Freitag, 14.12.2018 10:31 Uhr

8th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers Meeting in Berlin

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome/Berlin, 27.02.2018, 16:26 Uhr
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Rome/Berlin [ENA] The 8th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers Meeting will be held at ITB Berlin on Wednesday 7 March 2018, 14.00-16.00, ‘Berlin Room’, Hall 7.3, and will be focused on “2025 Silk Road Tourism Agenda”, that is Member States’ long-term tourism vision for the historic Silk Road routes. ITB Berlin Convention is The Leading Travel Industry Think Tank and it has established itself as the industry’s main knowledge platform.

UNWTO instead is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.The UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting will be attended by the newly-appointed Secretary-General, Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, and by Ministers and Heads of the National Tourism Administrations who are invited to share their main ideas and strategies as to how fully realize the goals of establishing the Silk Road as the most important transnational tourism route of the 21st century. As the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, a component of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, is expected to play a vital role for the maritime infrastructure development through regional cooperation, it has a potential to support

the establishment of new maritime routes based on the ancient Maritime Silk Road heritage. Gifted with outstanding natural landscapes and cultural heritage going beyond borders, this meeting will provide Silk Road Member States with an extraordinary opportunity to engage more positively in the area of joint tourism governance. 31 countries from the Silk Road and beyond are going to exchange best-practice on how to advance the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also, the research on the Tourism Impact of the 21st century Maritime Silk Road will be presented during the meeting.

Mainly associated with inland routes, the historic Silk Road also embraced a widespread network of maritime itineraries linking various cultures and empires. Based on the renowned interest in re-activating these routes, UNWTO engaged in research studying the impact of China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road project on tourism and, more generally, assess the tourism potential of Maritime Silk Road thematic routes across Asia. If properly managed, tourism can positively contribute to address all the interconnected challenges facing people and planet including ending poverty, promoting gender equality, fostering jobs and inclusive growth and fighting climate change.

Experiences in promoting sustainable tourism, in areas of heritage protection, community participation, sustainable business practices and the development of niche tourism itineraries and products will be issues discussed during the Meeting. The UNWTO Silk Road Programme is a collaborative initiative designed to enhance sustainable tourism development along the historic Silk Road routes. It aims to maximize the benefits of tourism development for local Silk Road communities, while stimulating investment and promoting the conservation of the route's natural and cultural heritage. Currently the Silk Road Programme engages 33 UNWTO Members States, UN agencies, UNWTO Affiliate Members, as well as an network of private sector stakeholders.

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