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PRESIDENT PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA DECORATED WITH NATIONAL ORDER FOR HIS GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTAL AGENDA

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on April 30, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Tourism was at the heart of recent days celebrations in Djibouti as the country was crowned as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, has launched his new tourism strategy and received the visit of the leading teams of global tourism institutions (European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy). 

 



Tourism was also honored on April 19,2018 in the person of H.E. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade who was decorated with the Republic of Djibouti highest order: NATIONAL ORDER OF 27 JUNE 1977. 




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The official ceremony for awarding President Dr. Anton Caragea has taken place on the premises of Government Palace in Djibouti city.

 

 


This is not necessary a recognition for myself but a tribute to the role of tourism as promoter of peace and dialogue, of understanding and development, part and parcel of the XXI century diplomacy, commented President Anton Caragea on the official handover ceremony of the decoration.

 



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More about WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is accessible here:

 

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WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM–official website

 

AFRICAN TOURISM ON THE RISE

 

ARGUMENTS FOR DJIBOUTI AS A TOURISM CENTER

 

ON THE FOOTSTEPS OF ARTHUR RIMBAUD AND HENRY DE MONFREID

 

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On the occasion of the official visit to the Republic of Djibouti, European Council on Tourism and Trade President Dr. Anton Caragea was received by Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti.

 






A dialogue of friendship and cooperation between H.E. President of Djibouti-Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh and H.E. ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

 



The meeting of the two leaders was also attended by H.E. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Prime Minister of Djibouti and members of his administration.


Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh express his gratitude on behalf of people and Government of Djibouti for the official visit of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in the country of the Horn of Africa and for the entire support offered to the state of Djibouti in the areas of asserting the country influence in the fields of diplomacy, culture and tourism.

 


On his turn Professor Dr. Anton Caragea graciously expressed his gratitude and that of his delegation for the exceptional and warm welcoming ceremony and for the perfect role played by Djibouti as the host of African Culture and Tourism Week.

 

 





H.E. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Prime Minister of Djibouti had officially bestowed upon ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea the NATIONAL ORDER OF 27 JUNE on the highest rank.

 

 




Djibouti is rapidly evolving from a center of great business a central place in international trade and a crucial supplier of security for African continent into an area of culture, traditions and natural riches to be exploited for the development of tourism, remarked Council President Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


Concluding the meeting with H.E. Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh President of the Republic of Djibouti, and according to the president instructions H.E. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Prime Minister of Djibouti had officially bestowed upon European President Dr. Anton Caragea the NATIONAL ORDER OF 27 JUNE on the highest rank.






This decoration comes in recognition a lifetime achievements of President professor Dr. Anton Caragea in developing world tourism, promoting culture and traditions amalgamated in the XXI century diplomacy, in promoting democracy and freedom and in the defense of peace on global arena has stated H.E. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed Prime Minister of Djibouti.

 


The decoration ceremony has taken place in the presence of the members of government of Djibouti, members of parliament and presidency and was live broadcasted.

 

 






On the venue witnessing the event where: the Minister of Culture, Moumin Hassan Barreh, the Minister Delegate for Trade and Tourism, Hassan Houmed Ibrahim, the Secretary General of the Presidency, Mohamed Abdillahi Waïs, the Chief of Cabinet of the Presidency, Mohamed Abdoulkader Ibrahim, the Director General of the National Tourist Office, Osman Abdi Mohamed, and high level delegates of the European Council of Tourism and Trade (Mr. Pavel Avramoiu-Hospitality Director, Mihai Prundianu-Chairman for Trade, Academician Mircea Constantinescu-European Academy Director, Mr. Jacob Fonea-Foreign Investment Director in ECTT).

CEREMONIES FOR DJIBOUTI: WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on April 29, 2018 at 4:10 AM

Djibouti was registered as a member of the WORLD CAPITAL`S OF CULTURE AND TOURISM list, a repository of the humanities most important and significant cultural and tourism landmarks.


The ceremony has taken place in a festive and colorful atmosphere in Djibouti city and was honored by the presence of President of Djibouti, members of parliament, members of Government, diplomatic corps and members of the global tourism institutions of European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy.


As the press noted the world`s who`s who of tourism and culture has gathered for this enliven festivity. 



Djibouti played host for a week  (16 to 22 April 2018 ) to global tourism celebrations marking the inscription of the capital city on the list of WORLD CAPITAL`S OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.


