The 2017 General Assembly of European Council on Tourism and Trade -ECTT has gathered in an all encompassing manifestation the leaders of world tourism, parliamentarians members of Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals, representatives of OSCE Bucharest Conference, Eurasia Conference and diplomatic corps accredited to European Council on Tourism and Trade.

President of world institution European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea (in the center) with Academician Mircea Constantinescu-European Tourism Academy (right) and Ambassadors from China PR, Philippines, Jordan, Turkey (left). 


President of world institution of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea presented to his guests the achievements of ECTT at the helm of global tourism: creating and launching the tourism and sustainable development goals program, starting the global recognition program for GLOBAL AMBASSADORS FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS, supporting growth and employment across the world with more than 100.000 jobs created by ECTT exertions and supporting humanitarian activity and investments in vulnerable corners of the world by tourism related programs.

ECTT has fulfilled for another year his mandate to offer KNOWLEDGE TO LEAD THE WORLD for a better future concluded President Dr. Anton Caragea in his welcoming message to the delegates.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea (in the center) surrounded by ECTT President Office team: Academician Mircea Constantinescu (left), Chairman Mihai Prundianu and rest of the team(to the right).


The main items of the ECTT Agenda for 2017 where focused around boosting the regional cooperation, layout plans for visa facilitation and the better promotion of European and world tourism.

On July 28, 2017 the session was destined to plenary works and on July 29 in a relaxed atmosphere, the General Assembly of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT), has taken under consideration the list of candidates for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2017.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and the team of ECTT President Office and Ambassadors awaiting the name of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2017. 


Before entering into the details the voting members decided to entrust to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and the team of ECTT President Office the mandate to select for 2017 and 2018 the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM winners in accordance with the world tourism institute ECTT status and bylaws.


The full power in selecting the world most important cultural designation for the above mentioned period was delegated to the authority of the ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


After receiving the results of vote from Presidential adviser Mr. Gabriel Rasvan , H.E. President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea announced his decision to bestow the highest cultural nomination to the city of PHNOM PENH, the capital of Kingdom of Cambodia.

The WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM status for Phnom Penh will bring the inscription of the city as a cultural and patrimony hub of global significance and will also entice the city role as a part of the AGENDA FOR HUMANITY UN program and as a center for the implementation of sustainable development goals in the country and in the region.


President Dr. Anton Caragea lauded the Kingdom of Cambodia role in global fostering of tourism development, growth and economic development and in becoming a world model of SDG implementation.

Phnom Penh is practically littered with religious monuments, with incredible cultural artifacts with a beaming historical patrimony spanning for over 600 years and encompassing from Angkor type architectures and temples to colonial typical quarters all enveloped in a recent magnificent development.


The proposal of ECTT leader was approved by acclamation`s by all present on the venue and the office of the President of European Council on Tourism and Trade being empowered to make the necessary actions to bring to fruition the decision to inscribe PHNOM PENH as a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM awardee.

Starting the debate on WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2017 according to the new protocol for discussions the representatives of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY have proposed one candidature per continent out of the 29 registered countries.


European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates from 28 countries are posing for a photo with world tourism leader: Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

Academician Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy, presented the list of candidates and the list of reports and accompanying evaluations for each of the 29 countries registered candidatures.


Academician Mircea Constantinescu stressed the need for a strict observance of Chatham House rules of discretion and in order to comply with the rules and regulation of World Institution – ECTT.

Academician Ionut Costea outlining the African candidatures, Academician Mircea Constantinescu the Asian and Academician President E. Constantinescu the Latin and Central American candidatures.

Scrutinizing of the remaining 3 top candidature files was made, in the initial stages, by the European Tourism Academy team, who drafted a preliminary report disseminated among the ECTT members.

ECTT Chairman –Mihai Prundianu stated for the audience the remarkable achievements of the 2016 award winner – Kingdom of Cambodia who ended the year with over 1,2 million tourists supplementary and derived tourism income in the margin of 2 billion dollars.

Phnom Penh became the most rapidly growing city in Asia in terms of the rise in number of tourists.

Cambodia enjoyed also a large presence in the media with over 80.000 tourism related articles promoting the country as the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION.


Cambodia has being, surpassing all the countries in the region in terms of tourism, appreciated Academician Mircea Constantinescu.


ECTT Academician HUN SEN, the Kingdom of Cambodia revered Prime Minister.


ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea marked also the world tourism institution determination to continue a special relation with Cambodia and Academician HUN SEN, the Kingdom prime minister that we come to know and love and who entered in our hearts forever, concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

With the acceptance of the report by Chairman Mihai Prundianu on CAMBODIA, the debate on the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2017 was declared opened according to the decision of ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


The delegates decided to entrust the tile of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2017 for the Emirate of DUBAI, part of United Arab Emirates. The decision was based on the tourism driven economy experiment of Dubai, a unique experiment in the world that must be uphold-ed together with the unique micro-cosmos of the city that is blending Arab and Islamic culture with the latest technologies.

Another important aspect was the fact that with European Council on Tourism and Trade the city of Dubai was elected as host of World Expo 2020 a designation that not only showcase the global clout of ECTT but is also an obligation for world tourism institute of support Dubai preparations for 2020 event.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) accepted the main report, encompassing the decision that Dubai has emerged as the victorious candidate.


Finally the venues for the festivities for WORLD TOURISM DAY 2017 where  discussed and decided on the fringes of European Tourism Council gathering with Dubai, Phnom Penh and ECTT headquarters decided as the main centers for the global tourism day.

After voting a congratulatory table was extended for the guests and than european tourism leaders where invited to enjoy a two-day trip to Danube Delta at the official diplomatic partner hotel in the area: PUFLENE RESORT.

A moment of relaxation for ECTT delegates after two overloaded day`s.

On 29 and 30 July 2017, the delegates were taken to a familiarization trip in Danube Lake District and Danube Delta and will have a chance to visit the famous Enisala fortress in Dobrogea with a unique opportunity to discover European touristic treasures.


The decision to direct the discovery trip towards Danube Delta has come naturally, as on May 2017, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, World Tourism President decided to proclaimed 2017 as the YEAR FOR DANUBE DELTA DISCOVERY.