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2017 WORLD TOURISM AWARDS LINE UP CANDIDATURES FROM 60 COUNTRIES, CITIES AND REGIONS IN THE FIRST DAY

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on January 20, 2017 at 3:30 PM

The 2017 World Tourism Awards are designed to reward those succeeding within one of the world’s most relevant and important world industries.

 

World Tourism Institution ECTT awards will seek to showcase the best of the best from nations, cities and regions world wide capable of providing a unique, culture based and perfect experience away from home from the travelers of the world.


 

From 2 January 2017, the world tourism institution of European Council on Tourism and Trade, had started to officially register the countries and cities candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for countries and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM for cities desirous to become international hubs for tourism.

 

The ECTT Awards for tourism and cultural achievements are the annual celebration that awards the best in tourism industry crowning, since 2006, 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.

 


The ceremony started with the unveiling of the logo for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD IN 2017.


 

Starting their creation from 2006, the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) Awards have recognised nations and people’s 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.



On the same occasion, the unveiling of the logo for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2017 had taken place.



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.


  

Diplomatic corps accredited to European Council on Tourism and Trade and foreign delegations attending the opening ceremony for 2017 WORLD TOURISM AWARDS. 

 


President – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea participated in the opening ceremony for World Tourism Awards for 2017.

  

President Dr. Anton Caragea and European Council on Tourism and Trade President Office staff had given the starting signal for what is internationally known as Nobel`s or Oscar`s of tourism: the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM competitions.

 

This event has taken place on January 2, 2016 and has marked the opening of the international contests for WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION AWARD and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM for 2017.


Held under the patronage of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, the World Best Tourist Destination – Tourism Festival is an element of novelty in the world 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 to The World” slogan.


  

Arab Embassies are highlighting the Coffee, Tea and Sweets as national treasures and arguments for World Best Tourism Destination designation. 

 

The inauguration ceremony, started with the message of the European Council on Tourism and Trade President, who highlighted the potential of the world 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 presented 56 countries, cities and regions candidatures for World Best Tourism Destination and World Capital of Culture and Tourism in 2017 (four more cities presented their candidature during the second day to Academician Mircea Constantinescu raising the total to 60 candidate countries cities and regions).

 

President Dr. Anton Caragea expressed satisfaction that the World Best Tourism Destination-Embassy Festival takes place concurrently with the New Year 2017 ceremonies and announced 2017 as the YEAR OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND NATURAL AREAS PROTECTION by this way marking lavishly the start of World Best Tourist Destination/World Capital of Culture and Tourism competitions.



Food Festival for 2017 Tourism “Oscar`s” presented national dishes from 56 countries candidates for World Tourism Awards and succeeded to capture the imaginations of the world public. 

 


The celebration continued with a presentation of national dishes and culinary traditions and hospitality and folk costumes, presenting the participants with a unique opportunity to taste and enjoy the world food as part of tourism development of today. 


Many ambassadors present on the venue to uphold their countries candidature`s emphasize the importance of food as a bridge toward friendship and understanding.

 

There is only a culture of understanding and friendship around food, stated President Anton Caragea opening the food section of WORLD TOURISM AWARDS. 



Asian food: from China to Vietnam and India on display for European Council on Tourism and Trade festivities. 


World Best Tourism Destination -Tourism Festival will continue until 5 January 2017, having a diverse agenda and over 50 embassies, cultural institutes and international organizations as participants, representing 5 continent`s.

 

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WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD


EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY -FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION

 

This year, different countries and cities interested in tourism development will participate in the World Tourism Awards.


The candidates will be chosen in an annual ceremony and world tourism event, in which world tourism institutions jurors, made of experts and national tourism leaders, from all over the world, will vote the best travel destinations.


These awards highlight the excellence in major and international tourism categories for countries and cities and are a consolidated brand which celebrates its eleven anniversary this year.


The winners acquire instant international prestige and recognition and nation country banding and are becoming an example for the world, supporting and advocating nation branding and positioning into the world community.



Venezuela`s Ambassador Victor Ramon Carazo welcomed by the leading team of European Council on Tourism and Trade

 

29 COUNTRIES REGISTERED CANDIDATURES FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 AND 14 CITIES ARE CONTENDERS FOR WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM TITLE

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on May 22, 2015 at 6:35 AM

WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD had become a center of international tourism recognition in the last span of time.


After obtaining the highest world tourism accolade in 2012, the nation island of Trinidad and Tobago becomes the only Caribbean nation that registered tourism increase in the region.

In 2013 People Democratic Republic of Laos registered a plus of over 1,5 million tourists in the first year and a 7% increase in GDP, due to mounting tourism revenues and Zimbabwe: the 2014 winner rose from zero to hero, in tourism statistics after snatching the world best tourism destination designation.




