Sri Lanka will host the 32nd Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and Pacific (CAP) and the UNWTO Commission for South Asia (CSA) virtually today.
This is UNWTO’s principal annual event in the Asia and the Pacific Region and was scheduled to be hosted by Sri Lanka Tourism in Colombo from 29 June to 1 July.
However, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global restrictions on international travel, it was decided not to hold a physical meeting this year as it was initially planned. Therefore, CAP-CSA will be held virtually today under the theme ‘Impacts of COVID-19 on the tourism sector and the recommendations for the recovery process’.
The meeting will be attended by the Secretary-General of UNWTO including the UNWTO Officials, Tourism Ministers of Asia and the Pacific region. Sri Lanka will be represented by Tourism and Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Secretary S. Hettiarachchi and Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando.
Sri Lanka has also been given the opportunity to host the 33rd joint meeting of the two Commissions next year in Colombo.