The World Tourism Network Declaration for the G20 Summit in Bali 2022

The World Tourism Network Declaration for the G20 Summit in Bali 2022

The World Tourism Network Declaration, first signed in Bali and Honolulu on October 9, 2022, states:


  1. The G20 Bali Summit 2022 is an important international political and economic government event.
  2. The global pandemic tested the entire world, including G20 economies, with travel and tourism economies hit the hardest.
  3. The tourism sector exemplifies resilience, confirming synergy with other economically important sectors.
  4. The world-famous island of tranquility is a major tourist location.
  5. This island is the host of this G20 meeting. It is hoped that 20 heads of state shall attend.
  6. The president of Indonesia, as a host country on a personal visit, invited the presidents of Russia and Ukraine.
  7. Considering the global situation, the G20 plays a vital role in the world’s future, including our travel sector.
  8. Like any convention or meeting, the G20 relies on the Travel and Tourism Industry’s meeting and incentive sector (MICE) to play a major supporting role, including food preparation and lodging accommodations.
  9. The travel and tourism sector reflects more than 10% of the global economy.
  10. The World Tourism Network’s mission, with members in 128 countries, is to be a voice for the tourism industry’s small and medium enterprises, which constitute up to 85% of our travel sector.
  11. Bali is also known as the peaceful Island of the Gods.
  12. Tourism is the custodian of peace as established by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT)
  13. UNWTO sees Tourism as the main bridge for building understanding. It has a unique ability to promote peace between and among people everywhere.
  14. Tourism and travel provide an understanding, which adds empathy.
  15. Public and private global collaborations and cooperation are crucial for the sector’s future.

WTN requests

  • World Tourism Network calls on all G20 participants to be an ambassador of world peace and remember that tourism cannot function without peace.
  • The WTN calls upon the G20 leaders to recognize the important role of tourism, specifically in creating peace through understanding and empathy.
  • The WTN also calls upon the G20’s leadership to recognize the Bali tourism industry’s important role in ensuring this summit is a logistical success.

The WTN Bali Declaration is originally signed by WTN leaders:

  • Mudi Astuti, Chairwoman of World Tourism Network Indonesian Chapter
  • Juergen Steinmetz, Chairman
  • Dr. Peter Tarlow, President
  • Alain St. Ange, VP of International Affairs
  • Dr. Walter Mzembi, Chairman African Chapter
  • Mohammed Hakim Ali, Chairman Bangladesh Chapter
  • Aleksandra Gardasevic-Slavuljica, Chairwomen Montenegro Chapter & Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism Montenegro
  • Arvind Nayer, Vintage Travel & Tours & WTN Zimbabwe Chapter
  • Ivan Liptuga, National Tourism Organization of Ukraine
  • Cuthbert Ncube, Chairman African Tourism Board
  • Louis D’Amore, Founder of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism
  • Rudolf Herrmann, Chairman WTN Chapter Malaysia

Leaders in Bali endorse the Declaration:

  • Ida Bagus Agung Parta Adnyana, Chairman of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB)
  • Levie Lantu, CEO of Bali Convention and Exhibition Bureau (BaliCEB)
  • Trisno Nugroho, Director of the Central Bank of Indonesia Bali
  • Ratna Ningshi Eka Soebrata, PATA Bali & NT Chapter
  • Gusti Suranata, ICA, Bali
  • Jimmi Saputra, Pegasus Indonesia Travel, Bali
  • Lydia Dewi Setiawan, West Java
  • Hidayat Wanasuita,, Bali
  • Prof. Ikrar,Cchairman AWMI Assosiasi Wisata Medis, Indonesia
  • Agung Suryawan Wiranatha, Bali, Indonesia
  • Gede Ardiana, Bali, Indonesia
  • Ketut Jaman, Bali, Indonesia
  • Febe L. Indah Rahayu, Bali Tourism Board, Indonesia
  • Agus Suananda, Elevate Bali, Bali, Indonesia
  • Fabe L Indah Rahayu, NCPI Bali, Indonesia
  • Dwi Yanbi SM, Bali, Indonesia
  • Handra Pramana, Indonesia
  • Ninik Hartani, Jakarta, Indonesia

Cosigned by:

  • Jeannine Litmanowicz, Magic Balkans, Israel
  • Mega Ramasamy, Association Airline Ambassadors, Mauritius
  • Mathieu Hoeberigs, World Sports Office, Belgium
  • Gottfried Pattermann, Tipps Media & Verlag, Germany
  • Arvind Nayer, Vintage Travel & Tours, Zimbabwe
  • Sanjay Datta, Airborne Holidays, India
  • Zoltan Somogyi, Hungary
  • Shuaibu Chiroma Hassan, Isa Kaita College of Education, Nigeria
  • Birgit Trauer, The Cultural Age, Australia
  • Georges Kahy, Touristica, Canada
  • Dawood Auleear, Alif Society, Mauritius
  • John Rinaldi, Travel Time, FL, USA
  • Sunday Campbell, Aerostan Ventures, Nigeria
  • Jean Baptiste Nzabonimpa, Afrika Tourism Advisory & Conversation Center, Rwanda
  • Stephenie Harte, Frogmore Creek Winery, Tasmania, Australia
  • Jane Rai, Going Places Tour, Malaysia
  • Hassan Hassan, Fukwe Tours, Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Ransford Tamaklie, Discover Africa Destinations Tourism & Trading, Accra, Ghana
  • Sameer Patil, Mumbai, India
  • Max Haberstroh, International Consultant Sustainable Tourism, Germany
  • Manajah Nii Tetteh Nixon, Music and Creativity International, Accra, Ghana
  • Audrey Higbee, CA, USA
  • Fernando Enrique Dozo, Academia Argentina de Turismo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Mario Folchi, Argentine Academy of Tourism, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Moses Johnson, H-View Travel & Tours, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Oluwasogo Adebanwo, Folasogo Multi Intl., Oyoi State, Nigeria
  • Mohamed Elsherbini, King Tut Tours, CA, USA
  • Maria Corazon Evangelista, Palawan, Philippines
  • Chibuike Uzoma Austine, Imo, Nigeria
  • Shreeya Chaudhary, India
  • Dilli Raj Upadhaya, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Lorraine Keenam, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Nana Kofi Adu-nsiah, Accra, Ghana
  • Abiodun Gholahan Seriki, Ogun, Nigeria
  • Mamduh Satti, Shamallia, Sudan
  • Gabriel Arsene, Bucharest, Romania
  • Ashraf el Gedawy, Cairo, Egypt
  • Yoni Shapira, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Roger Carter, Edinburgh, U.K.
  • Santiago Ribeiro, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Francoise Kameni Lele, Quimper, France
  • Abdul Aziz Rajab, Dubai, UAE
  • Alioune Niang, Louga, Senegal
  • Mani R. Lamichhane, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Austin Ruiz Lanuza, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Jackie Lou Relleve, Philippines
  • Josep Matas, Barcelona, Spain
  • Mahendra Balasuriya, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
  • Precious Sibiya, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Sujata Mariwalla, India
  • Ramsey Lewis, Sabah, Malaysia
  • Astina Kabbi, Virginia, USA
  • Arturo Crosby, Madrid, Spain
  • Issoufou Adamou Hassane, Niamey, Niger
  • Stephen Brown, Cruise Brothers, NY, USA
  • Dr. P.M. Mujeep, Kerala Vocational Education, Kerala, India
  • Mario Masciullo, Journalist, Rome, Italy
  • Tony Ofungi, journalist, Kampala, Uganda
  • Shantall Ramatsui, Shantai PR, South Africa
  • Arwin Sharma, Equator Odyssey travel, Ipoh, Malaysia
  • Lucia Simelane-Ochsb, Nelspruit, South Africa
  • Chandragupta Amritkar, Global Features, Mumbai, India
  • Benjamin Carey, Edinburgh, UK
  • John Fontaine, Tropical Destination Vacations, NM, USA
  • Imran Ahmad, CNN, ON, Canada
  • June Mukherjee, The Asian Footprints, India
  • Elisabeth Lang, Global Links, Munich, Germany
  • Viceriat Patrick, AFEST, IIle de France, French Southern Territories
  • Abbey Mugalu, Equator Air Travel, Kampala, Uganda
  • Shuaibu Chiroma Hassan, Isa Kaita College, Katsina, Nigeria
  • Nicholas Kisambuka, Rombu Cultural and Ecotourism, Tanzania
  • Rudolf Herrmann, WTN Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
  • Eddy Arnold Khosa, Magelevendze Lodge, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Deme Mouhamed Faouzou, Minister of Tourism & Transportation, Dakar, Senegal
  • Sandeep Dayal, Journeymart, New Delhi, India
  • Asif Iqbal, Indian Economic Trade Organization, Bangalore, India
  • Mokhlesur Rahman, Bangladesh Tourism Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Serhat Akpinar, Democratic Party, Girne, North Cyprus (Turkey)
  • Christian Rukundo, Kigali Hospitality Agency, Kigali, Rwanda
  • Birgit Trauer, The Cultural Angle, Breman, Germany
  • Barbatunde Jimoh, Vanguard Newspaper, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Queen Aderemi, Places & Lifestyle, Osun, Nigeria
  • Dagmar Schreiber, Journalist, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
  • Apolinary Tairom Journalist, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Rizwan Sayed, NRI News 24×7, Pune, India
  • Charlotte Koch, UK
  • Swaati Chaudhury, West Bengal, India
  • Eniola Agidi, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Kenny Lloyd Dacer, Klyynd International Travel, Samai, Philippines
  • Diana McIntyre-Pike, Countrystyle Community Tourism Network, Manchester, Jamaica
  • Regina Fischer- Cohen, journalist, Germany
  • Trinka John, Western Region, Uganda
  • Bo Holmgreen, NC, USA
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Max Haberstroh
1 year ago

