Victoria Falls in record numbers, after the visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade President and his retinue and this is a sure sign that Zimbabwe tourism is turning a corner, an industry leader says.




 

President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and his retinue visiting Victoria Falls, now the center of tourism rebirth of Zimbabwe.


Latest figures reveal hotel occupancy rates at Victoria Falls are hitting an all time high, sitting at 77.6 per cent last month, compared to 62.6 per cent during August last year.


Ross Kennedy said the boom in tourists had impacted across all sectors, from 2 star to 5 star accommodation, and big hotels to exclusive boutique properties.


Most performance benchmarks, including revenue earned and visitor numbers, had been smashed during the month of August.


The figures are based on industry data across ten Victoria Falls hotels, including the Elephant Hills Hotel, Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Hotel and the A’Zambezi.


Bookings for 2014 and 2015 were very healthy and the number of different countries where visitors are coming from is steadily growing, further enhancing demand and reputation, he said.


The data showed most visitors to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge were from the United States, followed by Australia, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. “It all adds up to a bright picture ahead,” Mr Kennedy said.


“In comparison to current world tourism trends, these statistics are simply staggering, and a powerful reminder of the positive impact that a strong tourism industry can have on an economy.”




Laos has become WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013-Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and President Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


After being elected WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013 and Favorite Cultural Destination in 2013 Laos has become a beacon of tourism in the Indochina region.


Already 40 hotels, including five international chains, are scheduled to open in Laos over the next five years as the country becomes a more popular tourist destination.


Yang Fu Ning, general manager of Don Chan Palace, a luxury hotel in Vientiane, said international brands Ramada, InterContinental, Crown Plaza, Sofitel and Marriott were set to open hotels in the capital by 2019.

Three global brands – Mercure, Ibis and Best Western – have already opened their doors in Vientiane, and one regional brand has entered the World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang to cash in the World Best Tourist Destination status of the country.


Furthermore, 25-30 three- and four-star hotels are set to open in the capital, with some in other tourist cities.


In the first year after receiving World`s Favorite Cultural Destination ” we registered 3.7 million arrivals last year, generating income of US$600 million.


The government aims for 3.9 million tourists this year. The number of arrivals should reach 10 million within five years but we need another success in WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION to consolidate our status.



Celebrating LAOS – WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013

 


The number of American and European tourists has significantly increased in recent years.


Currently, seven foreign airlines, including Thai Airways International, AirAsia and Bangkok Airways, and two local carriers are operating in and out Laos. Some of these airlines run charter flights during high season.


Two years ago, the European Council on Tourism and Trade named Laos the “World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2013”, which put the country on the global tourism map especially for its rich history, culture, traditions and natural beauty.

PRIME MINISTER HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN OFFICIALLY ACCEPTED AS THE MOST RECENT MEMBER OF EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on July 31, 2015 at 4:20 AM

On 10th July 2015, in an official ceremony, Academician Mircea Constantinescu-Director of European Tourism Academy, had presented H.E. Prime Minister of Ethiopia-Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn with the insignia of honor and the certificate of honorary member of the academy.


In recognition of his contribution to the development of Ethiopian tourism, we are proud to hand over The Medal Of Honor to his Excellency Hailemariam, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and to recognize him as the newest academician member of the European Tourism Academy. this is the way in which Academician Mircea Constantinescu announced the acceptance of the newest meber of European Academy.




 

 

 

H.E. Prime Minister of Ethiopia-Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn presented with the insignia of honor and the certificate of honorary member of the academy.


 

The decision was taken on 25 June 2015 by the Academic Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade and announced in an official letter as a result of: Government of Ethiopia recognizing the importance of tourism as a key facilitator for the country development and international promotion, creating exemplary structures like Tourism Transformation Council, investing in infrastructure and capacity building, creating a special team under Your Excellency leadership for destination promotion and management and protecting the cultural, natural and historical patrimony of the country.