Attending the ceremonies was a high ranking delegation of global tourism institutions European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy lead by President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

 





President of The Republic of Djibouti: Academician ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH in the center of global tourism institutions delegates presenting DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 



The world tourism delegates where welcomed with a colorful ceremony on the Djibouti Airport tarmac and received lush flowers bouquets in a sign of peaceful arrival.

 






On April 18, 2018, a working session with representatives of Presidency of Djibouti chaired by Secretary General Mohamed Abdillahi Wais, Ministry of Economy (with tourism as mandate), Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Information and with the delegates of European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy chaired by President Dr. Anton Caragea has taken place.



During the day a series of dialogues where held between Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation-Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Minister of Culture, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Moumin Hassan Barreh, Ministry of Tourism and The President of the National Assembly of Djibouti Mr.Mohamed Ali Houmed.


 

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More about President of Djibouti agenda for development can be accessed here:


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The main event of the week of celebrations was the official inscription of DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM in a powerful, music and rhythm driven ceremony destined to showcase the cultural endowment of people of Djibouti.

 





On display where ceremonial weaponry, costumes, dances, ceremonies of Issas, Afars, Yemenis constituting the matrix of today`s Djibouti.


Actors, poets, dancers and musicians from far and wide contributed to a glittering performance and crafted a vivid portrait of a young and yet cultured nation.


Congratulatory remarks were addressed for the delegates attending DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM festivities by Ministers of culture and Islamic Foundations, Ministry of Tourism and a presentation of the country new tourism strategy was unveiled for the benefit of those present.


The core of the festivity came at the moment of announcing H.E. President Ismail Omar Guelleh as the new ACADEMICIAN member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY with a powerful presentation speech by Academician Mircea Constantinescu, European Academy Director.

 

 

 





Hand in hand for African tourism future: President of Djibouti-Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh and President of European Council on Tourism and Trade – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

 




President of European Council on Tourism and Trade – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea took to the rostrum to announce officially that from April 19, 2018, DJIBOUTI is THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM in recognition of a splendid array of natural and historical monuments encapsulated in a rapidly developing country and powered by a dynamic people.


H.E. Ismail Omar Gulleh, The President of Djibouti come to the fore to a rapturous welcome by his people and was surrounded with huge manifestations of love and respect and ululations of admiration for his crowning as a new ACADEMICIAN and for the country assuming the new mantle as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

 





In a prominent and poignant allocution President Omar Gulleh, now Academician Ismail Omar Gulleh charted the new directions for his country and promised to further endeavor to make Djibouti recognized and to etch the name of his nation on the global stage.


Djibouti as a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM has become a center of beaming culture, a beacon of development on the banks of the Red Sea and a tourism center for the Horn of Africa showing to all the region that another destiny free from fear and poverty is possible.

 

 





President Dr. Anton Caragea and President Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh announcing to the world: DJIBOUTI IS WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

 




Global tourism delegates lead by President Dr. Anton Caragea had immersed afterwards in a discovery trip among the natural beauties and man-made carved civilizations of Djibouti.



The trip encompassed discovery of the Gulf of Tadjoura with the island of Moucha at his heart, old center of slaves and coffee trade and a symbolic place for the birth of Djibouti in the XIX century.

 

 






The fabled city of Tadjoura, the center of commerce of hides, oysters, coffee and ivory, rich and powerful dominating the south of Red Sea and portrayed as the white city or the city of seven mosques was a main point of interest.



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More information on Djibouti tourism potential and strategy can be extracted from these sources:


DJIBOUTI: WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


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The astonishing collection of natural monuments spanning from The Great African rift to Bab el Mandeb, to the volcano of Ardoukôba, the impressive Goubet Al Kharab, the island of Devil and the gates of Inferno where all magnificent sights to see.

 






The opportunities for leisure tourism, balmy sun and sea tourism wherein length explained during the visit to the incredible Sable blanc-White sands.


Finally a visit to the lowest place on the African continent: Lake Assal put the delegates in awe of the country tourism potential.






Concluding the visit to Djibouti-THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM President Dr. Anton Caragea remarked that: Djibouti is this unique spot: a place of magic!

 

 

The magic of the beginning of Earth`s history, the geological miracle of the gates of Earth opening and a place where volcanoes are resurrected after 3000 years sleep.