Band of mariachi interpreting Latin American songs for World Best Tourist Destination for 2015



This string of tourism success stories made 29 countries to start registering their candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in 2015 more early than ever.


Already countries from Central and South America had put forward their touristic potential with a mind blowing extravaganza at Intercontinental Hotel in Bucharest where eight Latin American and Caribbean countries outlined their touristic, artistic and cultural potential for European Council on Tourism and Trade election committee.



Algerian Ambassador presenting here country candidature for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015.

 

ECTT President Anton Caragea highly praised their demonstration as a perfect display of Latin American cultural and touristic prowess that will be seriously regarded by the prize committee.


African countries fallow rapidly with: Nigeria, Congo DRC and Algeria taking the leading role in outlining their candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION in 2015.



Palestine and Bethlehem candidatures for 2015 Tourism Awards presented. 


Middle Eastern countries have outlined also their fantastic touristic and cultural potential with: Turkey, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan in the vanguard of outlining their powerful cultural asset and explaining their security measures put in place to make tourism feel safe and secure and enjoy a well deserve vacation on sandy beaches of Sharm El Sheik or Alexandria of Egypt, discovering ancient cities of Petra and Jerash in Jordan or the Cappadocia coast in Turkey.


Egypt hopeful for his World Tourism Awards candidatures 


The Central Asian countries tourism potential is expecting to be discovered by the Kazakhstan candidature that is bringing the potential of Caspian Sea, the beauty of Astana-the XXI century capital of the country and the impressive historical legacy of Turkestan-candidate city to WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2015.


Kingodm of Jordan has high hopes in being elected as World Best Tourism Destination in 2015.


In total an initial number of 29 country early bird registered their candidatures, appreciated Mrs. Teodora Nicolae-press officer ECTT and we are expecting that by the end of January 2015, when we will close the registration process we will have even more candidatures.

 

Many contenders for the title opted to register their capitals or other landmark cities or regions for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2015, noted Mrs. Ioana Rosu, responsible for collecting the candidatures for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2015 cities, which is a first.




In total 14 cities and region`s from across the globe, aspire for the world famous designation.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had stated that: the evaluation process is already started and it is an ongoing research and decision activity.


We will have also countries that will be approach by us, to take part in the selection process, in order to obtain a balanced geographical distribution of the winners of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and we will consider as always where we can have the biggest impact in promoting a new destination like in Trinidad, in promoting rural and social tourism, like in Lao PDR or rebranding a country and reasserting it in the world tourism field like in Zimbabwe case.


We hope that we will have the same global impact and weight in promoting new emerging destination`s and in asserting cultural tourism role and importance. Culture and social benefits of tourism are encapsulated in our attention, concluded President Dr. Anton Caragea his evaluation of 2015 candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.


Let`s wish good luck to all the contenders!

 

ONE MILLION TOURIST`S ATTRACTED BY EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE TO TURKMENISTAN RIVIERA

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on April 13, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Amongst Central Asian nations Turkmenistan is making headway with Ashgabad becoming the first ever city recognized as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov named as Academician of European Tourism Academy and recognized as a World Leader in Tourism (2011).

 


With European Council on Tourism and Trade support and promotion Turkmenistan registered more than 1 million tourist`s per year.

 



ECTT President and Minister of Economy of Turkmenistan are holding regular consultation. 


Turkmenistan is also receiving on yearly basis since 2010 an European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation for a familiarization trip.

 


 ECTT President-Dr. Anton Caragea is surrounded by the Turkmenistan National Orchestra  


The tourism and cultural relations between Europe and Turkmenistan had entered into a new phase with the presence of the 5th European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) delegation in Turkmenistan.

 

The delegation toured Turkmenistan touristic facilities and hot spots in the framework of the annual ECTT visit during 6 to 12 April 2015.

 


Under the leadership of H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, the European tourism delegation had marked the continuous development of the tourism cooperation between Europe and Turkmenistan. 



 

ECTT delegation tours Konya-Urgench- a world cultural tourism site 


During the latest five cultural delegation` s European Council on Tourism and Trade has contributed with ideas and information’s to important tourism, cultural and academic events held in Turkmenistan under the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov supervision such as: Oguznama International Conference , Ethnography Congress of Turkmenistan , International Congress of the 15 Anniversary of Turkmenistan Neutrality , Turkmenistan in the Epoch of New Revival and finally the International Congress dedicated to life and work of world renamed Turkmen poet: Nurmuhammet Andalip.


