Asia and the Pacific

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
Location: 
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.


Registration
Please see "Registration Process for Participation" for more information.
http://t-expo.jp/en/exhibit/registration.html#regist_step

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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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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Workshop on Mekong River-based Tourism Development

Location

Da Nang
Vietnam
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Workshop
19 November 2015
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Workshop on Mekong River-based Tourism Development 

19 November 2015, Da Nang, Viet Nam

 

We are pleased to inform that the Workshop on Mekong River-based Tourism Development will be held in Da Nang City, Viet Nam on 19th November 2015, in the framework of ASEAN – UNWTO tourism cooperation on river-based tourism development in ASEAN region. This is coordinated by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) – Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism who will host the Workshop. 

The key findings of the on-going UNWTO study on the Mekong River-based Tourism Product Development will be presented by the UNWTO consultant. It will allow participants to exchange ideas and experiences on current Mekong river-based tourism issues. Furthermore, it will also give the opportunity to share best practices of developing sustainable river-based tourism products and will include recommendations for policies and further steps.   

 

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The 9th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook

Location

Guilin, 45
China
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9th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook (Guilin, China, 19-21 October 2015)
19 October 2015 - 21 October 2015
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The 9th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook
 
19-21 October, 2015, Guilin, China
 
We are pleased to inform you that at the gracious invitation of the People’s Government of Guilin of China, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) are organising the 9th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook scheduled to be held in Guilin, China from 19-21 October 2015.  This year´s forum is organised under the theme of "Tourism and the Experience Economy."
 
The Guilin Forum provides an annual Pan-Asia-Pacific platform for policy makers, senior officials, researchers and industry representatives to take stock of global & regional trends and to better understand their potential impacts on tourism.  The event, under the joint umbrella of the UNWTO and PATA, will allow participants to share information, analyse the current tourism situation and map out the next course of action for the future.
 
 

Technical Note


Presentation documents

Day 1 (19 October 2015)

 
Keynote Session: Tourism and the Experience Economy
 
Panel Session One: Destination Marketing - Focusing on Tourism Experience
 
Panel Session Two: Local Experiences and Social Enterprise - Win Win for Travel Businesses and Communities 
 
Day 2 (20 October 2015)
 
Keynote Session: Enhancing Tourism Experience - Theory and Practice
 
Panel Session One: Heritage Tourism and Cultural Experience
 
Panel Session Two: Augmented Reality and Virtual Experience
 
Panel Session Three: From "Sightseeing" to "Experience" - Guilin Tourism in Transition
Closing Keynote: Smart Tourism and the Experience Economy

Please click the links below to download the presentation files from the past events

8th edition of the forum (2014)

7th edition of the forum (2013)

6th edition of the forum (2012)

5th edition of the forum (2011)

4th edition of the forum (2010)

3th edition of the forum (2009)

2nd edition of the forum (2008)

1st edition of the forum (2007)

 

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UNWTO Silk Road Ministers' Meeting at ITB Berlin 2012

Locations

‘Berlin’ Room, Hall 7.3, ITB Berlin, Messe Berlin Berlin, BE
Germany
52° 27' 22.176" N, 13° 30' 1.656" E
‘Berlin’ Room, Hall 7.3, ITB Berlin, Messe Berlin Berlin, BE
Germany
52° 27' 22.176" N, 13° 30' 1.656" E
‘Berlin’ Room, Hall 7.3, ITB Berlin, Messe Berlin Berlin, BE
Germany
52° 27' 22.176" N, 13° 30' 1.656" E
‘Berlin’ Room, Hall 7.3, ITB Berlin, Messe Berlin Berlin, BE
Germany
52° 27' 22.176" N, 13° 30' 1.656" E
‘Berlin’ Room, Hall 7.3, ITB Berlin, Messe Berlin Berlin, BE
Germany
52° 27' 22.176" N, 13° 30' 1.656" E
‘Berlin’ Room, Hall 7.3, ITB Berlin, Messe Berlin Berlin, BE
Germany
52° 27' 22.176" N, 13° 30' 1.656" E
‘Berlin’ Room, Hall 7.3, ITB Berlin, Messe Berlin Berlin, BE
Germany
52° 27' 22.176" N, 13° 30' 1.656" E
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7 March 2012
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52° 27' 22.176" N, 13° 30' 1.656" E