Djibouti is the magic of poets and dreamers that where touched by the aura of this place and in turn they give Djibouti a name in the cultural history of the world.

The magic of men`s who created here kingdoms, built mosques and carved out cities that lasted for hundreds of years.


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DJIBOUTI WILL BE CROWNED AS WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM ON APRIL 19, 2018

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on April 14, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Djibouti is this unique spot: a place of magic!

 

The magic of the beginning of the Earth history, the geological miracle of the gates of Earth opening and a place where volcanoes are resurrected after 3000 years sleep.

 

The magic of poets and dreamers that where touched by the aura of this pace and in turn they give Djibouti a place in the world cultural history .

 

The magic of men`s who created here kingdoms, built mosques and carved out cities that lasted for hundreds of years.



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The magic of nature: the all-powerful desert, the lowest place on African continent: Lake Assal, the still creating miracle of earth creation along the shores of Lake Abbe, the place where whales are coming to give the miracle of life and birth.

(Excerpts from European Council on Tourism and Trade President Report on Djibouti-World Capital of Culture and Tourism)



 

 

H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade has publicly signed the official decision naming DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM on April 10, 2018, in the presence of the diplomatic corps accredited to the global tourism institutions: European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy.


The induction of Djibouti as World Capital of Culture and Tourism will take place on April 19, 2018, on the occasion of the official handover ceremony to be held at Presidential Palace in Djibouti. 

 





European Council on Tourism and Trade President (center image) announces DJIBOUTI-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM (on the left Acad. Emil Constantinescu-President of Romania)




The Spring 2018 meeting of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) has taken place offering new opportunities for global cooperation and tourism development.


The meeting enjoyed the presence of the president of Romania. Academician Emil Constantinescu.


Among the decisions taken during Spring Council Meeting was the inscription of Djibouti on the list of WORLD CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade has stated: among the recently inscribed candidates for the world top cultural award Djibouti is standing out as a luminary example. 

 

 





Academician Mircea Constantinescu (European Tourism Academy) presented to Cuban Ambassador by ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea.

In the second line(l-r): Mr. Mihai Prundianu-ECTT Chairman, Mr. Gabriel Rasvan-Presidential Adviser.

 




The country encompasses ten tentative world heritage sites on tentative list ranging from natural treasures and natural protected areas such as: Lake Assal and Lake Abbe, National Park Foret du day to the tumulus of Awellos, cave paintings of Abourma.


The capital city, Djibouti is home to a treasure trove of architectural marvels from the historical Haji Hamoudi Mosque, European Quarter (Malik Square) and African Quarter, Djibouti Cathedral and Ethiopian Church Saint Gabriel of the Sun and the cultural blending space of Les Caisses etc.


Taking under consideration the large array of traditions blending in the country from Issa and Afar cultural heritage to the French inspirations, the incredibly rich and fascinating natural landscape offered for tourists to discover and evaluating the government decisions inscribed in DJIBOUTI VISION 2035 to make tourism a pillar of development we have taken the decision to validate DJIBOUTI candidature for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM designation. 

 

 





Ambassadors from Cuba, Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Armenia on European Council on Tourism and Trade ceremony for DJIBOUTI-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.




In the presence of the diplomatic corps and registered members of the Executive Board of the European Council on Tourism and Trade Professor Dr. Anton Caragea proceeded to the public signing of the decree to that effect.

 


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More about WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is accessible here:

WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM-official website


AFRICAN TOURISM ON THE RISE


ARGUMENTS FOR DJIBOUTI AS A TOURISM CENTER


DJIBOUTI: NO.5 ECONOMY IN THE WORLD(World Bank)


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European Tourism Academy Director, Academician Mircea Constantinescu presented for the diplomatic corps present for the occasion the LETTER FOR WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT that will be addressed to H.E. President Ismail Omar Guelleh marking his selection as the new Academician member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY.

 

 

 





H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, European Council on Tourism and Trade President announces the decision: WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is DJIBOUTI.

 



President Ismail Omar Guelleh has succeeded in carving out on Djibouti a space for international peace and security and in making Djibouti a key to African continent peace and security.


Today Djibouti is ensuring security along the Red Sea, is opening African continent to trade and riches and commercial exchanges and has succeeded in making Djibouti in a pole of economic growth.

