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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

Bernard Metzger meets with World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General Taleb Rifai in Madrid

World-Tourism-Organisation-Secretary-General-Taleb-Rifai-And-Founder-Travelindex-Bernard-Metzger-UNWTOMadrid (Spain) – December 22, 2016 – During a recent trip to Europe, Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex paid a courtesy call on Dr. Taleb Rifai UNWTO Secretary-General. The visit was to brief the Secretary-General on the developments and commitment of Travelindex in promoting tourism as a major contributing factor to
economic development, international understanding, peace and prosperity, paying particular attention to the 157 UNWTO Member States. In attendance of the meeting were also Carlos Vogeler, UNWTO Executive Director, John Kester, Director Tourism Market Trends Programme and Sandra Carvao, Chief Communications and Publications at UNWTO.

Commenting on the visit of Bernard Metzger, the Secretary-General said it was always a pleasure to have such friends visiting the UNWTO Headquarters especially now that we are about the launch the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and we need all support to highlight tourism’s enormous potential to contribute to the development of all countries within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

World-Tourism-Organisation-Secretary-General-Taleb-Rifai-And-Executive-Team-With-Founder-Travelindex-Bernard-Metzger-UNWTOBernard said “This was a great privilege and immense honor having the opportunity to meet Dr. Taleb Rifai and his executive team in a one hour private meeting and to explore all avenues of cooperation between our two organizations, in particular in the promotion of lesser known destinations. Am grateful for the open discussions and for the time taken by the Secretary-General and his team in the very busy end of the year period”.

Travelindex has been a strong advocate of public-private partnerships for the tourism industry as a way to address social and economic problems that are difficult or impossible for a single entity to tackle such as greater sustainability, inclusiveness, alleviating poverty, increasing access to education and peace in our societies.

About Travelindex:
Travelindex is a company focused on developing data driven travel discovery and travel planning products. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions. 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.

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