 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation visited the world heritage UNESCO site of Kunya-Urgench where they participated at the festivity dedicated to the great Turkmen poet Nurmuhammet Andalip works and visited the world renowned monuments of Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Ahmad and famous Sufi philosopher Nedjmedin Kubra.

 


 


President Anton Caragea received by the President of Parliament of Turkmenistan

  

The European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation was received by Turkmen Parliament Presidency and hold talks at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy of Turkmenistan.

 

The parties had agreed on intensifying the bilateral relation, the tourism relation`s between Turkmenistan and European Council on Tourism and Trade being considered as excellent and was emphasized the need to foster economical cooperation dimension on bilateral relations.

 


During the dialogue with Turkmen authorities H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade was presented with the framework of State Committee for Tourism of Turkmenistan, who was established in 2012 and to the significance of the Committee for the Awaza National Tourist Zone.

 


 


Awaza tourist facilities created with European vision and Turkmenistan desire to become a touristic hot spot 


During next year (2016) visit to Turkmenistan H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade promised that the familiarization trip will concentrate on Awaza tourist potential and will direct an awareness campaign for this region.

 

Turkmenistan Minister of Foreign Affairs who hosted the European Council on Tourism and Trade familiarization trip to country express his appreciation for the long term support and commitment offered by European Council on Tourism and Trade for tourism activities in Turkmenistan and for promoting the high standing of the country in the world and for promoting Turkmenistan as a safe and cultural first class destination in the world.

ECTT PRESIDENT-PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA TOURS DOHA CULTURAL PATRIMONY

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on April 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM

The visit to the State of Qatar by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea paved the way for Qatar to be considered in the future amongst the nominees for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and for Doha-capital of Qatar, to be considered for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) was invited for an official inspection tour of the tourism facilities, cultural landmarks and recreation establishments of the State of Qatar.



 

Doha-capital of State of Qatar hopes to be a future World Capital of Culture and Tourism

 


On this occasion, President Anton Caragea had also attended the 11 Inter-confessional Dialogue Conference held in Doha.


During the conference works Professor Dr. Anton Caragea held a key note speech on the issues related to the role of youth in promoting interfaith dialogue and inter-religion understanding and chaired a round table on the ways and ideas to foster dialogue and inter-civilization dialogue.



 

Museum of Islamic Culture in Doha: a landmark of culture in the State of Qatar

 


On the occasion of his visit to the State of Qatar, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea held a number of meetings, destined to promote the mutual god understanding and the Qatar-ECTT cooperation.

 


During the meetings a dialogue was held with the management of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the State of Qatar where issues such as: economic opportunities offered by European market, investments in tourism industry of ECTT and other trade issues where discussed.



 

ECTT President-Professor Dr.Anton Caragea and Sheik Abdulaziz Thani Al-Thani.- Chairman of National Television of Qatar

 


An ample and far reaching dialogue was held with the Chairman of National Television of Qatar-Sheik Abdulaziz Thani Al-Thani. During the meeting where tabled issues such as: exchange of cultural programs, television productions, promoting the image of the State of Qatar in the European mass media and the opportunities to broadcast tourism related events held by European Council on Tourism and Trade end especially WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD on Qatar National Television.


The productive and extensive dialogue had continued at the headquarters of National News Agency of Qatar with General Director Mr. Ahmed Saad Alboainin.



 

ECTT President-Professor Dr.Anton Caragea and Mr. Ahmed Saad Alboainin-General Director of National News Agency of Qatar

 


Here where tabled, during the amicable dialogue, issues such as: information exchanges, naming a media representative of Qatar News Agency at European Council on Tourism and Trade , inviting ECTT journalists to Qatar, bilateral promotion of activities, promoting the Qatari news output in ECTT mass media and attending international events organized by Qatar News Agency.



 

Mosque Mohammed bin Abdulwahab

 


The visit to Qatar encompassed also an important cultural side: with visits to the Mosque Mohammed bin Abdulwahab and to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, an astonishing cultural establishment comprising a vast area of cultural artifacts, of real value, all in a futuristic display, putting the latest technique to the service of cultural and historical promotion in a truly unique arrangement, wordy of world appraisal.



 

Mosque Mohammed bin Abdulwahab (interior view)

 


The visit to the State of Qatar by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was a momentous occasion in developing a special bilateral relation of friendship and cooperation between European Council on Tourism and Trade and Qatar and paved the way for Qatar to be considered in the future amongst the nominees for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and for Doha-capital of Qatar, to be considered for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE PRESIDENT RECEIVES NEW CANDIDATURES FOR WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on February 8, 2014 at 6:10 AM

On 30 January 2014, the taking office protocol and presentation meeting between Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and Ambassador of Federal Republic of Nigeria had taken place.


