India is hosting the 25th Joint Meeting of UNWTO Commissions for East Asia & the Pacific and South Asia in Hyderabad on 12th and 13th April 2013. The Joint Commission meetings will be a two day event. The meeting will be held in Hyderabad and will be co-hosted by Andhra Pradesh Tourism. . The delegates will comprise of heads of Tourism Ministries/ Departments and UNWTO officials.
Countries participating in the Conference.
Commission of South Asia members (UNWTO)
- LR of Iran
- Sri lanka
Commission for East Asia and Pacific members (UNWTO)
- Lao PDR
- Papua New Guinea
- Republic of korea
- Timor leste
Venue : Falaknuma palace, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Falaknuma Palace is also known as the ’mirror of the sky‘ because at 2000 feet, Built in 1894, it took ten years and four million rupees for its magnificent, physical evolution in the shape of a scorpion. Designed by British architect William Mard Marret, the Palace took a rumored 22 years to perfect and has been owned in turn by Sir Vicar-Ul-Umra, PM of the State of Hyderabad, Nizam Mahboob Ali Pasha and Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur.
Bought over in 1895 and used as the residence of Nizam VI until 1911, Falaknuma Palace later went on to be used as a royal guesthouse for dignitaries, including free India's first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad who availed of its famed, lavish hospitality in 1951. The echoes of visiting European monarchs, the Duke of Windsor, heads of state and distinguished governors can still be heard in this newly refurbished inner sanctum of Hyderabad.
Since 1995, The Taj Group of Hotels has sensitively restored the palace not only to accommodate the privileged in 60 glamorous rooms and suites, but also to accommodate the extravagance of the ’then‘ with all the comfort of the ’now‘.