 

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More about WORLD LEADERS OF TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT can be observed here:


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Djibouti has supported the building of Addis Ababa –Djibouti railroad, has constructed Africa`s bigger deepwater seaport, has garnered top-notch investments and rise up on being number five economy in the world in term of annual growth.


These are the achievements of an adroit, powerful and visionary leader that is creating growth where it was only poverty and opportunities where there was only despair and a miracle where it was only desert, outlined the merits of the new academician Professor Mircea Constantinescu.

 

 




Dr. Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania (1996-2000) mentioned that recognizing Djibouti as a world center of culture and tourism and electing President Ismail Omar Guelleh to the highest academic rank are perfect connection supporting Europe and Africa cooperation and future relations.

 

 





Signing the official decrees for DJIBOUTI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and for H.E. President ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH as ACADEMICIAN member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY concluded the ceremonies and then a vin d’honneur was served for diplomats in attendance.

 

 





Other decisions taken by European Council on Tourism and Trade where: the selection of a new diplomatic partner, the celebration of European Tourism Day on December 1st, 2018 and the closing of World Best Tourist Destination candidature list on May 15th, 2018.


Photo-Album of European Council on Tourism and Trade Spring 2018 Assembly

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE ORGANIZE WORLD TOURISM AWARDS CEREMONIES IN PHNOM PENH

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on December 18, 2017 at 2:40 AM

On the scene of 2017 WORLD TOURISM AWARDS, H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea of European Council on Tourism and Trade hailed Cambodia example as a beacon in a world in need of a model and appointed H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN as the world`s GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.


WORLD TOURISM AWARDS ceremonies included and the proclamation of Phnom Penh as the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, the supreme tourism recognition for cities and regions encompassing exceptional heritage.



2017 has marked a new height in the relations between Europe and Kingdom of Cambodia in the fields of cultural, development and tourism cooperation with the climax being the visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade Presidential delegation (ECTT) in Cambodia between 1 to 11 December 2017.






European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea congratulates the author of Cambodia`s economic miracle: H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN.

 




The visit of the European presidential delegation headed by ECTT President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has come in recognition of the incredible strides obtained by Cambodia in the field of tourism in 2016 and 2017 as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

 


The Kingdom of Cambodia has become the leading country in tourism development with more than 1,6 million tourists growth in only a year from 3,5 million tourists in 2015 to over 5 million tourists in 2016.

 


With a 40% year to year increase in incoming number of tourists Cambodia leads in world tourism development.

 




Phnom Penh hosted the President Anton Caragea ECTT delegates and was crowned as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 



The visit of world tourism institution of European Council on Tourism and Trade was also in recognition of Phnom Penh as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and in recognition of Prime Minister of Cambodia, Academician HUN SEN as the GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.

 




Academician HUN SEN is proclaimed to the world as the GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.




The visit included a rich and diversified cultural program calculated to present to ECTT delegates the heritage, cultural and historical treasures of the Kingdom.

 


The high-level delegation toured the coastal region of Cambodia including the province of Kampong Som, Sihanoukville and the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sonleom.

 




Sihanoukville: the world`s most cleanest beaches!




The Cambodian Riviera is an incredible destination uniting history with splendid beaches with lush forest and balmy climate all year round creating an attraction pole for tourists appreciated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea ECTT President.


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Cambodia must emphasize the incredible potential of water, sun and relaxation offered by the islands area and this will be the home of more than 1 million tourists and the base for another growth in the Cambodian tourism industry.





The Cambodian coast line: the new address of paradise!




The Presidential delegation headed to the north to the culturally rich and historical charged space of Siem Reap and Preah Vihear.

 


Visits to the incredible pyramid temples of Koh Ker, witnessing King Jayavarman IV incredible prowess and unstinted desire to build one of the world miracles in the jungles of Cambodia was an emotional experience.





Koh Ker as a 7th world wonder ! Mark Doda, Chairman of Balkan Tourism Organization.




Mark Doda, Chairman of Balkan Tourism Organization declared Koh Ker as a 7th world wonder, a place of absolute awe and incredible spiritual dimension, a magnet for tourists worldwide.


You cannot see Koh Ker and not want to come to Cambodia one more time and one more time.


Koh Ker is a love story carved in stone and a perfect witness of the grandeur of Khmer people appreciated Chairman Mark Doda.