MINISTERS REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE

Русский

The Silk Road is one of the world’s most recognised and celebrated travel and trade routes of all time. At this second Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting at ITB Berlin, UNWTO will present its new Silk Road Action Plan 2012/2013 and will highlight the importance of tourism route development in facilitating connectivity and collaboration between the mosaic of destinations that make up the Silk Road.

10.00-10.45
Registration Open

11.00-11.10
Opening Remarks
Martin Buck, Vice President Travel&Logistics, Messe Berlin GmbH
Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO
Mode rated by Zoltan Somogyi, Execut ive Director of UNWTO

11.10-11.20
Tourism on the Silk Road 2012/2013
UNWTO Silk Road Programme Update
Alla Peressolova, UNWTO Silk Road Programme Manager

In July 2010, UNWTO launched its first Silk Road Action Plan 2010/2011, designed as a collaborative framework for marketing and capacity building that would work towards raising the profile of the Silk Road and drive sustainable development. In this presentation, UNWTO will highlight key achievements to date and introduce the new initiatives and focus for its next edition for 2012/2013.

11.20-11.30
Keynote Speech
Cultural routes as a vehicle for sustainable tourism development
Pedro Ortun, Director European Commission, General Directorate Enterprise and Industry

Europe has one of the most comprehensive networks of cultural routes in the world, with 29 certified by the Council and many additional routes in the process. The European Commission and Council of Europe intervention will highlight the benefits of investing in cultural route development, specifically focusing on enhancing competitiveness and innovation for local small to medium enterprises.

Conservation, dialogue and development: UNESCO and the Silk Road
Peter DeBrine, Programme Specialist Sustainable Tourism, UNESCO

In recognition of the significance of the Silk Road in the spreading of ideas, values, cultures and knowledge that contributed to the flourishing and development of civilizations, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has been promoting the Silk Road as a vehicle for intercultural dialogue and education for over fifty years. This presentation will present activities planned for 2012/2013, including an update on the World Heritage Centre Silk Road serial nomination process and UNESCO’s plans to develop a new online resource centre for its extensive Silk Road publications, archives, images and footage.

Young minds, new ideas: UNWTO/EHL Silk Road strategy challenge
Demian Hodari, Professor of Strategic Management, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

In 2012, leading hospitality management school Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (Switzerland) will work on a Silk Road strategy development initiative with UNWTO and Member States focussing on destination marketing, hospitality management and product development. This initiative will involve 200 top international students coming up with new and creative strategies on how to maximise the tourism potential of Silk Road destinations. With a joint UNWTO/EHL Think Tank planned for June 2012, this presentation will explain the objectives and benefits of being involved.

11.45-11.55
Practical approaches to Tourism Route Development

The Silk Road boasts an extensive network of overland and maritime routes which can play an important role in connecting destinations and promoting complimentary products. Yet many routes lack adequate infrastructure, interpretation or marketing to support or encourage visitation. This session will provide two examples on how investing in cultural tourism routes can create opportunities and benefits for destination marketing, public-private partnerships, job creation, and safeguarding of natural and cultural heritage.

Building Australia’s Great Southern Touring Route
Gaby Robinson - Executive Officer, Great Southern Touring Route

The Australian Great Southern Touring Route (GSTR) is a product of a partnership between four Regional Tourism Boards pooling marketing resources to grow visitation and maximise yield across the state of Victoria. This presentation will outline the challenges and triumphs of the GSTR’s 20 years of experience in developing one of Australia’s most successful tourism routes.

