In a few weeks’ time, the Executive Council will go to the polls to elect the next Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization and we will are profiling all six candidates here on www.touristswatch.com. We begin with Márcio Favilla, the Brazilian nominee who has worked so hard to make Brazil a tourism hotbed and continue to contribute his quota to world tourism at the UNWTO.
Mr. Márcio Favilla currently serves as Executive Director for Operational Programmes and Institutional Relations at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) since 2014. Between January 2010 and December 2013 he held the position of Executive Director for Competitiveness, External Relations and Partnerships.
Before joining UNWTO, Mr. Favilla was Vice Minister at the Secretariat of Institutional Relations of the Presidency of Brazil from April 2007 to December 2009.
Prior to this appointment, he was Brazil’s first Vice Minister of Tourism (2003-2007) where he played a key role in the structuring and management of the first exclusive Ministry of Tourism in Brazil.
During his term as Vice Minister of Tourism he was actively involved in the design of the 1st National Tourism Plan and implementation of its five key objectives related to international arrivals and receipts, domestic tourism development, product diversification and job generation.
He was also engaged in many of UNWTO’s activities as head of the Brazilian delegation to all General Assembly and Executive Council sessions in that period and as Chairman of the UNWTO Commission for the Americas in 2006.
From 1999 to 2001 he served at the Ministry of Development, Industry and International Trade as industrial policy coordinator and Head of the National Department for Business Registry. In 2002 he joined Invest Brazil, the country’s investment promotion agency, as its Director for Institutional Relations.
Mr. Favilla started his professional career in Belo Horizonte where he held several managerial positions at the Development Bank of Minas Gerais and at the State Secretariat for Finance of Minas Gerais, including as Head of the State Treasury, from 1980 to 1998, before joining the Brazilian federal government in 1999.
Mr. Favilla has a Master of Arts in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, where he specialized in Regional Development Planning (1985-1986). He obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1979).
A Brazilian national, Márcio Favilla speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish and French, is married, has two children and was born in 1958.