 



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♦ GLOBAL AMBASSADORS FOR TOURISM AND SDG


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The visit encompass a stopover at the Preah Vihear, the greatest temple of Indochina, an architectural wonder and restored to the Kingdom of Cambodia after a long and complicated judicial battle in the court of Hague who decided unequivocally that the Kingdom of Cambodia is the owner of this sacred jewel in terms of international law, treaties, history and legacy.





Preah Vihear: the larges and most impressive temple of Indochina.




Preah Vihear is the living testament of the Khmer people ingenuity, determination and love for beauty and glory appreciated President Dr. Anton Caragea.


Other visits had taken place at Beng Melea temple and a special visit on Tonle Sap the inner sea of Cambodia and a boat trip on one of the world largest freshwater lakes and the breadbasket of Cambodia.


Delegates toured the lake and the water-based villages and have a layover at Kampong Pluk Community and Prek Toal community-based tourism.





Tonle Sap the inner sea of Cambodia!



Tourism has become a part and parcel of the livelihood of these regions and a breadwinner for families, registered Trade Chairman Mihai Prundianu.



I encourage world tourist to come to Cambodia, to visit rural and distant communities, to buy artisanal products and to support community-based tourism as a way to foster a better life and also to enjoy a positive experience and a traditional way of life.


The center of the visit was the incredible discovery of the touristic and cultural riches of Kompong Thom province culminated with a tour to the Sambor Prei Kuk Temples registered as UNESCO heritage sites in 2017.

 




Sambor Prai Kuk is the mythical capital of the fabulous Kingdom of Chenla.



Sambor Prai Kuk is the mythical capital of the fabulous Kingdom of Chenla (Zenla in Chinese chronicles) and is completely in tune with the ancient descriptions as the most beautiful city in the world. A host of incredible rich decorated temples, magnificent towers of worship and powerful gods spring out of the jungle in a dance of stone and brick that is not only a precursor to the marvels of Angkor but a marvel in his one right.

 


No man cannot say is cultured and visited the world if it not has stopped at Sambor Prei Kuk, this is where the world architecture and the greatest dreams of Angkor where first-born, the temples of Sambor Prei Kuk are the testaments of a rich and powerful civilization that united Gods and people for the first time in Indochina history, stated the significance of the monuments Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 




Sambor Prei Kuk-UNESCO Heritage Status from 2017 (the third in Cambodia after Angkor Temples and Preah Vihear Temples)



The delegates toured Phnom Penh and have a chance to discuss future investment projects in the capital with the Governor of Phnom Penh Mr. Khoung Sreng.


ECTT Director Pavel Avramoiu established a program for hotel building and investment in the capital and Cambodia Riviera area.



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♦ WHAT IS A WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM?

♦ WHY IS CAMBODIA WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION?


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The coastal region of Cambodia with incredible clean waters, white sandy beaches and large golf facilities will become a magnet for investors in tourism worldwide appreciated Mr. Pavel Avramoiu.





H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea – European Council on Tourism and Trade President receives the silver platter of Phnom Penh from H.E. Minister of Tourism Dr. Thong Khon.



European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates held meeting with Ministers of Land Management and Development, Environment and have a long exchange of views with the Minister of tourism H.E. Thong Khon in a friendly and amicable atmosphere discussing new cooperation projects.



On December 9, 2017, on the scene of 2017 WORLD TOURISM AWARDS, H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea hailed Cambodia example as a beacon in a world in need of a model and appointed H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN as the world`s GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.





H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea hailed Cambodia example as a beacon in a world in need of a model and appointed H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN as the world`s GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.





Academician Mircea Constantinescu, European Tourism Academy Director had also made public the inscription of Phnom Penh, Cambodia`s capital as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, the world most prestigious designation for cities and regions of world significance and value.





H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN receives PHNOM PENH registration act for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM status.




WORLD TOURISM AWARDS 2017 marked the transformation of Cambodia in a world model of tourism and development and the country with the most rapid tourism growth in the world in 2016/2017.

 




Minister of Tourism of Kingdom of Cambodia H.E. THONG KHON received the official congratulations from Prime Minister HUN SEN for his achievements in obtaining WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION status for Kingdom of Cambodia.




The visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade representatives offered a new global standing for Cambodia on world tourism stage and proclaiming Phnom Penh as the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM will be another tourism booster for the nation as 2016 World`s Best Tourist Destination Award succeeded in bringing a plus of 1,5 million tourist and 2 billion dollars to Cambodia`s economy.



