Mr. Rifai further highlighted Spain’s positive results in terms of international tourism and congratulated her for the nature of her consolidated leadership as the third most visited country in the world; and more significantly, as the second country in the world in terms of income generated by international tourism. The President of the Xunta of Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo highlighted the numerous roles played by tourism such as its contribution to cultural understanding and peace, making people better by bringing out the best in them as well as making them silent ambassadors of their countries.He also pledged the council’s commitment to making tourism a true force for sustainable development worldwide.
The meeting was attended by over 170 participants from 54 UNWTO Members States (31 Executive Council Members and 23 observer countries) as well as representatives of the UNWTO Associate and Affiliate Members. The Executive Council is UNWTO's governing board, responsible for ensuring that the Organization carries out its work and adheres to its budget. It meets at least twice a year and is composed by Members elected by the UNWTO General Assembly in a ratio of one for every five Full Members. As host country of UNWTO´s Headquarters, Spain has a permanent seat on the Executive Council. Representatives of the Associate Members and Affiliate Members participate in Executive Council meetings as observers