The full text of the admission in an academic institution is called laudation (from latin word-presentation) and we have the pleasure of presenting you with the text of laudation by Academician Mircea Constantinescu for H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn-Prime Minister of F.D.R of Ethiopia.

 


Mr. Prime Minister,

Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,

We are here to award to H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia the title of Honorary Member of European Tourism Academy.

 


Analyzing the curriculum vitae along with the activity of the Prime Minister Hailemariam we discover a complex person, a man of many talents, entirely dedicated to the development of his country, to the well being of the people of Ethiopia, dedicated to building a favorable image of Ethiopia in the midst of the international community.

 


His bachelor's degree in civil engineering, from Addis Ababa University, was fundamental for building a solid scientific education, giving him access to a high level knowledge and expertise.


The master degree, with Tampere University of Technology in Finland, gave him an European and international perspective upon the transfer of knowledge, expertise and technology.

Upon his return to Ethiopia, he served in different academic and administrative  capacities, including the dean of the Water Technology Institute, for 13 years.


 

H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn loves his country and the people of Ethiopia. He learned how important the water resources are for a country, how important the expert management of such a vital resource is for the well being and the successful development of Ethiopia.


But for him it was not enough. He wanted more…He wanted to acquire knowledge of scientific management of the country, of its human resources and natural resources as well.


And he acquired all this, earning a MA in Organizational Leadership in California, from the best…

 

 

 



Academician Mircea Constantinescu, Minister of Culture and Tourism-Amin Abdulkadir,President Dr. Anton Caragea and European Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei proudly presents ETHIOPIA-WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION logo

 

 


We will not analyze here the political activity of H.E., but taking actively part in the political life of his country, it gave him the opportunity to work with people of Ethiopia, to be in the middle of Ethiopia’s people, to efficiently communicate, and being able to implement at the high level management of the country activities, reflecting the reality of Ethiopia and the wishes of Ethiopian people.


 

His activity as Minister of Foreign Affairs was indeed a success. As a diplomat he presented to the world the image of a peaceful country, of many resources and beauties, with people that praise hospitality, open in a friendly manner to the international community.


 

There is no wonder that with all these credentials His Execellency was able to excellently perform as Prime Minister, running an activity at the top level, for the benefit of Ethiopia and Ethiopian people.


In the country’s general framework, tourism is a complex activity, and His Execellency understood that tourism is not only for tourists to enjoy the natural beauties and the cultural heritage of Ethiopia. Tourism is for also the people of Ethiopia, is for the development of the local communities, so that everyone will be able to enjoy all that a beautiful and resourceful country may offer.


 

As a final remark, His Execellency is working for many years at the highest level of the African Union, was able to have a general overview, as well as a personal contribution, to the most important African institution, bringing together people and countries, managing the trend for ever growing development and international recognition of the African continent.


 

 

In recognition of his contribution to the development of Ethiopian tourism, we are proud to hand over The Medal Of Honor to his Excellency Hailemariam, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and to recognize him as the newest academician member of the European Tourism Academy.

ETHIOPIA IS ELECTED AS WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on July 4, 2015 at 2:40 PM

On June 25, 2015 the General Assembly of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT), has taken under consideration the list of candidates for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2015.


Academician Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy presented the list of candidates and the list of reports and accompanying reports for each of the 31 countries registered candidatures.



28 countries representatives analyzed the candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015 


Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu presented also the figures regarding previous award winner for 2014-The Republic of Zimbabwe who become the most sought after destination and the number one country in Africa, in term of tourism growth for last year.


Lao PDR- 2013 winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION- also crossed the 3 million tourist bench mark, surpassing all the countries in the region in terms of tourism, concluded Academician Mircea Constantinescu.


Afterword, the debate on the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 started at the indication of ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


On the front the voting urne while Professor Dr. Anton Caragea MA, FINS, ETA present the report: ETHIOPIA: THE LAND CHOSEN BY GOD! 


On the debate for the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2015, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) presented a report titled: ETHIOPIA : THE PERFECT CULTURAL DESTINATION; THE LAND CHOSEN BY GOD !