Nigerian special envoy presents Abuja and Lagos candidature for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea express his heart felted congratulation on the occasion of beginning of mandate of new Nigerian ambassador , asserting that between European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) and Nigeria there is a long and positive history of touristic, cultural, economic and political cooperation and a large area of common interests , designed to forge a good understanding .


The ECTT- Nigeria relationship needs an overhaul and a rapid intensification in the field of tourism, economic and cultural exchange areas, creating a better perception of Nigeria in European tourism, remarked President Anton Caragea.


Now it is an auspicious moment for reconstructing and rebuilding the framework of dialogue and friendship between Europe and Nigeria and bolstering knowledge, information and the presence of Nigeria in tourism, mass media and diplomatic and economic community of European Union is of great importance for Nigeria concluded President-Professor Anton Caragea.


H.E. Okechuku Muoh, Nigerian envoy, had expressed his satisfaction and appreciation for the encouragement`s offered by President Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea and had stated that the vision of a tourism, economic, politic and cultural special relationship between Europe and Nigeria is a common shared vision.


This year is especially important for the image of Nigeria as the country wants to hold WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM prizes for Lagos or for present capital of Nigeria-Abuja.


Nigerian Ambassador presented afterwards the candidature file of Nigerian capital-Abuja to compete for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD and of Lagos-Nigerian economic capital for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM FOR 2014.


If we succeed to obtain this prize in 2014 this will be regarded as a symbol of Nigeria status in the world, concluded Ambassador


Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade accepted the candidature file and promised a full and complete review by European Council on Tourism and Trade.


President Anton Caragea expressed question marks regarding the troubles in Central Nigerian Plateau area and other hurdles in this road for tourism promotion and acceptance, but he accepted the idea of candidature in order to encourage Nigerian future in tourism industry.


The amicable discussion led the foundations of continuing the dialogue and fostering the relations between European Council on Tourism and Trade and Nigeria.

 

NAKHCHIVAN AUTONOMOUS REPUBLIC IS UNDER SCRUTINY DURING AN EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE VISIT

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on November 7, 2013 at 3:40 AM

The Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan was visited between 2 to 5 November 2013 by a high level European Council on Tourism and Trade lead by the Council President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.



ECTT President inaugurates the Ordubad City Museum.


The Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan is integral part of Republic of Azerbaijan and is favourable placed for receiving foreign tourists as is surrounded by Iran, Turkey and Armenia and could become a potential tourist hub in the region.


The European delegation visit to Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan was concentrated in analysing tourist facilities, road and communication and to explore the natural potential of Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan and also the cultural and historical patrimony of the outstanding region of Caucasus.



Duzdag Health and Therapy Center visited by ECTT delegation.


Amongst the highlights of the visit was the on the spot trip to the salt mine and health facilities of the Duzdag Health and Therapy Center recommended for treatment of a large area of long diseases.


In the amenities area also the delegation lead by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had visited the markets of the area and the facilities for producing world famous Ordubad jams.



Prophet Noah dedicated Shrine in Nakhchivan City.


In the cultural and historical leg of the journey the European delegation had embarked in a tour of city of Nakhchivan, a city with a 3.500 years history, a on the spot excursion to Prophet Noah Tomb, visiting Heydar Aliyev Palace in the city, carpet museum, a cruise to the ancient city of Ordubad, an incursion to the Nakhchivan Shah palace and to Ashabi-Khaf mosque and had observed a classical and opera spectacle offered by the Drama Theatre of Nakhchivan.


Among the cultural and archaeological patrimony of Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan praised by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea where nominated Momina Khatun Shrine and Huseyn Javid House Museum as land marks of a cultural trip to the region.


Also ECTT President Anton Caragea had congratulated the Nakhchivan Opera assembly that proved that high quality music and classical entertainment could be provided in any region if there is the will and the resources necessary.


Opera of Nakhchivan deserves all the plaudits and is a witness of the genius of Azeri people concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


The visit to Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan was the first visit of a European tourist delegation dedicated to analyses, assess and promote the tourist potential of this extraordinary region of Azerbaijan.

 

SUDAN CANDIDATURE FOR WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on July 14, 2013 at 6:30 AM

On 10 July 2013 the taking office protocol meeting between Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and Ambassador of Sudan had taken place.


Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea express his heartfealted congratulation on the occasion of beginning of mandate of a new Sudanese Ambassador appreciating that trade and tourism are the only tool that will allow Sudan to overcome present day isolation and economic difficulties and stated that the impressive archeological potential of Sudan is a testimony for the future of tourism in this country.


European Council on Tourism and Trade as the most important tourism promoter is playing a his crucial role in this direction and will try to support Sudanese efforts for tourism development, concluded Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade.


