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7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 02.08.2018, 10:36 Uhr
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Rome [ENA] Urban tourism and its potential for more sustainable and inclusive cities will be the major focus of the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism (16-19 September 2018) in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The Summit intends to define a vision looking to 2030 for this rapidly-growing tourism segment. The Summit has been conceived to inspire new strategic approaches to the challenge of a growing tourism sector and its impact on urban destinations, through sharing of innovative ideas and best practices. It is the first of its kind in North-East Asia.

Seoul is a first-rate urban tourism destination, with tourism sites ranging from full heritage sites, including traditional palaces or markets, to state-of-the-art architecture and museums. Recent urban regeneration projects have seen for example an oil depot turned into a culture park and increased tourism interest to venues used for 2018 events the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and inter-Korean summit. Seoul as host destination will showcase its fair and inclusive tourism initiative in the conference programme, promoting the importance of building inclusive cities for all.

The Summit is jointly organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Seoul Metropolitan Government with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, the Korean Tourism Organisation and the Seoul Tourism Organization. Innovative approaches to competitiveness in urban destinations, technology’s impact on urban tourism, rejuvenation of cities, and increasing inclusion in city development are among the topics included.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism announced the support of the BBC to the Summit, with the lead presenter of the Travel Show, Rajan Datar, moderating the “High Level Panel: Urban Tourism in 2030” with ministers and mayors from around the world.This year’s edition will feature B. Joseph Pine II, cofounder of Strategic Horizons LLP, an Ohio-based, thinking studio and author of the best-seller ‘The Experience Economy’. B. Joseph Pine II is known for first using the term to describe the major shift in motivation for people to undertake many economic activities, including travel.

Other planned speakers include city mayors and representatives of tourism administrations from destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Cape Town, Osaka, San Sebastian, Singapore and Seoul, companies such as MasterCard, Google and Amadeus, and the World Bank. The Summit also includes the emerging segment of youth travel through the UNWTO Global Youth Summit on Urban Tourism side-event (18 September). Conference website Contacts: UNWTO Communications Department Tel: (+34) 91 567 8100 / Fax: +34 91 567 8218 / It's possible to follow the event on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Flickr.

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