Regional Programme

7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism

Location

Seoul
Republic of Korea
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7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism (16-19 September, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
16 September 2018 - 19 September 2018
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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is organizing the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism: A 2030 Vision for Urban Tourism, on 16-19 September, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, jointly with the Seoul Metropolitan Government and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, the Korea Tourism Organization and the Seoul Tourism Organization. 

The Summit provides a unique platform to discuss the key issues shaping the future of urban tourism in the context of the 2030 Urban Agenda. It brings together high-level representatives from National Tourism Administrations, city authorities and related stakeholders, serving as a platform to exchange experiences and expertise and set a shared vision on urban tourism that embraces innovation, digital transformation and sustainability.

Final Programme, including Speakers' bios
General Information Note
Press Release (post-event)
Press Release (pre-event)


Presentation of UNWTO Report on ‘Overtourism? Understanding and managing urban tourism growth beyond perceptions’
Click here for the extracted Executive Summary of this publication.
Press Release


Keynote Address by Mr. B. Joseph Pine II, Cofounder of the Strategic Horizons LLP

High Level Panel: Urban Tourism in 2030 

SESSION 1: Looking Towards 2030: An Innovative Approach to Competitiveness in Urban Destinations 

SESSION 2: The 4th Industrial Revolution Shaping the Future of Urban Tourism 

SESSION 3: Urban Tourism and the Rejuvenation of Cities 

SESSION 4: Fair and Inclusive Tourism: Building cities for all 

Closing session

 


To view all the photos of the Summit, please click on the image below

7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism


Previous Summits

6th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism, 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

5th UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism, 2016, Luxor, Egypt

4th UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism, 2015, Marrakesh, Morocco

3rd UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism, 2014, Barcelona, Spain

 

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International Seminar on Women’s Empowerment in the Tourism Sector

Locations

Asunción
Paraguay
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Paraguay
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Paraguay
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Yes
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International Seminar on Women’s Empowerment in the Tourism Sector
12 April 2018
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Why women empowerment in tourism matters?

The importance of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls has been underscored in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 5- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. Gender equality implies a society in which women and men enjoy the same opportunities, outcomes, rights and obligations in all spheres of life (UNPFA, 2017). A critical aspect of promoting gender equality is the empowerment of women, with a focus on identifying and redressing power imbalances and giving women full autonomy to manage their own lives. Women’s empowerment is vital to sustainable development and the realization of the human rights for all. Moreover, evidence shows that promoting equality will speed up the progress towards the achievement of the SDGs, (UNICEF, 2011) and must be a central part of any strategy to create more sustainable and inclusive economies and societies (OECD, 2014).  Read more

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For further information on the 63rd meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas, please click here.

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63rd meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas

Locations

Asunción
Paraguay
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Paraguay
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63rd meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas
13 April 2018
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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in conjunction with the National Secretariat of Tourism of Paraguay (SENATUR) has the pleasure to invite UNWTO Members to the celebration of the statutory meeting 63rd UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas and the International Seminar on Women's Empowerment in the Tourism Sector, to be held on 12 and 13 April in Asunción (Paraguay). On this occasion, the International Seminar, scheduled to be held on 12th April, will precede the Commission Meeting, programmed for the 13th of April.

NOTE: In compliance with the United Nations system’s environmental protection policy, the working documents for both events will not be distributed on paper at the venue of the event. Therefore, the delegates are requested to bring their own set of documents provided below.

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For further information about the International Seminar on Women's Empowerment in the Tourism Sector, please click here.

 

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62nd UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas

Locations

Chengdu
China
Chengdu
China
Chengdu
China
Chengdu
China
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China
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62nd UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas
12 September 2017
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The 62nd Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Americas will be held on Tuesday 12 September 2017, from 10:00 to 12:00.

This event is being organized in the framework of the 22nd session of the UNWTO General Assembly that will also be held in Chengdu (China), from 11 to 16 September 2017. 

 

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International Seminar on New Technologies Applied to Tourism

Locations

Roatan
Honduras
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No
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International Seminar on New Technologies Applied to Tourism
29 May 2017 - 1 June 2017
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Ministerial Forum on Strengthening the Resilience of Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa and sustaining growth

Location

IFEMA Madrid, MD
Spain
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Yes
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Ministerial Forum on Tourism in the Middle East/North Africa (Madrid, Spain, 19 January 2017)
19 January 2017
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The UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) has the distinct pleasure of announcing its fifth annual ministerial roundtable discussion on the current state and future of tourism in the Middle East and North Africa - jointly held with the Casa Árabe - within the framework of FITUR.

 

The discussion will revolve around the dual themes of the industry's resilience in the face of ongoing and evolving geopolitical and security challenges as well as short term prospects (as characterized by the panelists) and strategies to enhance the resilience of the Tourism sector to external shock. The acceleration and consoloidation of the industry's ability to recover and grow sustainably and responsibly within the framework of the region's current destablizing circumstances will be addressed throughout the event.