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PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA SIGNED THE OFFICIAL DECREE FOR PHNOM PENH RECOGNIZED AS WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on November 27, 2017 at 3:30 PM

On 27 November 2017 The European Council on Tourism and Trade President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea signed in front of the diplomatic corps and specialists in tourism and trade and journalists THE OFFICIAL DECREE FOR PHNOM PENH as the new WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.


The decision comes in the wake of the General Assembly approval for the city candidature and endorsement as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, endorsement decided on July 29, 2017.



The 2017 General Assembly of European Council on Tourism and Trade -ECTT has gathered in an all-encompassing manifestation the leaders of world tourism, parliamentarians members of Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals, representatives of OSCE Bucharest Conference, Eurasia Conference and diplomatic corps accredited to European Council on Tourism and Trade.



President of world institution European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea (in the center) with Academician Mircea Constantinescu-European Tourism Academy (right) and Ambassadors from China PR, Philippines, Jordan, Turkey (left).




President of world institution of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea presented to his guests the achievements of ECTT at the helm of global tourism: creating and launching the tourism and sustainable development goals program, starting the global recognition program for GLOBAL AMBASSADORS FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS, supporting growth and employment across the world with more than 100.000 jobs created by ECTT exertions and supporting humanitarian activity and investments in vulnerable corners of the world by tourism related programs.

 


ECTT has fulfilled for another year his mandate to offer KNOWLEDGE TO LEAD THE WORLD for a better future concluded President Dr. Anton Caragea in his welcoming message to the delegates.




Professor Dr. Anton Caragea (in the center) surrounded by ECTT President Office team: Academician Mircea Constantinescu (left), Chairman Mihai Prundianu and rest of the team(to the right).




The main items of the ECTT Agenda for 2017 where focused around boosting the regional cooperation, layout plans for visa facilitation and the better promotion of European and world tourism.


On July 28, 2017 the session was destined to plenary works and on July 29 in a relaxed atmosphere, the General Assembly of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT), has taken under consideration the list of candidates for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2017.



Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and the team of ECTT President Office and Ambassadors awaiting the name of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.




Before entering into the details the voting members decided to entrust to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and the team of ECTT President Office the mandate to select for 2017 and 2018 the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM winners in accordance with the world tourism institute ECTT status and bylaws.


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TIMELINE FOR WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

 


28 July 2017 -THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE


29 July 2017 – the decision to select PHNOM PENH as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


27 November 2017 – the signing of the OFFICIAL DECREE FOR PHNOM PENH – WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


9 December 2017 the start of the ceremonies for PHNOM PENH – WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


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The full power in selecting the world most important cultural designation for the above mentioned period was delegated to the authority of the ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


After receiving the results of vote from Presidential adviser Mr. Gabriel Rasvan , H.E. President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea announced his decision to bestow the highest cultural nomination to the city of PHNOM PENH, the capital of Kingdom of Cambodia.





The WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM status for Phnom Penh will bring the inscription of the city as a cultural and patrimony hub of global significance and will also entice the city role as a part of the AGENDA FOR HUMANITY UN program and as a center for the implementation of sustainable development goals in the country and in the region.



President Dr. Anton Caragea lauded the Kingdom of Cambodia role in global fostering of tourism development, growth and economic development and in becoming a world model of SDG implementation.



Phnom Penh is practically littered with religious monuments, with incredible cultural artifacts with a beaming historical patrimony spanning for over 600 years and encompassing from Angkor type architectures and temples to colonial typical quarters all enveloped in a recent magnificent development.






The proposal of ECTT leader was approved by acclamation`s by all present on the venue and the office of the President of European Council on Tourism and Trade being empowered to make the necessary actions to bring to fruition the decision to inscribe PHNOM PENH as a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM awardee.



On December 9th, 2017 the Kingdom of Cambodia will officially receive the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM status, concluded the proceedings the President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.





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♦ In carving up the World Capital of Culture and Tourism Program 11 years ago, European Tourism Academy and European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) set for themselves the ambitious task of establishing a world list of cities and regions that are encompassing the legacy of humanity, that are harboring traditions and costumes unique or hosting natural treasures considered to be of outstanding and universal value.


