COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: A general view of Ohio Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)On Thursday afternoon, Ohio State announced athletic director Gene Smith will be leaving for a one-week vacation. This news comes in the midst of the school’s investigation into how Urban Meyer handled domestic violence allegations against one of his former coaches.It’s interesting timing for the AD of a major program to go on vacation – especially during an investigation into the program’s head football coach. However, one college football reporter revealed Smith will be available during his vacation.Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade, reported that while Smith is gone he will be available to speak with the investigative team.“Gene Smith is taking a week of vacation and is out of the office. He is available to speak with the investigative team,” the school said in a statement to Rowland.Ohio State Univ. spokesman tells me “Gene Smith is taking a week of vacation and is out of the office. He is available to speak with the investigative team.” The university “can’t comment further during the pending investigation.”— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 10, 2018Ohio State set a two-week timeline for the investigation, which suggests a conclusion will be reached by mid-August. Meanwhile, Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave, where he remains during the investigation.Meyer is not allowed to have any communication with the team during his absence. Ryan Day assumed interim head coaching duties while Meyer remains on leave.
The Conference, run by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aims to address the overlap between culture and tourism, tackling the question of how to harness the power of tourism and culture to alleviate poverty, create jobs, protect natural and cultural heritage and promote international understanding.“Today, cultural tourism – the world’s mosaic of art forms, heritage sites, festivals, traditions, and pilgrimages – is growing at an unprecedented rate,” said Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General. “Humanity’s curiosity about cultural heritage is the element that truly differentiates one destination from another.”Mr. Rifai described the growth of international tourism since the 1950s and the socio-economic contribution made by tourism, accounting for one out of every 11 jobs worldwide, as well as contributing nine per cent to global gross domestic product (GDP) and 30 per cent contribution to total global exports.Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, joined Mr. Rifai in looking forward to building a new, sustainable partnership that unites tourism and culture and said her goal was to create a positive mutually reinforcing dynamic between the two, working to build sustainability and to benefit local communities.“Our starting point is to safeguard culture under all its forms, from monuments to living heritage, encompassing traditions, festivals and the performing arts,” said Ms. Bokova. We do so, because culture is who we are. It shapes our identity and is a means to foster respect and tolerance among people.”She underlined the need to safeguard cultural heritage while moving ahead with sustainable tourism and said she believed that was the Conference’s core message, citing that vision as the route to promoting culture as a driver and enabler of sustainable development.Cambodia’s Minister of Tourism, Thong Khon, also welcomed delegates, looking forward to the event’s contribution to sustainable conservation and development of tourism and culture.