Connecting the Dots of the Silk Road online
Helena Egan, Head of Destination Marketing Sales, EMEA & Asia TripAdvisor

UNWTO has been continuing its work with the world’s largest travel website TripAdvisor to develop an online custom solution for the Silk Road. This presentation will demonstrate how the proposed solution would enable Silk Route to gain presence in front of the targeted travellers and offer destinations to promote their tourism routes, products and heritage sites through one comprehensive online platform. Additionally individual destinations will have the opportunity to enrich their destination content on TripAdvisor without an investment.

11.55-12.25
Discussion

12.25-12.30
Conclusions
Valere Tjolle, Publisher and Editor - Vision on Sustainable Tourism & Principal - TotemTourism.com

 


12.30-13.30 - following the Ministers' Meeting
Flavours of the Silk Road – VIP Walk at ITB Berlin

Food was a major innovation of the ancient Silk Road and this VIP Walk with the UNWTO Secretary-General and ITB management across 10 stands at ITB will highlight some of the Silk Road’s most celebrated cuisine. This event will serve as an entrée to the major ‘Flavours of the Silk Road: International Conference on Food, Culture and Tourism’ organized by UNWTO and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan in Baku, Azerbaijan on 6-7 September 2012.

 

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UNWTO Tour Operators’ Forum on the Silk Road - Creating a Stronger Business Environment for Growth

Location

Palais West Room Berlin, BE
Germany
52° 27' 22.176" N, 13° 30' 1.656" E
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No
8 March 2012
Location: 
52° 27' 22.176" N, 13° 30' 1.656" E

With its richly diverse cultural heritage and its wealth of natural tourism attractions spanning across 12,000 kilometres of ancient routes, the Silk Road as a unique network of tourism destinations has significant potential for growth. Commercial interest across the region has grown considerably in recent years, with ancient connections between the Middle East and Asia being revitalized in a surge of trade and investment in energy, infrastructure, and manufacturing. Stronger economies, improved infrastructure and connectivity, advances in information technology and enhanced mobility are creating new opportunities for tourism.

Yet a number of barriers are hindering tourism development in the Silk Road countries. Visa and border crossing formalities, transport infrastructure, corporate governance and quality assurance are just some of the issues that require the attention of stakeholders to ensure positive growth in the regions.

This seminar will bring tour operators together to discuss the role they can play in overcoming the challenges for doing business on the Silk Road. Conclusions and recommendations from this session will be included in the UNWTO Silk Road Action Plan 2012/2013.

Meeting Documents:

Recommendations following the UNWTO Tour Operators Forum on the Silk Road - Creating a Stronger Business Environment for Growth: BUILDING A STRONGER SILK ROAD: Strategic Recommendations for Enhancing Tourism with a Special Focus on Central Asia

Programme UNWTO Silk Road Tour Operators Forum

Ms. Alla Peressolova's Presentation at the Tour Operators Forum: 'Tourism on the Silk Road 2012/2013

Dolores Travel Services LLC Presentation: 'Development of Tourism on the Silk Road: Visa, Borders & Logistics

The Central Asian Tourism Association's Presentation: Enhancing Business through Collaboration

 

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UNWTO statement on bombings in Mumbai, India

Locations

Madrid
Spain
40° 25' 0.0876" N, 3° 42' 1.242" W
Madrid
Spain
40° 25' 0.0876" N, 3° 42' 1.242" W
PR No.: 
PR 11062
15 Jul 11

Following the bomb attacks in Mumbai, India, the UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, made the following statement:

“UNWTO was shocked to learn of the brutal bomb attacks in Mumbai that claimed innocent lives and wounded many civilians. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and those injured in the attack. 