H.E. Ambassador Gasmalla Eltayeb expressed his total appreciation for the encouragement`s offered by President Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea and had stated that Sudanese efforts in tourism development have no greater friend in Europe than European Council on Tourism and Trade and his President-Professor Anton Caragea.


The Sudanese ambassador presented afterwards the candidature file of Sudanese capital-Khartoum to compete for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM AWARD.


If we succeed to obtain this prize in 2013 or 2014 it will be a symbol of African and Sudan renaissance concluded Ambassador Gasmalla Eltayeb.


Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade accepted the candidature file and promised a full and complete review by European Council on Tourism and Trade.


President Anton Caragea cautioned that Sudan had many obstacles in his road for tourism promotion and acceptance and maybe is not yet fully prepared but event the acceptance of his candidature file is a sign normality that ECTT is glad to offer.


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 for the benefit of peoples of Sudan.

 

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE ENDORSE DUBAI CANDIDATURE FOR WORLD EXPO 2020

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on May 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

On 4 April 2013, in the luxurious and impressive surroundings of Palace of Parliament, the Official Opening of the Exhibition DUBAI-CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO 2020 took place.


The exhibition organized by Embassy of United Arab Emirates in Romania and European Council on Tourism and Trade is destined to express Europe’s cultural and political elite support for Dubai candidature to host WORLD EXPO 2020 International exhibition.


The opening ceremony was held in the presence of President of European Council on Tourism and Trade-Profeessor dr. Anton Caragea and President of Romanian Parliament-Valeriu Stefan Zgonea.



Professor dr.Anton Caragea MA,FINS opening the support exhibition for Dubai`s bid for WORLD EXPO 2020.


Present on the venue where also : members of European Council on Tourism, representatives of Romanian Parliament and Romanian Government, members of Diplomatic Corp accredited to Romania and countless Romanian and foreign diplomat’s, academicians, personalities of culture and art etc.

In the opening speech, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) had underlined that DUBAI-CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO 2020 Art Exhibition is destined to offer the official support of Parliament and Government of Europe and Romania to the bilateral relationship between Europe and United Arab Emirates, viewed as a strategic relationship for the future of both nations.


″Dubai must and will be the host of EXPO 2020 as it have received more than 51 millions visitors last year and more than 10 million long term visitors have stayed in the city in 2012 alone. Also Dubai is the most dynamic city in the Arabic Golf, encompassing more than 200 nationalities and hosting over 200 events yearly. Dubai is the driving force of the region in term of economic development and is the symbol of geopolitical shift towards Asia as the main engine of economic growth. Dubai had also allocated the most generous resources for the venue of 2020 WORLD EXPO and is the natural center of the trade roads connecting South Asia, Europe and South America via Africa, in what is today called the XXI Century New Silk Road.


Electing Dubai is the practical thing to do for Romania and the world, is what the common sense dictate and the most successful choice″, concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea- President of European Council on Tourism and Trade(ECTT).



President of Chamber of Deputies-Valeriu Stefan Zgonea express his staunch support for a strategic relations: Romania-United Arab Emirates.


Taking the floor, President of Chamber of Deputies-Valeriu Stefan Zgonea had outlined the main reasons of support: ″ United Arab Emirates are the natural gateway for Romanian products, funds and people to the open gates of Asia and reciprocally Romania is via Constanta Harbour the natural gate for UAE products and investment towards Europe. This are create the background of a long term and strategic relations between our countries ″ concluded in thunderous applause the President of Chamber of Deputies.



Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei express the firm and unwavering support for Dubai:Host of WORLD EXPO 2020.


Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei-Director of European Council on Tourism and Trade had conveyed a full hearted message of support: ″Romania's decision to support the candidacy for EXPO 2020 of Dubai city is just one episode of this collaboration and friendship.

Between Europeand Romania and the United Arab Emirates there is a long tradition of over 25 years of diplomatic cooperation and there is a noteworthy decision to mutually support their applications and all international initiatives and international organizations.

Therefore the European Council on Tourism and Trade ’s decision to support the candidacy of Dubai city for EXPO 2020 was a natural decision, inscribed in the mutual agreements and part of the long tradition of diplomatic cooperation between the two countries.

Here we are united in support of the UAE, our strategic partner in the Arabian Gulf, both the government and the opposition support together Romanian’s national interest to cooperate with the United Arab Emirates.

Finally I want to wish every success in his mission to bring the two countries, to His Excellency, Mr. Yacoub Yousif Al Hosani, and UAE Ambassador to Romania and appreciate the contribution of Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade in making this special event and exhibition″

The speech of former. President of Romania Mr.Emil Constantinescu expressed the fact that: ″ it is no surprise that Dubai has won the support of Romania, a natural choice since Romania is interested in all three major objectives which Dubai Expo has proposed: sustainable development, energy and water saving, support the mobility of people, goods and ideas in what Dubai has called: The New Silk Road of the XXI century and the discovery of new economic opportunities and new development models.

