“It is a huge honor to have Edwin Leslie and Leslie Hospitality as a part of the United Nations World Tourism Organization,” said Kyrsten Sinema, U.S. Representative from Arizona's 9th congressional district.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) June 04, 2013
By unanimous vote of its Executive Council, The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), elected Phoenix based Leslie Hospitality Consulting, LLC as an affiliate member. The UNWTO, a specialized Agency of the United Nations, held the vote on May 27, 2013 during its 95th session in Belgrade, Serbia. Leslie Hospitality Consulting will be represented by its President and CEO, Edwin W. Leslie.
“We are pleased to welcome LESLIE HOSPITALITY CONSULTING to the World Tourism Organization. Leslie Hospitality’s knowledge and potential for collaboration for creating a tourism sector that is more ethical, responsible and able to generate wealth around the world, will enhance the UNWTO’s efforts and activities,” stated Yolanda Perdomo, Director of UNWTO Affiliate membership. “Together the UNWTO and Leslie Hospitality will work to improve the tourism sector for the benefit of the wider international community.”
Leslie Hospitality Consulting joins the exclusive ranks of an organization spanning 155 countries. In the United States there are 16 members, and Leslie Hospitality is the first and only member based in the State of Arizona. The World Tourism Organization 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.
“It is a huge honor to have Edwin Leslie and Leslie Hospitality as a part of the United Nations World Tourism Organization,” said Kyrsten Sinema, U.S. Representative from Arizona's 9th congressional district. “Edwin brings a wealth of knowledge to the international tourism round table. As the consummate hospitality professional he knows what it takes to promote travel and tourism worldwide. He will be a great spokesman for Arizona and the United States as we strive to welcome the world to our door.”
“The world of tourism has grown so much since I joined the industry 30 years ago. I am excited to be a part of an organization that celebrates all facets of diversity and understands the importance of inclusion worldwide,” stated Edwin Leslie, Managing Member of Leslie Hospitality Consulting. “I hope to bring a perspective that helps broaden the potential for all people to travel and enjoy the planet we share as well as deepen the industry’s knowledge base so that the business of tourism can grow and prosper.” As a new member of the UNWTO, Leslie Hospitality joins some of the industry’s most prestigious organizations including Meeting Planners International and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association.
About The World Tourism Organization
The UNWTO is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. UNWTO’s membership includes 155 countries throughout the world, and approximately 400 affiliate members worldwide representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.
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.