UNWTO, Egypt to host sum­mit on tourism

Jamaica Gleaner - - THE BUSINESS OF TOURISM -

THE WORLD Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion (UNWTO) and the Gov­ern­ment of the Arab Repub­lic of Egypt are or­gan­is­ing the 5th Global Sum­mit on City Tourism: ‘Cities: Lo­cal Cul­ture for Global Trav­ellers’ from Novem­ber 1-2, 2016, in Luxor. Dur­ing the sum­mit, the UNWTO will launch the May­ors for Tourism Ini­tia­tive.

Tourism has be­come a cen­tral com­po­nent of the econ­omy, so­cial life, and ge­og­ra­phy of many cities in the world and is ide­ally po­si­tioned to seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vided by ur­ban­i­sa­tion. Yet many chal­lenges are emerg­ing, in­clud­ing the need to ef­fec­tively man­age the growth of tourism in many cities around the globe.

The 5th Global Sum­mit on City Tourism: ‘Cities: Lo­cal Cul­ture for Global Trav­ellers’ will dis­cuss city tourism trends and de­bate themes such as sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, spa­tial or­gan­i­sa­tion and re­ju­ve­na­tion, in­no­va­tion in city tourism, cross-cul­tural be­hav­iour, and new busi­ness mod­els, or the so-called ‘shar­ing econ­omy’.

CLUS­TER DE­VEL­OP­MENT

The de­vel­op­ment of clus­ters that en­gage public and pri­vate play­ers from all sec­tors is cen­tral to the new par­a­digm of city tourism de­vel­op­ment in which tourism needs to be a tool for so­cial co­he­sion and cul­tural preser­va­tion be­yond its fun­da­men­tal con­tri­bu­tion to eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.

As part of the ac­tion plan of the UNWTO City Tourism Net­work, the UNWTO will launch a new ini­tia­tive gauged at gath­er­ing may­ors and de­ci­sion mak­ers in cities around tourism is­sues. The May­ors for Tourism Ini­tia­tive aims to pro­mote the im­por­tant role of tourism as a driv­ing force for so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in cities and place the sec­tor as a pri­or­ity in the ur­ban agenda.

May­ors of world cities have been in­vited to share best prac­tices in man­ag­ing the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties that tourism presents to lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tions and to pro­pose for­mu­las to align their tourism-re­lated poli­cies with those of na­tional gov­ern­ments.

The sum­mit will be pre­ceded by the 104th Ses­sion of the UNWTO Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil, tak­ing place in Luxor from Oc­to­ber 30 to Novem­ber 1, 2016.

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