♦ The WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is today a registered program for the advancement of Sustainable development Goals, is a registered program of PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR UN Sustainable Development Goals and is the instrument recommended for fulfilling each country commitment to the Agenda of Humanity.

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ECTT PRESIDENT PROFESSOR ANTON CARAGEA HELD MEETINGS WITH PRESIDENT`S NICOLAS MADURO AND EVO MORALES AND EVALUATES CARACAS TOURISM POTENTIAL

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on October 15, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Latin America has started a push for tourism development and international recognition.


The latest visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade top delegates is a part of Venezuela’s efforts to expand and grow the national tourism industry.


The visit of the world tourism institution representatives to Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is the most significant event for the country since 2005, when President Hugo Chavez government established the Ministry of Tourism, with the objective of developing the tourism industry in the country. 



After a wave of candidature`s from the region where registered for 2017 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD now it was the time for Venezuela to invite for a familiarization and discovery trip a high level delegation of European Council on Tourism and Trade and to start preparing for a candidature of Caracas, the capital city, to the international title of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 


All this is offering new hopes for tourism growth and is paving the way for a cultural revival of Latin America with the support of European Council on Tourism and Trade.



European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, has accepted the invitation from Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, for a familiarization visit with the realities of the Latin American country. 




Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela invited an European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation to see first hand the realities of Venezuela. 



Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela has marked in the official invitation letter addressed to European Council on Tourism and Trade President: As the Minister of People Power for International Relations I consider with interest your participation in this space of magnitude importance and your solidarity in this historical moment when we celebrated the legacy of dignity and justice of Comandante Hugo Chavez and of President Nicolas Maduro bequeathed to the Venezuelan people and to the Bolivarian revolution. 




A concert in the honour of Bolivarian Revolution under the banner of TODOS SOMOS VENEZUELA has enjoyed the presence of European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates. 



The visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade high level delegation for the period of 15 to 22 September 2017 is an intricate part of a broader strategy of the President Nicolas Maduro government to develop Venezuela’s tourism industry and to diversify the nation’s economy and reduce dependence on oil income. 





Tourism is a tool for the betterment of Venezuela: H.E. Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela presents the city of CARACAS candidature for World Capital of Culture and Tourism to H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , President of European Council on Tourism and Trade.  




Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, ECTT President remarked: Venezuela has one of the most diverse climates, with ice capped Andean mountains to the west, Amazon jungle to the south, wide rivers and tall waterfalls surrounded by tabletop mountains and unusual rock formations to the southeast, and a gorgeous, pristine Caribbean coast to the north that has some of the world’s finest and exclusive beaches, such as Los Roques and highest waterfalls on the planet, Angel Falls. 

 



President/Professor Dr. Anton Caragea hosted in MIRAFORES TV studios and National Venezuelan Television. 



During the week-long visit, the high-level European Council delegates hold extensive talks with various officials like: Juan Bautista Arias Palacio – Minister for Basic and Strategic Industries and Socialist Development, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister of Tourism.




President Dr. Anton Caragea receives for discussions at Hotel Alba the Vice-Minister of Tourism of Venezuela. 

 



Agreements regarding economic cooperation, tourism promotion, TV travel documentaries and bilateral information exchange and cooperation for SDG completion in the framework of Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals where tabled. 


Cooperation in the field of tourism promotion and ECTT technical support for Caracas drafting a coherent plan to obtain the election as World Capital of Culture and Tourism was also agreed. 



The highlights of the visit, where the two memorable encounters with President Nicolas Maduro. 





On September 19, 2017, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea took the distinct honor to sign the HONORARY BOOK at MIRAFLORES Presidential Palace.

 

 


On 17 September 2017, the delegates part take in the President TV Show: Sundays with Maduro! together with Evo Morales, Bolivian President. 




Evo Morales, President of Bolivia presents his country tourism booklet to European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates.

 


During the discussions, the tourism and cultural connections between the two countries were tabled and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has given as gifts to the two President’s his latest book on Interference of Civilizations in European Union Project.

 


On 19 September 2017, in the conclusion of The International March of Solidarity with Venezuela, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was invited for a photo session with President Nicolas Maduro, signed the Honorary Book at Miraflores Palace and has given an interview to the Miraflores TV Channel, expressing his support for Bolivarian Revolution role in forging a free and democratic Latin America.