The discussion will be hosted and moderated by Ian Taylor, executive editor of Travel Weekly UK.

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Contact, queries, comments: rdme@unwto.org

                                                                             

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Fair
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JATA Tourism Expo Japan 2016

Location

Tokyo Big Sight Tokyo, 13
Japan
35° 37' 53.3604" N, 139° 47' 37.7376" E
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JATA Tourism Expo Japan 2016
22 September 2016 - 25 September 2016
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35° 37' 53.3604" N, 139° 47' 37.7376" E

JATA Tourism EXPO Japan Forum 2016 in collaboration with UNWTO will take place on Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23 at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo.

The Global Tourism Forum on Sep. 22, 2016
  The Global Tourism Forum will feature keynote speeches by Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UNWTO and Mr. David Scowsill, president and CEO of the WTTC. The theme of the 2016 forum is sustainable tourism with a particular focus on traditional life and culture found in local communities.

Japan is largely a hi-tech industry-based nation. Its tourism policy seeks to make Japan a leading nation in tourism by placing its history, culture, and local resources front and center. The theme of the panel discussion for the keynote symposium will be "New Opportunities for Sustainable Destinations – Japan and the World." For more details, please refer here.

The panelists of Global Tourism Forum:
Dr. Taleb Rifai,Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)  - Keynote Speaker
Mr. David Scowsill
, President & CEO of World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) - Keynote Speaker

Mr. Hiromi Tagawa, Chairman, JATA, and Vice Chairman, WTTC
Mr. Christian Mantei, General Manager, Atout France
Mr. Vijay Poonoosamy, VP, International & Public Affairs, Etihad Airways

The keynote symposium will be moderated by Professor Yoshiaki Hompo: Specially-appointed Professor of Tokyo Metropolitan University and Tokyo Institute of Technology, Special advisor to Japan Tourism Agency, Chief of the Regional Support Office for the Asia and the Pacific and the member of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics.

The Domestic Tourism Symposium on Sep. 23, 2016
 Traditional Japanese cuisine was inscribed on UNESCO´s Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2013. Japan currently offers a wide range of gastronomic experiences in many cities across Japan.  However, local governments and communities have not yet embraced gastronomy tourism as a potential resource to revitalize regional economies. Against this background, this symposium will put ¨Gastronomy Tourism¨ in the spotlight. 

The Panelists of Domestic Tourism Symposium
Ms. Yolanda Perdomo, Director of the Affiliate Member Program of UNWTO
Mr. Qta Asada, 16th Generation Ryokan Owner, Asadaya Ltd.( Ryokan : Traditional Japanese style Inn)
Mr. Naoki Iimori, President & Chief Executive Officer, Fukuchiyo Shuzo Co., Ltd.
The Domestic Tourism Symposium will be moderated by Mr. Masato Ogawa, Executive Vice President, ANA Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd.

 

Contact
JATA Tourism EXPO Japan Promotion Office
e-mail: event@t-expo.jp
Tel: +81 (0)3 5510 2004 

Add: Zen-Nittsu Kasumigaseki Bldg.4F,
        3-3-3 Kasumigaseki,Chiyoda-ku,
        Tokyo 100-0013 JAPAN

 

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PETRA DECLARATION - Regional Conference on Investing in Tourism for an Inclusive Future

Locations

Petra
Jordan
Petra
Jordan
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Regional Conference on Investing in Tourism for an Inclusive Future, Petra, Jordan, 26-27 October 2016
26 October 2016 - 27 October 2016
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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has the honour to announce that a Regional Conference on Investing in Tourism for an Inclusive Future: Challenges and Opportunities, was held in Petra, Jordan, on 26 and 27 October 2016.

The Conference, jointly organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), brought together tourism stakeholders from the public, private, banking, investment and development sectors, who are working in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region and are driving tourism development on a national, regional or global level to identify the challenges and best-practices that are specific to the region, with a view to drafting comprehensive recommendations for tourism development in the future, encompassing the following three priority areas:

  • Provide access to training and employment opportunities;
  • Enhance resource and energy efficiency
  • Strengthen local Micro, Smal and Medium Enterprises   

Final Petra Declaration (in English)

Final Petra Declaration (in Arabic)

Press Release

Final list of participants

Conference's booklet (including provisional programme, foreword and speakers' bio notes in English)

Conference's booklet (including provisional programme in Arabic)

General Information Note

Social Programme

Regional Conference on Investing in Tourism for an Inclusive Future: Challenges and Opportunities (Petra, Jordan, 26 - 27 October 2016)

                   Click on the image above for more pictures of the conference

 

Presentations

Sean Cleary, Executive Vice-Chairman, Future World Foundation

Session 1 - Case study: Abdali Mall. Presentation by Suhair Albargouthi, Abdali Mall Training Centre and Jane Rexworthy, Executive Director, People 1st  

Session 2 - Case study: Linking local products and rural tourism; lessons learned from Saffron of Taliouine in Morocco. Presentation by Emilie Vandecandelaere, Senior Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Session 3 - Case study: Jadranka Hotels in Croatia. Presentation by Alexander Hadziivanov, Associate Director, Sustainable Resource Investment, EBRD and Peter Baum, Analyst on Climate Adaptation, EBRD

