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Travelindex Endorsed as World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Member

Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization UNWTO and Bernard Metzger, Founder of TravelindexMadrid (Spain) – September 26, 2017 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) officially approved Travelindex affiliate membership application, adding to a group whose members include such prestigious institutions as CNN, World Tourism Forum Lucerne, Club Med, European Travel Commission, International Air Transport Association (IATA), Hong Kong Tourism Board, Amadeus, George Washington University, Colorado State University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – School of Hotel and Tourism Management (HTM).

The Travelindex application for UNWTO Affiliate Membership has been approved by the Executive Council at its 106th session, and has been ratified at the 22nd Session of the UNWTO General Assembly held in September 2017 in Chengdu, China. The UNWTO Affiliate Members Programme recognizes the great potential in collaborating with organizations in generating global sustainable wealth through enhanced tourism knowledge, ethical and responsible principles and joint initiatives.

“We’re truly honored to have been approved as a UNWTO Affiliate Member and to become part of an incredible array of passionate organizations, destinations, NGOs and educational institutions all committed to the UNWTO Mission of promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.” said Mr Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex.

Bernard added “We’re thrilled to be a part of the UNWTO family which will provide an unrivalled opportunity to share and exchange best practice with other members, as well as jointly participate in projects, events and other mutual learning activities. At the same time, through active participation, we’ll be able to share our expertise and experience helping destinations and organizations across the world develop and evolve digital cultures.”

About the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO):
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world. UNWTO’s membership includes 156 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 500 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities. For more, visit

About Travelindex:
Our vision is to become the de-facto digital connectivity node for the travel and tourism industry. The Travelindex portfolio of products includes over 70 destination reference tools and one of the world’s largest, open and curated, database on travel and tourism covering 241 countries and territories. Our integrated platform is fast emerging as the central channel in destination and travel knowledge. Travelindex puts a priority on the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill. For more, visit

Travelindex Supports Alain St.Ange for World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – March 28, 2017 – Bernard A. Metzger, the Founder & Director of the highly respected Travelindex Media has come out with a strong letter of endorsement for Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the position of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Alain St.Ange from the Seychelles is one of the seven candidates contesting the May elections to head the UN Tourism Body. Armenia, Brazil, Columbia, Georgia, Korea, Seychelles and Zimbabwe are the countries that are in the running with candidates already accepted by the UNWTO Madrid Office.

In his letter Bernard A. Metzger, the Founder & Director of Travelindex Media says:- “I am following the process of selecting the next World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General and, as you well know, I am one of your greatest supporter and admirer and few in your position have achieved so much for world tourism. I humbly have the following recommendation to make which I’m doing on my own accord and based on my very personal opinion.

As Founder of Travelindex, one of the world’s largest travel content distribution and destination marketing platform, connecting directly over 800,000 travel companies in 241 countries and territories worldwide, I declare herewith my support for the Seychelles bid for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and stand behind Alain St.Ange without hesitation.

I have seen Mr St.Ange as Head of the Seychelles Tourism Board and then as Minister and his enthusiasm and passion for tourism has never been greater. His success is a tribute to his hard work. I can think of no better person to become Secretary General of the UNWTO; Alain St.Ange is charged with an infectious energy and excitement over the future in world tourism. He places people and culture at the very heart of tourism and his fundamental belief is that tourism must be good for everyone, it must benefit every country and all people in the world.

Mr. St. Ange said “The world must come together. We must connect and need to embrace each others’ ideas.” A statement perfectly aligned with our own slogan “Connecting Travel People” and our vision of making the world a better place by enabling universal and equitable access to data and information.

Without reservation, I support and recommend Mr. Alain St.Ange for the post of UNWTO Secretary-General as I know that he is dedicated, hardworking and truly devoted to make world tourism work for everybody and a force for good”.

Travelindex is a PATA Preferred Partner from Kong Kong and speaks to the tourism trade at large. As a known and respected tourism partner, Mr Bernard A. Metzger has now started communicating to UNWTO Member States to make his choice of candidates for Secretary General of the UNWTO known.

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View the video with Alain St.Ange’s Statement of Intend as World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Candidate