 



The cultural program of the visit included discovery trips to Natural Sanctuary of Waraira Repano, a tour of Caracas landmarks like The Cathedral of Caracas, Saint Francis, Simon Bolivar birthplace etc.




The cable car of Caracas connecting the city with Waraira Repano.

 



A special day was dedicated to offering respect for Venezuelan history major figures, with a visit to National Pantheon and a stop to Simon Bolivar funeral monument and Francisco Miranda tomb.

 




Simon Bolivar: The Hero of Latin American Liberation struggle: a lay over charged with respect for official delegates.

 

 


An emotionally charged moment was the visit to Mountain Quarter (Quartel de la Montana) the place where the architect of the Bolivarian Revolution and the apostle of the poor`s: Commander Hugo Chavez is laid for eternal rest surrounded by world gratitude and love.

 


The delegates witnessed the changing of the guard and where hart struck by the powerful words of remembering for the fallen hero: Chavez lives!

 




President Dr. Anton Caragea in a moment of respect in front of the Commander HUGO CHAVEZ Mausoleum in Mountain Quarter (Quartel de la Montana).

 

 


The ECTT delegation visit to Venezuela has given a new impetus to the relations between nations and their attendance to the world solidarity movement with Venezuela has being registered with gratitude by the people of the Caribbean nation, proudly building a revolution of freedom and dignity.

 


Venezuela it is blessed with an impressive diversity of natural treasures including crystalline beaches, dense jungles, expansive savannas and imposing mountains and we hope that the beautiful city of Caracas will have a fighting chance in WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM competition, stated ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


It will be an incredible boost for all Caribbean region concluded the President.

 





Caracas: a candidate city for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM





The telepheric connecting Caracas and Waraira Repano

 




Natural sanctuary of Waraira Repano

 




MIRAFLORES Presidential Palace: the beating heart of Venezuela welcomed ECTT President!

 




Cathedral of Caracas: a splendid architectural marvel.

 




Saint Francisc Church of Caracas.

ECTT PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA RECEIVES WORLD LEADERS LETTER

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on June 5, 2017 at 5:10 PM

The OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE had made public the world tourism institution support for the global implementation of Sustainable Development Goals on world academic community and instructed EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY to continue the impressive exertions developed in this direction.




President of United Nations General Assembly, Ambassador Peter Thomson had addressed a letter to the head of states and global leaders urging a better knowledge and acceptance of Sustainable Development Goals.

 

 

The re-enforced cooperation agreement to the implementation of SDG had come as a result of a general appeal from UN General Assembly President.

 


On April 19, 2017 H.E. President of United Nations General Assembly, Ambassador Peter Thomson had addressed a letter to the head of states and global leaders urging a better knowledge and acceptance of Sustainable Development Goals in the world and asking a universal effort for the implementation of SDG in learning process across the world.

 


The letter addressed to H.E. President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and to European Tourism Academy reads in part:


Everything I have learned as President of the United Nations General Assembly has convinced me that, taken together with the Paris Climate Agreement, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda provides humanity with the best chance we have to shape a sustainable way of life for our species upon this planet.


In pursuit of this high purpose, I am writing to you and every Head of Government of the Member States of the United Nations, with the request that national efforts are made to educate young people on the vital importance of the Sustainable Development Goals.


If every school curriculum in the world incorporates the Sustainable Development Goals, every school teaches them, and every young person on the planet is made aware of them as rights and responsibilities, the world will stand a very good chance of attaining the Goals by 2030.


I am pleased to advise, Excellency, that in support of the policies that your government may decide on the matter, tools are already available to help support SDG learning, such as those developed by UNICEF, UNESCO, the Global Partnership for Education and the “World’s Largest Lesson”.



INFORMATION`S ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS


European Council on Tourism and Trade has being from the start of Sustainable Development Goals inception and promotions, alongside the global efforts made to implement SDG in the life of every man, woman and child on this planet.


European Council on Tourism and Trade had created and pioneered the PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS SDG`s uniting world parliaments in the efforts to implement in their work and legislation measures dedicated to bring to life SDG in every nation.


The special programs of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION were also tailored and reconstructed in order to become a development booster, to buttress growth and economic opportunities for all the people of the world.


EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY is the only world academy that is offering SDG based courses and curriculum based on role of culture and development in carving a new and better future for as all.

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.

 

Further readings are available here:


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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