Therefore I can only congratulate the Government and Parliament of Romania and Presidency of European Council on Tourism and Trade for the decision to support Dubai in achieving its ambitious goals for the World Expo. I also congratulate the UAE Embassy for their success ″.



Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu express the European view: only Dubai can host WORLD EXPO 2020.


Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy stated that: our institution and the European Tourism Academy are re-stating the same unconditional support for the bid of Dubai, to become the host of the World Expo 2020, and to confirm the idea that “Nothing shapes the world like the imagination.”

All the political declaration that fallowed underlined the fact that there is a general sense of unity among opposition and power alike in the Parliament in supporting the strategic relationship Europe-Romania-United Arab Emirates.

The speakers recalled that last year after European Council on Tourism and Trade announce of support for Astana (capital of Kazakhstan bid to WORLD EXPO 2017) the city of Astana won the bid to host the world expo. Everybody express the hope that, after today’s support for Dubai, and the city of Dubai will win WORLD EXPO 2020 bid.



UAE Ambassador – Yacoub Yousif Al Hosani states his appreciation for the European Council on Tourism and Trade support for Dubai-WORLD EXPO 2020 host.


In an emotion charged speech, UAE Ambassador – Yacoub Yousif Al Hosani took the stand and expresses his appreciation for the showered praises and feelings of support express toward his country. This solidarity and the desire of building an improved connection is a guarantee that the present day perfect political bilateral relation and economic investments of United Arab Emirates in Romania are just the beginning of a developing relation.

In the end Mr. Mahmood Al Bastaki, CEO of Dubai Trade Center had presented a short movie about Dubai preparations to host EXPO 2020 and stated that the WORLD EXPO 2020 in Dubai will be a universally shared success.

 

The final moments of the ceremony where dedicated to a stroll along 36 huge photos of today’s Dubai landmarks, observed traditional UAE handcrafts and then the guests enjoyed a huge cake named in honour of DUBAI-HOST OF WORLD EXPO 2020.



Professor Dr. Anton Caragea receives a symbol of United Arab Emirates from Ambassador Yacoub Yousif Al Hosani.


The Exhibition DUBAI-CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO 2020 was broadcasted by 6 European and Romanian televisions’ (, Realitatea TV, B1TV, TVR 1, National TV, N24 Plus and Travel Mix) and receives dozens of favourable reviews in the press supplementary emphasizing the strong impression left by United Arab Emirates to European and Romanian public.

The Exhibition DUBAI-CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO 2020 was registered as a sign of Romanian determination to re-candle a traditional connection with the Arab world and was highly appreciated by all Arab diplomatic corp present to the event.

The Exhibition DUBAI-CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO 2020 had being transformed in a powerful landmark in the bilateral relation, a prefect moment to boost Europe-UAE friendship and to insure for Romania a place along side the winner of WORLD EXPO 2020: DUBAI.

 

 



Coffee making.



 United Arab Emirates traditions.



 

Visitors crowding the Palace of Parliament to see Dubai Exhibition.



 

Dubai exhibition in the Palace of Parliament.



 

 

The Huge Cake honoring DUBAI-CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO 2020.



 

Ambassadors of Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia and Albania cutting the Huge Cake dedicated to Dubai World Expo.

 

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE SPONSOR OF DUBAI- CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on May 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Connected things is the best hope for progress, and for successful and peaceful existence in the generation to come.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum-Ruler of Dubai



On 4 April 2013, the cultural and political community of Europe under the high patronage of European Council on Tourism and Trade is celebrating the tremendous achievements of city of DUBAI, from United Arab Emirates, in the impressive Exhibition: DUBAI- CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO.



Exhibition DUBAI-CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO 2020 under the High Patronage of European Council on Tourism and Trade will open in Bucharest in April 2013.


The Exhibition: DUBAI- CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO is designed to express the European cultural and political community support for the Dubai`s bid for hosting EXPO 2020 and to present to european public the new, lofty and impressive capital of Emirate of Dubai, a part of United Arab Emirates.


Dubai is one of the greatest mega polis in the world and has rapidly turned into one of the most beautiful, energy efficient, visionary and environmental friendly capital of the world.


We must also emphasize that Dubai is priding himself as being uniquely situated, as a bridge between the rapid emerging Chinese market, the opportunities offered by Indian market and by rapidly developing Latin America`s economies.


The natural venue of contact between the wealth of Europe and the emerging markets, Dubai is perfectly situated as the natural leader of WORLD EXPO competition.