Session 4 - Case study: Sustainability and Tourism in the Mediterranean. Presentation by Ammar Al Azzeh, Executive Manager, Via Nova for Sustainable Development, on behalf of Sharhabeel Madi, Commissioner, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority

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Connecting people and cultures through Tourism in the Mediterranean region

Location

Maghdouche & Beirut
Lebanon
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No
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Connecting people and cultures through Tourism in the Mediterranean region (Beirut, Lebanon, 29-30 May)
29 May 2016 - 30 May 2016
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Connecting people and cultures through Tourism in the Mediterranean region (Beirut, Lebanon, 29-30 May 2016)

Click on the image above for more pictures of the events.

 

The Regional Programme for the Middle East has the honour to announce that a series of events, under the title of Connecting people and cultures through Tourism in the Mediterranean region,  were held in Beirut, Lebanon, on 29 and 30 May 2016.

These events, jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism of Lebanon and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), included a Roundtable on Religious Tourism and the 2nd meeting of the Working Group on the Phoencians' Route Cultural Tourism Programme.

These meetings brought together Ministers of Tourism, industry leaders in the MENA region, together with a number of international, regional and local experts and stakeholders, to explore ways and means of seizing emerging opportunities for increased cooperation in tourism development and promotion in the region, particularly with respect to the development of cultural and religious tourism.

Press Release

Final List of Participants

 

Roundtable on Religius Tourism

Final Report

Project brief

Booklet (including programme and speakers' bio notes)

 

Phoenicians' Route Cultural Tourism Programme

Project brief

Vision, Roadmap and Action Plan

 

For further information: rdme@unwto.org / ecsr@unwto.org

 

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UNWTO Conference on Tourism: a Catalyst for Development, Peace and Reconciliation

Location

Amaya Beach Resort Passikudah
Sri Lanka
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UNWTO Conference on Tourism: a Catalyst for Development, Peace and Reconciliation (11-14 July 2016, Passikudah, Sri Lanka)
11 July 2016 - 14 July 2016
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Sri Lanka celebrates this year (2016) the golden jubilee of the establishment of its formal National Tourism Organization which started off as the “Ceylon Tourist Board” in 1966. It precedes the declaration in 1967 by the United Nations of the ‘International Tourism Year’ with the tagline ‘Tourism: Passport to Peace’. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has, through the years, supported the UN’s call made almost 5 decades ago to consider tourism as a means to promote peace.

It is relevant that Sri Lanka was one of the pioneering countries in Asia to develop its tourism industry on a firm and planned basis, which regrettably, was affected by an ethnic conflict lasting over two decades that had deep repercussions on the country as a whole and on the tourism sector in particular. While tourism did continue to maintain its presence in the country it could not be developed to its full potential and furthermore   certain areas such as the North and East were partially inaccessible. However, with the cessation of hostilities in 2009 there has been a rapid and noteworthy recovery in tourism. The total arrivals in 2009 amounted to 448,000 and this figure almost doubled to 856,000 in 2011.The path to peace and reconciliation has been paved by a change in the political landscape of Sri Lanka in 2015 with the establishment of a unity government which comprises the mainstream political parties, an occurrence that is unique in the annals of Asian politics. The main aim of the national Government is to restore peace and bring about reconciliation.

The latest figures of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka for 2015 indicate an increase of 17.8% over the previous year reaching almost 1.8 million visitors. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has targeted 2.5 million arrivals for 2016. These estimates have been based on viable policies and plans that take into consideration effective marketing and promotional campaigns. The opportunities for tourism development are great, nevertheless the challenges for recovery and reconciliation call for thought, discussion and a concerted plan of action by the public and private sectors.

It is in this context that the UNWTO conference on “Tourism: a Catalyst for Development, Peace and Reconciliation” has been scheduled in the Eastern seaside resort of Passikudah in Sri Lanka, from the 11th to the 14th July 2016.


Contact Details of the Event Coordinators:

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Ms. Hyeon-Jin Lee  Email: asiastudy@unwto.org

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA)

- General Information

Ms. Dilrukshi Hewage Email: dilrukshin@srilanka.travel 

- Shuttle Service and Airport Reception Desk

Ms. Kumudu Heenadige Tel: +94 71 48 805 70

Mr. Nishantha Alahakoon Email: nisantha@srilanka.travel 

- Registration Desk at Amaya Hotel

Mr. Indrajith De Silva Email: indrajithdesilva226@gmail.com Tel: +94 71 22 142 19

Ms. Harshika Abeynayake Email: madhumali.harshi@gmail.com Tel: +94 77 54 337 74


Related Documents:

Technical Note and Preliminary Programme (updated on 07 July)

General Information Note (updated on 08 July)

Conference Speakers (updated on 05 July)

Registration Form (updated on 24 June)

Hotel Reservation Form (updated on 24 June)

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