Representatives from the Angeles City government attended a tourism conference organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Siam Reap,Cambodia last February 4-6, 2015.
Headed by Angeles City’s first lady, Mrs. Herminia D. Pamintuan; Angeles City’s Tourism Officer, Dr. Richard G. Daenos; and Angeles City Tourism Office’s Division Head for Planning and Product Development, Ms.Charisse Z. Guintu, delegates of the city attended the world conference with the goal to further advance Angeles City’s tourism.
Dr. Daenos stated, “Attending the UNWTO/UNESCO Conference is an opportunity to share and learn experiences with the rest of the International Community highlighting best practices on cultural tourism”.
With the theme “Building a New Partnership”, the event is a first where Ministers of Tourism and Ministers of Culture from all over the world gathered to “explore the different roles and mandates to advance sustainable cultural tourism, and foster ways to build a new paradigm of collaboration.”
Along with the delegates from Angeles City, the conference was attended by over 900 participants from all over the world to convene in this very important meeting for tourism and culture.
Some of the speakers of the conference were King Simeon II, former Prime Minister of Bulgaria and HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Chairman of the Board and President of the Saudi Commission of Tourism and Antiquities. There were also panel discussions that had resource speakers such as Charles Binam Bikoi, Executive Secretary of the Centre on Research and Documentation on African Traditions and Languages, John King, Chairman of the Australian Tourism Export Council, along with other three panelists who discussed about “Promoting and Safeguarding Culture”. Amareswar Galla, Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum and Jeasung Rhee, Executive Vice President for International Tourism, Korea Tourism Organization, who took part of the panel that tackled “Living Cultures and Creative Industries”. Kishore Rao, Director of World Heritage Centre UNESCO and Neb Samouth, Director General of Tourism of the Cambodia Ministry of Tourism,who discussed the topic on “Linking People Along Cultural Tourism Routes”. While the topic on “Urban Regeneration through Cultural Tourism” were discussed by H.E. Sandra Howard Taylor, Vice-Minister of Tourism of Colombia, and Javier Bello, President of World Heritage Cities of Spain, along with three other panelists.
His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Baromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, and Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, also graced the event to welcome the participants in their country.