The Expert Meeting on Electronic Commerce and Tourism will take place in Geneva from 18 to 20 September 2000. The Meeting will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 18 September.
The provisional agenda for the meeting, together with the secretariat’s annotations thereto, is circulated as document TD/B/COM.3/EM.9/1.
The objective of the Meeting is to stimulate a wide-ranging exchange of views between experts and practitioners who have experienced and studied the impact of electronic commerce in the tourism industry. Based on these discussions, the Meeting is expected to produce a set of conclusions on the possibilities offered by electronic commerce to the tourism industry, in particular as an important export industry in many developing countries. The Meeting´s conclusions will be brought to the attention of the Commission on Enterprise, Business Facilitation and Development, at its first session from 22 to 26 January 2001. The Commission may establish ways by which UNCTAD could address the issue of electronic commerce and tourism and the participation of developing countries therein.
Member States are invited to nominate experts who will participate in the Meeting in a personal capacity. Participants are expected to have proven expertise in the subject and may be selected from the academic world, public and private sectors and NGOs. Representation from the enterprise world (especially SMEs), from the tourism sector (hotel management, tour operators, travel agents and brokers), as well as from related industries (including transport), is strongly encouraged.
With regard to financing the participation of developing countries´ experts in UNCTAD Expert Meetings in accordance with Trade and Development Board decision 456 (XLV), Governments of developing countries are requested to nominate one expert as a possible beneficiary of financing for this Expert Meeting. Nominations should be received at least four weeks before the Meeting, and should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae of the nominee, his or her address, phone number and fax number, and the name of a contact person in the relevant Geneva Permanent Mission. The Secretary-General of UNCTAD will base his decisions as to which experts should receive financing on the principle of equitable geographical representation, beneficiary needs and the expertise of the experts concerned. Once the list of experts has been finalized, the Secretary-General will have all travel arrangements made in accordance with United Nations financial rules and regulations, though, in order to cover as many experts as possible, use of the least costly travel fare will be authorized.
Upon arrival, participants are requested before entering the Palais des Nations to collect their badge at the UN Security Service, Villa Les Feuillantines, 13 Avenue de la Paix (just opposite the main entrance to the Palais on the Place des Nations). The Security Service is open from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs. (non-stop). It is advisable to come early in order to avoid last minute rushes and delays. Walking from Villa Les Feuillantines to the E-Building of the Palais (Bâtiment E) takes about 10 minutes. Participants are advised to carry a passport or similar identification document on them.
States members of UNCTAD wishing to nominate experts to the Meeting are requested to do so as early as possible and in any case no later than 21 August 2000. Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies, should they wish to participate in the Expert Meeting, as well as non-governmental organizations in the General Category and those in the Special Category wishing to participate as observers, are also requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat by the same date of the names of their representatives.
All communications concerning representation at the Expert Meeting should be sent to: UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Services, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland. (Tel: +41 22 907 5007; Fax: +41 22 907 0056; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). All other enquiries should be addressed to the Secretary of the Meeting, Tel: +41 22 907 4054.
Documentation will be available on the internet: www.unctad.org.
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
12 July 2000