Depressing news these days on more War and less Peace should not prevent us from using flashbacks as lessons learnt, and the interrogative still seems appropriate: Would the time preceding the present war situation not have justified the committed interference of Travel & Tourism, as ingenious attempts, with its peak organizations UNWTO and WTTC, to help renew the dialogue among the antagonists, long before bombs had fallen, visibly and forcefully, on behalf of the idea to make “Peace through Tourism – even though not only”? One might counter, what for? Were not scores of Western politicians on the knocker in Moscow, banging their heads against a brick wall? Time was tight, however, obviously too tight to correct earlier decisions.Maybe time is right now, with the Bali G20 Summit providing the gorgeous frame to the fissured patchwork of global leaders.

It is easy to buckle to ‘Goliath’-like mighty political hardliners, to shy away from the powerful oil and gas lobbies with their illusive cross-sector tentacles, or to surrender to the notorious military-industrial complex. Nonetheless, recent experiences provide a telling argument to little ‘Davids’ who have caused those ‘Goliaths’ tremendous headache and ourselves strong lessons: with highly motivated Ukrainians ferociously fighting outnumbered Russian invaders – and earlier with Talibans on motorbikes and Viet-Congs in rubber sandals with kalashnikovs, fervor and local support. All of them were challenging high-tech armies, doubtful as they were, and on foreign soil.

Can Tourism assume the role of another ‘David’? As the presumed number-one peace industry disposing of a manifold set of ‘communication tools’ par excellence, Travel & Tourism provides a potentially strong voice to peace, justice and human dignty.The World Tourism Network (WTN) has set promising milestones.The sector cannot steal itself away from political commitment and responsibility. Instead, Travel & Tourism should spearhead the branding and marketing of countries and their aspirations of places to live, to work, to invest and to travel to. Travel & Tourism can use its integal properties to cross-promote countries and all their assets, including as attracive travel destinations, knowing that true peace is encompassing and therefore paramount.

Katongo Lungo
Katongo Lungo
1 year ago

Thank you Jurgen and Peter for championing Tourism development across the World

Katongo Lungo
Katongo Lungo
1 year ago

G20 should help Zambia in upgrading Kasaba Bay Airport Lake Tanganyika Northern Province in Zambia this area has been neglected the area has good tourist attractions namely Sumbu National Park and Lake Tanganyika  

Lucky Chhetri
1 year ago

Great initiation WTN ! congratulations 

Manajah Nii Tetteh Nixon
Manajah Nii Tetteh Nixon
1 year ago

World Tourism Network empowering international tourism industry

Cuthbert Ncube
1 year ago

Great initiative Mr Juergen Steinmetz always at your best in contributing torwards a sustainable Tourism drive.