The particular 7th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers Meeting held at ITB Bremen on 8 March 2017 centered on how to foster sustainable tourism growth along the Silk Road. Held inside the framework of the International Year associated with Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, 31 countries from the Silk Street and beyond exchanged best-practice means advance the contribution of travel and leisure to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Addressing the conference and setting the tone for your ministerial debate, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, said “ 2015 was obviously a landmark year with the approval from the universal SDGs by the international local community. Tourism can contribute to all seventeen Goals. Indeed, if properly maintained, tourism can positively help deal with all the interconnected challenges facing individuals and planet including ending low income, promoting gender equality, fostering tasks and inclusive growth and battling climate change.
Achieved by Christa Larwood from the BBC, ministers and high level officials discussed their views and experiences to promote sustainable tourism, in areas of history protection, community participation, sustainable company practices and the development of niche travel and leisure itineraries and products. Two delivering presentations, the celebration of the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan and neighborhood integration in West Bengal (India), highlighted the potential and multiple advantages to be derived from a sustainable travel and leisure path.
Important insight was also contributed by UNWTO Affiliate marketer Member, TripAdvisor, who presented the particular findings of the TripAdvisor Travel Styles for the Silk Road 2017. For that second consecutive year, TripAdvisor executed a specialised consumer survey evaluating travel preferences, habits and passions along the Silk Road. Research higlights that among top interest places while travelling along the Silk Street are visiting UNESCO World Historical past Sites, experiencing local gastronomy plus attending local festivals and activities.
On the occasion, Greece’ s Minister of Tourism, Elena Kountoura, announced the hosting from the First Western Silk Road Course in Alexandroupolis, Greece, on 26-27 April 2017.
The particular UNWTO Silk Road Programme is really a collaborative initiative designed to enhance environmentally friendly tourism development along the historic Cotton Road routes. It aims to increase the benefits of tourism development for nearby Silk Road communities, while rousing investment and promoting the preservation of the route’ s natural plus cultural heritage. Currently the Silk Street Programme engages 33 UNWTO Users States, UN agencies, UNWTO Affiliate marketer Members, as well as an extensive network associated with private sector stakeholders. The seventh UNWTO Silk Road Task Drive meeting will be held in Valencia, Spain on 30-31 March 2017.
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