The second T.20 Ministers' Meeting was held in Bueyo (Republic of Korea) on October 11-13, 2010. Alexander Radkov, Deputy Head of Russiatourism, took part in this meeting upon the instruction of the Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation.
According to established tradition, the meeting of ministers of tourism and heads of national tourism administrations took place on the eve of the upcoming G20 Summit to be held in Korea; therefore, the main idea of the agenda was to deliver the opinion of experts on the role and importance of tourism in the contemporary world to the heads of the globe's twenty most developed countries.
This meeting summed up the results of decisions of the previous Т.20 Meeting, which took place in Johannesburg in February of this year, and confirmed the relevance of previously-drawn conclusions with respect to new economic studies — the growth, opportunities and economic impact of tourism is indisputable, both in developed countries and throughout the entire world.
Alexander Radkov, Deputy Head of Russiatourism, delivered a speech at the conference. In his speech, he relayed the concept of the federal target program for the development of incoming and domestic tourism through 2016, as adopted by the Russian Government. According to him, many countries are currently developing such national programs.
As Alexander Radkov noted, meeting participants expressed the common opinion that, under current conditions, the time has come for the adoption of long-term strategies for tourism development by member countries of the summit.
An important role in development of the tourism industry is played by education. According to the deputy head of the Russian tourism authority, the need for qualified employees in the sphere of tourism has become pressing. This means higher employment, improvements in service quality, and the overall sustainability of the tourism sector. At the same time, business must also be involved in the development of training programs in order for future specialists to be able to count on guaranteed jobs and have the requisite practical skills upon graduation from educational institutions. It is the task of the state to promote the prestige of the profession.
In order to pursue its aims, Т.20 decided further «to continue joint activities in the exchange of information and best practices, as well as to reinforce the analytical framework, which supports the ability of tourism to contribute to economic growth and development. At the same time, Т.20 is relying on full-fledged support by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and other international organizations, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the International Trade Centre (ITC)».