He proposed ETHIOPIA as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 and as receiver of the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION distinction for 2015.


The report noted the reasons for awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 PRIZE to ETHIOPIA:


• The excellent preservation of humanity landmarks such as: ruins of the city of Aksum- the heart of ancient Ethiopia, Fasil Ghebbi- the residence of the Ethiopian emperors during the 16th and 17th century, Harar Jugol- 82 mosques, 102 shrines, and unique interior design in the townhouses, Lalibela- holy site encompassing eleven medieval stone carved churches from the 13th century, Konso Cultural Landscape (containing 55 kilometers of stonewalled terraces and fortified settlements), Lower Valley of the Awash-where humanity made his first steps and where was found the Eva of all mankind-Lucy fossil’s, Lower Valley of the Omo also containing fragments pertaining to early humanity development and the fossils of Homo Gracilis.


All this sites where recognized as being of world significance and registered as UNESCO World heritage monuments.


Palestine, Russian and Malaysian Ambassadors flanking President Anton Caragea and Senator Florin Constantinescu


• The rich cultural and historical legacy of Ethiopia is not confined to the previous presented list: new prominent landmarks are added such as: Sheik Hussein Religious, Cultural and Historical Site, Melka Kunture- Paleolithic site in the upper Awash Valley, Gedeo Cultural and Natural Landscape, Bale Mountains National Park, Sof Omar Cave- the longest cave in Ethiopia at 15.1 kilometres long; and the longest system of caves in Africa-sacred for Islam and for local Oromo population.


In order to fully grasp the natural potential of Ethiopia natural parks and natural reservations we must look at the potential of Simien National Park garnering mountain peaks, deep valleys, and sharp precipices dropping about 1,500 m.

 


• The ambitious plan drafted by the Government of Ethiopia under the name of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). Tourism as a tool for poverty eradication, for local community development and for economic independence is a successful strategy carved by H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.


Community based, social oriented tourism, promoted by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, is a perfect way of sharing revenue, growing income and supporting marginal and rural communities development.


The way in which social-tourism has become the base for local economic development, providing benefits to communities, makes social-friendly tourism, the lesson that today-the REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA is offering to the world.

• Giving tourists access to outstanding and pristine nature and the opportunity to explore nature, to contribute to ecological preservation, and the opportunity to visit extraordinary places.


All these regions and national parks, are a model of achieving ecological and green tourism that must be recognized throughout the world.


• The ongoing development and protection of cultural, religious and historical shrines of the Republic of ETHIOPIA , the transformation of Lalibela into a historical and spiritual centre, offering to the visitors a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of peoples of ETHIOPIA.


Shaking and smiles on the venue of European Council on Tourism and Trade: tourism is going well is the motto!


Lalibela is the land of faith and miracles that must be presented to the world as a center of religious and faith significance equal to Jerusalem only in the world.


Lalibela must be the center of religious pilgrimage and cultural tourism offering to world tourists the complex healing experience of cultural legacy, religious special atmosphere and faith imbued air.


• The preservation of outstanding historical and cultural heritage in the form of the former capital of the Kingdom of Ethiopia, the Gondar cultural complex , an ample palatial complex from the 13th Century, offering a pungent presence of one of the African greatest empire.


• Today, Gondar castle complex offers tourists bound for Ethiopia an open air museum with a rare collection of historical and archaeological treasures that educate and enrich the world.


• The REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA is also a perfect center for safari and adventure tourism, offering large areas suitable for this special kind of tourism, and the necessary infrastructure to welcome the adventure seeker, its safety and peace, makes the country, one of the world’s top adventure destinations.


• Keeping alive community blending traditions, allows tourists and visitors to be part of the ETHIOPIA unique people’s ethnic fabric, which offers the possibility for an enriching cultural experience, are all achievements that make the REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA a perfect cultural class destination.