Encompassing more than 200 nationalities, ranked as the first center for finance in the region, hosting more than 10 million visitors annually and more than 51 million transit passenger’s and being constantly listed as one of the first 10 cities in the world in term of tourism, Dubai is emerging as the top of WORLD EXPO 2020.




The generous theme, selected by Dubai for WORLD EXPO entitled: CONNECTED MINDS, CREATING THE FUTURE! is offering a large area of opportunities for the participant countries to host themes ranging from environmental protection, to economic development, tourism and ways to build tolerant environment for cultures and religions etc.


Supplementary, Dubai is representing not only a paramount fruition and an outstanding effort of the Emirati, but also an example of world cooperation in the city construction, an ambitious and peerless project: a capital for the future.


Bucharest, capital of Romania, is hosting the Exhibition DUBAI- CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO also to impress upon the strategic dimension of United Arab Emirates -Europe bilateral relations and to state about the brotherhood feeling between the cities of Bucharest and Dubai. Also the exhibition is stressing the feeling that European Council on Tourism and Trade and United Arab Emirates are building a common destiny of friendship and cooperation.


During the Exhibition DUBAI- CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO, the messages of European Romanian support for Dubai candidature to WORLD EXPO 2020 will be read out by Mr. Valeriu Zgonea, President of Romanian Parliament-Chamber of Deputies, Professor dr. Anton Caragea- President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Representatives of European tourism Academy, representatives of Senate of Romania, representatives of Economic and Cultural Commission, Environment, Tourism and Culture Ministers, academic and cultural institutions and representatives of all political parties represented in the parliament.


It is a moment of unity, destined to celebrate a city often referred to as: a world miracle.


A city build by the greatest architects of the millennium (British architect Norman Foster-one of the builder`s of Astana-capital of Kazakhstan and host of WORLD EXPO 2017 was also involved in Dubai planning), a city that geo-strategic is marking the center of a New silk Road and of South-South Economic Road, that is representing almost 50% percent of the world GDP.


Even more important, Dubai had emphasized his role as a world decision maker choosing a daring theme: CONNECTED MINDS, CREATING THE FUTURE! for the EXPO 2020 international exhibition.



The Exhibition DUBAI- CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO is also the second public display of a Capital city for Romanian public; it is the first city from Middle East and Arabic Golf ever presented internationally and is one of the most important cultural event dedicated to a city, in the last 30 years, in Romania.


The visitors will have the occasion to see world appreciated building, such as: Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa ( who was visited by more than 54 million visitors in 2012) old town of Dubai and Dubai creek, Dubai Financial Center, Dubai Trade Center-Jebel Ali and a series of other famous sites that made the city to be inscribed among top 10 cities in the world.


DUBAI- CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO exhibition under European Council on Tourism and Trade high patronage is waiting to be discovered for a week (4-11 April 2013) in the heart of Bucharest, as a symbol of the friendship that is uniting Europe and Asia, Romania and United Arab Emirates.

 

ASTANA-HOST OF EXPO 2017. EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE DECISIVE SUPPORT FOR KAZAKHSTAN

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on December 20, 2012 at 3:45 AM

On 24 April 2012, in the luxurious surroundings of Palace of Geology, the Official Opening of the Exhibition ASTANA-CAPITAL OF THE FUTURE took place.



The exhibition organized by Embassy of Republic of Kazakhstan in Romania and European Council on Tourism and Trade is destined to express European support for Astana candidature to host EXPO 2017 International exhibition.


The opening ceremony was held in the presence of Members of Romanian Parliament and Romanian Government, members of Diplomatic Corp accredited to Romania and countless Romanian and foreign diplomat’s, academicians, personalities of culture and art etc.




Members of Romanian Parliament and European Parliament, Romanian Government, members of Diplomatic Corp accredited to Romania and countless European foreign diplomat’s, academicians, personalities of culture and art attend ASTANA-CAPITAL OF THE FUTURE EXHIBITION


In the opening speech, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT ) had underlined that ASTANA-CAPITAL OF THE FUTURE Exhibition is destined to offer the official support of European Council on Tourism and Trade and of Parliament and Government of Romania to the bilateral strategic relationship between Europe and Kazakhstan and for the candidature of city of Astana for EXPO 2017.


″Astana must be the host of EXPO 2017 as it is the most dynamic city in the Asia region in term of economic development and is the symbol of geopolitical shift towards Asia as the main engine of economic growth and also because Astana is enjoying political support and economic investments of 20 billions euro for holding EXPO 2017 in the best circumstances. Electing Astana is the practical thing to do, is the common sense and the most successful choice″, concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.




