UNWTO News 72

Release Date: 
28 Feb 18

The 10th edition of the World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism will take place from 21 to 23 March 2018 in Andorra, under the title “Shaping the Future of Hospitality in Mountain Destinations”. The Congress is organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Government of Andorra and the Commune of Escaldes-Engordany. The event, which is held every two years, is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year.

Aligned with its commitment to develop tourism measurement Botswana has launched an update of its Tourism Satellite Account. The one year project was developed with the technical support of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

In an effort to better measure tourism growth and development in Africa, UNWTO signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation for the Strengthening of the National Tourism Statistical System of Nigeria and the Development of a Tourism Satellite Account.

International football star Fernando Hierro has been named Ambassador for Responsible Tourism in a meeting held today at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with its Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili.

Innovation and training were at the centre of the official visit of Zurab Pololikashvili, the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), to Portugal on 22-23 January. Following meetings with the Portuguese President, Prime Minister, Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as representatives from the private sector, a joint training and innovation action plan was agreed between UNWTO and Portugal. On the occasion, the Alentejo Sustainable Tourism Observatory joined the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO).

Since February 2018, the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10 YFP) has a new brand - the One Planet network. The Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10 YFP has also gained a new name: the One Planet – Sustainable Tourism Network. The Network continues to operate as a collaborative platform bringing together initiatives and facilitating new activities to accelerate the implementation of SDG12 by the tourism sector as well as other connected SDGs.

Overall, more than 90 actors have linked more than 390 activities to the Portfolio of Work of the Newtork; a tool that aggregates efforts of members towards shared goals with a value of over USD 25 million. Some examples of activities include the Conference on Sustainable Tourism in SIDS held in the Seychelles (SSTF); trainings on sustainable practices by GSTC and PATA involving Asian countries and businesses; publications such as the Handbook “Destination: a circular tourism economy” for South Baltic countries (CRT); tools like the Business Optimizer targeting French SMEs (CCI);  projects such as My Green Butler piloting in United Arab Emirates among other destinations (ICRT) or Tourism Tracer in Australia (University of Tasmania); monitoring instruments such as the Indicators of the Sustainable Tourism Zone of the Greater Caribbean (ACS) or commitments like the ITP Goals for the hotel industry.

The Roadmap opens up immense opportunities for transnational cooperation by bringing together Western Silk Road destinations and stakeholders from the tourism sector and beyond in a practical structure and based on common interests and needs. Inspired by shared heritage ranging back centuries and present among us today in the shape of monuments, gastronomy, ideas, scriptures, architectural designs, clothing and more, the Roadmap outlines a common course of action and details short-, medium- and long-term objectives that are to ensure the flourishment of the Western Silk Road as a sustainable and internationally competitive transnational tourism route.


The 8th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers Meeting will focus on the “2025 Silk Road Tourism Agenda”, Member States’ long-term tourism vision for the historic Silk Road routes. Ministers and Heads of the National Tourism Administrations 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. Gifted with outstanding natural landscapes and cultural heritage transcending borders, this meeting will provide Silk Road Member States with an exceptional opportunity to engage more effectively in the area of joint tourism governance.

UNWTO will also be running a 2 hour session designed to empower Silk Road tour operators to better understand, engage and work with the international travel trade. International tourism experts with Silk Road knowledge will present on the multiple areas influencing tourism development along the historic routes. The opportunities, challenges and necessities of offering packaged tours across Central Asia, and Maritime Silk Road product development will thematically frame the event.

More about the Silk Road Ministers Meeting (by invitation only)