Mr. Mihai Prundianu, Chairman of the Trade Mission of the ECTT, marked the necessity that, out of the regular order, to have another African country declared as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION in sign of continuity for last year and as appreciation mark for President Robert Gabriel Mugabe , the current President of African Union and Zimbabwe Tourism Minister-Walter Mzembi.


This year we have to select another African country to mark Europe and world solidarity with Africa and Africa`s Union President Robert Mugabe.


It is appropriate for Europe to express its commitment to, and appreciation for, Africa by crowning ETHIOPIA as THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION AND WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 stated Chairman Mihai Prundianu.


Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, Director of European Parliamentary Committee in the European Council on Tourism and Trade and Senator of Romanian Parliament stated the opinion of all present at ECTT conference and declared that the REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA is the deserving candidate, with a perfect record of promoting social-friendly tourism, ecological and poverty reduction strategy based on tourism, and asking for a unanimous vote in favor of the REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA.



President Dr. Anton Caragea  declared REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015  


President Dr. Anton Caragea asked for a vote and European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unanimously, to award WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 TITLE TO REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA and to declare REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA- THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in 2015.


The meeting was also presented with the Official Invitation, from the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of the REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA via the Minister of Culture and Tourism Mr. Amin Abdulkadir, for a delegation of high ranking officials of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, to present the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in Addis Ababa, in person, to His Excellency Prime Minister of REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA- HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN, European Academician and outstanding personality in world tourism, today.


Concluding the debate, Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade marked the importance of the moment the most impressive world tourism prize was entrusted to ETHIOPIA.


The safety of the country and the huge hospitality potential of Ethiopia is revealed by the acceptance of the invitation for a familiarization visit of high ranking members of European Council on Tourism and Trade to the ETHIOPIA.


Ethiopia is from today a perfect, safe and outstanding place to visit, the countries gates are opened and all world tourism experts expressed their confidence in the potential and future of tourism in ETHIOPIA, concluded Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade.


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TRADE (ECTT)

 

PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA SIGNS THE CONVOCATION ADDRESS FOR 2015 EUROPEAN TOURISM ASSEMBLY

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Increased regional cooperation, visa facilitation and the better promotion of European tourism are some of the topics, in focus, at the 8th Meeting of the European Tourism organization-European Council on Tourism and Trade, to be held in Bucharest, Romania, 25-26 June 2015.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea publicly signs the convocation address for 2015 General Reunion of European Council on Tourism and Trade


 

Europe is the world’s most visited region and is the main source of outbound tourism to other destination, accounting for more than half of the world’s international travelers.

 


In 2014, international tourism in Europe had registered a major contribution to the economic recovery in the region: international tourist arrivals grew by 3% to reach a record 584 million, while international tourism receipts increased by 4% contributing US$ 509 billion (383 billion euro) to the European economies.

 


The 8th Meeting of the European Council on Tourism and Trade will be held at the Romanian Parliament and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade will play host to representatives from 30 European countries and other tourism stakeholders in the region to discuss policy priorities and set the agenda for ECTT in the world in 2015-2016.

 


A special attention will be paid to one of the fastest-growing segments of the global tourism industry, mega events like WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and World Capital of Culture and Tourism.


 

This paraphernalia designation can play a key role in the development of tourism destinations, helping to improve their image, opening new tourism markets, diversifying the product offer, encouraging and fostering job creation and socio-economic development.

 



ECTT President-Dr. Anton Caragea welcoming his guets on 2014 General Meeting of European Council on Tourism and Trade


 

The European leaders in charge of tourism and the international experts will discuss about issues related to WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION status:


 

How to optimize the economic and social impacts of mega tourism events (like WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and World Capital of Culture and Tourism) on tourism destinations?

 


Legacy of mega tourism events- like WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION: How to best develop destination brands and effective marketing strategies?

 


Strategic partnerships for the effective planning and development of like WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION-mega events.

 


The main priorities for European tourism identified by the European national tourism organizations include the development of cultural destinations and carving transnational products, in order to enhance regional cooperation declared European Tourism President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


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