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Airports Council International supports “Medellin Statement on Tourism and Air Transport for Development”

17 September 2015 – Airports Council International (ACI) has voiced its support of the “Medellin Statement on Tourism and Air Transport for Development,” agreed upon at the Joint World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)/International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) High-Level Forum on Tourism and Air Transport for Development, which coincided with the convening of the 21st Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Medellin, Colombia on 14 September 2015.

The Statement aligns with many of ACI’s key messages, including the pivotal roles that tourism and air transport play in creating employment opportunities through their linkages to local economic activities, and the need to avoid unnecessary regulations and burdens, optimize connectivity and implement coordinated and holistic measures toward tourism and transport development.

The full Statement can be found at

“Worldwide, aviation is a key driver of economic growth, and airports are strong contributors to the strength and vibrancy of their local economies,” noted Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “The Medellin Statement effectively underscores the important role that aviation plays in the lives of billions of travellers a year. ACI will continue to work in parallel with UNWTO and ICAO at every opportunity to ensure that the social and economic benefits of aviation remain front and centre as the industry continues to grow safely and sustainably in the years to come.”

Notes to editors

1. Airports Council International (ACI), the only worldwide association of airports, has 591 member airport authorities, which operate 1,850 airports in 173 countries. ACI’s mission is to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations, and this mandate is carried out through the organization’s multiple training opportunities, as well as the customer service benchmarking programme, a wide range of conferences, industry statistical products and best practice publications.

2. To download a pdf version of this media release, please click here.

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ACI World
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