UNWTO/Tianjin Training Program on Tourism Marketing

Location

Tianjin
China
39° 5' 2.9688" N, 117° 12' 3.5388" E
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No
31 August 2011 - 7 September 2011
Location: 
39° 5' 2.9688" N, 117° 12' 3.5388" E

 

UNWTO/Tianjin Training Program on Tourism Marketing

With a gracious support from the Tianjin Municipal Government of China, the 6 day UNWTO training program on Tourism Marketing was successfully held in the beautiful city – Tianjin (one of the four cities under direct jurisdiction of the central Government of China, neighboring Beijing) from 1 to 6 September 2011.

The training program as an integral part of the UNWTO initiative for the capacity building of its member states attracted 21 tourism marketing officials from 16 countries in Asia and the Pacific. Through the program, the participants actively exchanged views with the professors on tourism marketing in general and with special emphasis on how to attract Chinese tourists to overseas destinations.

Although it is the new endeavor of UNWTO jointly organizes with one of its member countries in the area of training for other members, the idea and the content of the training are welcomed by the participants.

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UNWTO Conference on Mainstreaming Tourism in the Media

Location

Colombo
Sri Lanka
24 March 2011
Location: 

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is organising the 23rd Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for South Asia and the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 24-26 March 2011. This will be held in conjunction with the UNWTO Conference on Mainstreaming Tourism in the Media.

Items on the agenda include measures UNWTO is taking to mainstream tourism on the global agenda, latest developments on the implementation of the tourism satellite account, the T.20 Ministers’ initiative and a brief on UNWTO’s study planned on the importance of domestic tourism.

The Conference on Mainstreaming Tourism in the Media will focus on how tourism can be a key vehicle to overcome adverse publicity and to rebuild the image of a country while repositioning it against a backdrop of socio-political challenges.

For further information please contact the following:
 

UNWTO Coordinator

Marcelo Risi (Mr.)
Principal Media Officer
UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Capitán Haya, 42
28020 Madrid - Spain
Tel: +34 91 5678 160
Fax +34 91 5678 219
Email: mrisi@unwto.org

 

Host Country Coordinators

Achini Dandunnage
Sri Lanka Tourism
78, Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 11 2440002, 4865050/1
Fax: +94 11 2472985
Mobile: +94 71 4880571
Email achinislcb@sltnet.lk

Peumi Peiris
Sri Lanka Tourism
78, Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 11 2440002, 4865050/1
Fax: +94 11 2472985
Mobile: +94 71 4880572
Email peumislcb@sltnet.lk

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The 23rd Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for South Asia and the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific

Location

HILTON COLOMBO
No.2, Sir Chittampalam, A Gardiner Mw,
Colombo
Sri Lanka
Approve event: 
Yes
24 March 2011 - 26 March 2011
Location: 

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is organising the 23rd Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for South Asia and the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 24-26 March 2011. This will be held in conjunction with the UNWTO Conference on Mainstreaming Tourism in the Media.

Items on the agenda include measures UNWTO is taking to mainstream tourism on the global agenda, latest developments on the implementation of the tourism satellite account, the T.20 Ministers’ initiative and a brief on UNWTO’s study planned on the importance of domestic tourism.

The Conference on Mainstreaming Tourism in the Media will focus on how tourism can be a key vehicle to overcome adverse publicity and to rebuild the image of a country while repositioning it against a backdrop of socio-political challenges.

For further information please contact the following:
 

UNWTO Coordinator

Christine Brew
Regional Programme for Asia-Pacific
World Tourism Organization
Capitan Haya 42
28020, Madrid, Spain
Tel: (34-91) 567 81 92
Fax: (34-91) 571 37 33
Email: cbrew@unwto.org

 

Host Country Coordinators

Achini Dandunnage
Sri Lanka Tourism
78, Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 11 2440002, 4865050/1
Fax: +94 11 2472985
Mobile: +94 71 4880571
Email achinislcb@sltnet.lk

Peumi Peiris
Sri Lanka Tourism
78, Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 11 2440002, 4865050/1
Fax: +94 11 2472985
Mobile: +94 71 4880572
Email peumislcb@sltnet.lk

 

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