Taking the floor, Deputy Viorel Palasca, President of Romania-Kazakhstan Friendship Parliamentary Group had conveyed Parliament support for Astana: ″ I assure you of all our support, a traditional one I must add, for Astana receiving a new and deserved international recognition as the host of International EXPO 2017 in a new, dynamic, modern capital that is combining in an outstanding manner the architectural values and the creator spirit of inhabitants of republic of Kazakhstan ″.


Finally, the Deputy V. Palasca had address his warmest congratulations and appreciations for the effort in impeccable hosting and organizing this event to H.E. Talgat Kaliyev- Kazakhstan Charge d`affairs and to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, ECTT President .




Deputy Ahmet Aledin, Vice-Chairman of Parliamentary Commission for Culture had express the general sense of unity among opposition and power alike in the Parliament in supporting the strategic relationship Romania-Kazakhstan.




Senator Trifon Belacurencu had express the Romanian Senate salute and support for the exhibition, testifying that the Romanian decision to support Astana as host of EXPO 2017 is just an episode in a long history of bilateral support and friendship.

Also he conveyed the Senate congratulation for peerless hosting and organizing this event to H.E. Talgat Kaliyev-Kazakhstan Charge d`affairs and to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, ECTT President .


The rest of the main dignitary’s present at the exhibition such as Sali Negiat- Secretary of State of Romanian Government, Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, director of European Tourism Academy had underlined the staunch support for Kazakhstan –Romanian friendship and support for Astana as host of EXPO 2017.


A special moment was the speech of Mayor Nicolae Ontanu, in thunderous applause, announcing that Astana is having a street named after in the heart of Bucharest.


Equally warm was received the letter signed by President of Cultural Committee Mrs. Raluca Turcan expressing his pledge in supporting all Kazakhstan initiatives in Romania.


Finally emotion overwhelmed H.E. Charge d`affairs of Kazakhstan Talgat Kaliyev took the stand and express his appreciation for the showered praises and feelings of support express toward his country. This solidarity and the desire of building an improved connection is a guarantee that the present day perfect political bilateral relation and economic investments of Kazakhstan in Romania of more than 3 billion dollars are just the beginning.


In the end H.E. Talgat Kaliyev had presented a short movie about Astana preparations to host EXPO 2017 and stated that the EXPO 2017 in Astana will be a universally shared success.


The final moments of the ceremony where dedicated to a stroll along 20 huge photos of today’s Astana landmarks and then the guest had enjoyed a huge cake named in honor of Astana and patrimony campaign, made specially available for this event.


The Exhibition ASTANA-CAPITAL OF THE FUTURE was broadcasted by 6 European televisions’ (TVR Cultural, TVR Info, TVR 1, National TV, N24 Plus and Travel Mix) and receives dozens of favorable reviews in the press supplementary emphasizing the strong impression left by Kazakhstan to European public.


The Exhibition ASTANA-CAPITAL OF THE FUTURE, the most important cultural event hosted by Europe in 2012, remained opened between 23 and 27 of April 2012 receiving more than 18.000 visitors in this period of time, witnessing the powerful impression left by Astana to Romanian public.


Among the tens of diplomatic representatives present on the venue of the ASTANA CAPITAL OF THE FUTURE EXHIBITION we have selected a FEW but we say THANK YOU to ALL dear friends: 




Ambassador of Brasil H.E. Raymundo Santos Rocha MAGNO.




 

 

Ambassador of Iraq- BEST AMBASSADOR FOR 2011 H.E.Mohammed Saeed AL-SHAKARCHI visits the ASTANA EXHIBITION.




 

 

Turkmenistan Ambassador Representative among Ministry of Culture delegation.




 

 

Ambassadors of Iraq H.E.Mohammed Saeed AL-SHAKARCHI and Malaezia H.E. Mohd Fareed ZAKARIA.




 

Eight dignitaries of Romania had come to pledge support for Europe-Kazakhstan strategic relation.




H.E. Ambassador of Venezuela Mrs. Zulay Coromoto Prieto de Rodriguez

 

WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE NEW SITE UNVEILED

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on October 9, 2011 at 5:05 AM

On 9 October 2011 in a special gathering of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade prof.dr. Anton Caragea , President of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade and Dr. Petru Lificiu Vice-President of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade had publicly unveiled the new sites destined to present ot the world up dated information`s on  WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE.


 

The new sites provides useful information`s, up dated debates and news and are destined to emphasize the character of rewarding high quality tourism , cultural protection and environment values incorporated in the prizes of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade.


 

The sites offers to the visitors information`s on European Union Council on Tourism and Trade actions and values , criteria`s for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE awards and different useful dates for tourism and tourism industry professionals.


 

 

You can see the new sites here:



 

 

 

WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD



 

 

 

WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE

 



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