Oman to host world tourism and cul­ture con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Oman will host the sec­ond UNWTO/Unesco World Con­fer­ence on Tourism and Cul­ture on De­cem­ber 11 and 12. The theme of this year’s con­fer­ence is ‘Fos­ter­ing Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment’.

The United Na­tions ear­lier de­clared 2017 as the In­ter­na­tional Year of Sus­tain­able Tourism for De­vel­op­ment (IY2017), pro­vid­ing a unique op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore and high­light tourism’s po­ten­tial to help trans­form the world into a place of pros­per­ity and well-be­ing for all.

The con­fer­ence to be held in Mus­cat is the of­fi­cial event of IY2017. It will ex­plore ways to build and strengthen part­ner­ships be­tween the tourism and cul­ture sec­tors and en­hanc­ing their role in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, re­flect­ing upon the out- comes of the first World Con­fer­ence, held in Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

It will dis­cuss the syn­er­gies and strate­gies for the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of cul­tural tourism that gen­er­ate re­sources for the con­ser­va­tion of cul­tural her­itage while cre­at­ing so­cio-eco­nomic ben­e­fits for the com­mu­ni­ties.

Tourism can stim­u­late eco­nomic growth, cre­ate jobs and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, help­ing mil­lions of peo­ple es­cape poverty and im­prove their liveli­hoods. Cul­ture that en­com­passes her­itage and tra­di­tions as well as art, lan­guages, gas­tron­omy, mu­sic, hand­i­crafts, mu­se­ums and lit­er­a­ture is of im­mea­sur­able value to com­mu­ni­ties, shap­ing their iden­ti­ties and fos­ter­ing re­spect and tol­er­ance among peo­ple. Cur­rently cul­ture is be­ing used in­creas­ingly to pro­mote des­ti­na­tions and en­hance their com­pet­i­tive­ness and at­trac­tive­ness.

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