Tourism Society Fellows' and Members' Lunch 2018

Thursday March 15, 2018


Invitation to presentation lunch

with Dr Taleb Rifai, former Secretary-General of UNWTO


Thursday March 15, 12.15-14.30

Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington High Street


Taleb Rifai is a distinguished Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization, who has recently retired after two terms at its head. In his time at UNWTO he has done much to restore and enhance its international reputation, and has also lent constant support to The Tourism Society. In recent years a close professional partnership has developed between UNWTO and the Tourism Consultants Network.

At its last board meeting, the Committee agreed to offer Dr Rifai an Honorary Fellowship of the Society, which he has been pleased to accept. He will be travelling to London for a lunch on Thursday March 15th, organised by TCN, at which the award will be made and when he will talk about his life and career in an informal environment. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Taleb Rifai has certainly enjoyed an unusually interesting and varied career. A professor of architecture for 20 years at the University of Jordan, he became involved in policy making and investment strategy for the Jordanian Government, being appointed Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, then Minister of Information. In 2001, his portfolio was expanded to include the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, where he established Jordan’s first Archaeological Park in the ancient city of Petra in collaboration with UNESCO and the World Bank. He also realised several large projects in Jerash, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum. As Minister of Tourism, he was the Chairman of the Jordan Tourism Board, President of the Amman School for Tourism and Hospitality and was elected Chairman of the Executive Council of UNWTO in 2001.

Lunch will be in the very attractive ground-floor Garden Room at the Royal Garden Hotel, which overlooks Kensington Gardens. Please book now to be sure of a seat.

Price, to include two courses, two small glasses of wine, coffee, VAT and service:

Fellows and TCN members £47.00

Tourism Society Members and Guests £52.00



Venue Information

Royal Garden Hotel
Kensington Hight Street


W8 4PT

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