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International Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities

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Ulaanbaatar
Mongolia
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International Silk Road Conference, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 13-15 October 2016
13 October 2016 - 15 October 2016

 

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia and the World Cities Scientific Development Alliance (WCSDA), organized the International Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 13-15 October 2016.

The conference gathered Ministers and high-level officials from 9 UNWTO Silk Road Member States, official representatives from Silk Road regions, the sister UN Agency the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and UNWTO Affiliate Members to address the potential of tourism initiatives focused on nomadic tourism and sustainable city tourism.

The Silk Road countries agreed that, while the Silk Road presents extensive opportunities for development and growth, long-term success will depend upon increased collaboration in the three key areas identified in the Silk Road Action Plan: marketing and promotion, capacity building and destination management, and travel facilitation.

UNWTO would like to thank the co-organizers and all attending delegates for their great input and support during the event. Special gratitude is also due to Turkish Airlines and MIAT for offering sponsorship to the conference.

Official UNWTO Press Release (released on 18 October 2016)

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Presentations:

Day 1: Plenary Session

Day 1: Creating a Stronger Business Environment for the Growth of Nomadic Tourism

Day 1: Addressing Cultural and Environmental Concerns while Safeguarding Nomadic Heritage

Day 2: Unlocking the Potential of Nomadic Tourism through innovative approaches and themed events

 

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FITUR Green: neZEH International Conference: “Nearly Zero Energy Hotels, the Potential for Change”

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IFEMA - Centro de Convenciones Norte - N107-N108 Madrid
Spain
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20 January 2016

Watch our live stream on 20 January from 11:00 to 18:30 CET.

 

The nearly Zero Energy Hotels -neZEH- is a project co-funded by the European Commission in the frame of the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, aiming to accelerate the rate of large scale renovations of hotels into nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) by providing technical advice to committed hoteliers and demonstrating flagship nZEB projects in the European hospitality sector.

The conference neZEH 2016 will introduce the main challenges faced by the industry in the transition to nearly zero energy hotels, debate to what extent a deficient implementation may hinder the efforts of the sector and explore contemporary business and economic growth defies and solutions to overcome these shortfalls, including what neZEH is doing to help in the transition.

 

Morning Session: Becoming Nearly Zero Energy…Get started!

Inauguration and Discussion panels (11:00 – 14:00)

The morning session will focus on presenting the two of the main steps to take into consideration when engaging in a neZEH project - the rollout plan for the renovation and financing. The session will debate with neZEH pilot hotel, experts and public on how to overcome the gaps, what pioneers are doing.

 

Afternoon Session: Innovating for the Accommodation Industry 3.0 - we all have a role to play

Discussion panels and Conclusions (15:30 – 18:30)

The neZEH partners will present what the initiative is doing to help the accommodation industry to become more efficient and environment-friendly – introducing the neZEH e-toolkit – and expects to shed some light on what is already being done, where to look for help and call the attention to the potential new market for the technologies producers. Experts and the public will debate possible solutions to ensure adequate information is available – such as awareness and sensitization campaigns of hotel owners, staff and clients; actions promoting the benefits of investing in becoming a neZEH – how much attention is being given to the matter and the spill-over effects these can have.

 

Registration: For registration, please click here.

Languages: Please note simultaneous translation will be provided in English and Spanish.

For more information on the programme: http://www.nezeh.eu/nezeh2016conference/

Contact person: Cláudia Lisboa ([email protected])

 

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7th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism and 1st Tourism Ministerial Meeting on the Silk Road Economic Belt

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Xi'an
China
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7th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism (Xi'an, China, 18-20 June 2015)
18 June 2015 - 20 June 2015

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Reflecting on over 20 years' of tourism development along the Silk Road, the 7th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism was held in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China on 18-20 June 2015.

Attended by over 25 Silk Road countries, in addition to the presence of major institutions such as UNESCO, the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and a wide range of public and private stakeholders from the tourism industry and beyond, such as China Chamber of Tourism, BBC Worldwide, University College London, TripAdvisor, Ctrip, Finnair, HNA Aviation Group and the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA),  the joint conference provided an important forum for Ministers, high level officials and experts to debate challenges and accord opportunities for successfully developing tourism along the maritime and continental Silk Road.

An integral part of the event programme was the Tourism Ministerial Meeting of Countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt. This milestone event brought together Ministers from Europe, Asia and the Middle East to discuss key issues facing tourism development along the Silk Road Economic Belt. At this high-level meeting, the Xi’an Initiative was endorsed, an initiative that declares the Silk Road a treasure to be shared by all countries along the Silk Road, and an important resource for tourism development.

As to the 7th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism, experts from the fields of tourism, marketing, investment and heritage management convened to discuss how to raise the profile of Silk Road tourism and drive develop that is sustainable, responsible and internationally competitive.

Topics addressed at the Meeting included, among others:

  • World tourism trends and outlook for the Silk Road region
  • Creating a stronger environment for business growth and investment
  • Transboundary routes across the Silk Road regions, as recently discussed at the 5th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers' Meeting at ITB Berlin 2015
  • Developing and enhancing Silk Road products
  • Facilitating travel to strengthen the Silk Road's extensive network of destinations
  • Addressing environmental concerns and safeguarding heritage

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Minutes and summary from the Silk Road Economic Belt Ministerial Meeting are available here.

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Photos of the meeting available here - flickr

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This meeting was jointly organized by UNWTO, China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and the People's Government of Shaanxi Province.

 

 

 

 

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Пятая Встреча министров туризма стран Шелкового пути на ITB Берлин

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Berlin Room, Hall 7.3, Messe Berlin Berlin
Germany
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4 March 2015

В фокусе внимания встречи министров туризма стран Шелкового пути ЮНВТО 2015 года на ITB Берлин будет «Укрепление сотрудничества путем развития транснациональных маршрутов». На данной Встрече будут обсуждены важные изменения, происшедшие в отношении трансграничных маршрутов в различных регионах Шелкового пути, в том числе включение первого коридора наследия в Список Всемирного наследия ЮНЕСКО, проект Verotour, проект морской Шелковый путь и Дорога специй среди прочих.

На этой важной ежегодной встрече министры и должностные лица высокого уровня Шелкового пути будут иметь возможность внести свой вклад в обсуждение того, как туристские маршруты создают возможности для трансграничного сотрудничества, совместного маркетинга турназначений, разработки турпродуктов, государственно-частного партнерства, и сохранения природного и культурного наследия.

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4th UNWTO Silk Road Task Force Meeting at the Routes Silk Road 2014

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Tbilisi
Georgia
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7 July 2014 - 8 July 2014

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The UNWTO Silk Road Programme is pleased to announce that its 4th UNWTO Silk Road Task Force Meeting (7-8 July) was held in collaboration with the first ever edition of Routes Silk Road (6-8 July) in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Routes Silk Road, formerly Routes CIS, is a route development forum connecting the CIS countries with the regions of Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia.

The event, which took place in the beautiful and historic capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, offered airports, airlines, tourism authorities and other stakeholders the perfect platform to network, do business and improve air transport networks.

The 4th UNWTO Silk Road Task Force Meeting was organised in collaboration with the Georgian National Tourism Administration. Routes Silk Road was organised by Routes Online in collaboration with United Airports of Georgia and the Georgian National Tourism Administration.

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VeRoTour Promotional Event for Tour-operators and Media

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ITB Berlin Berlin, BE
Germany
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6 March 2014

The VeRoTour project, of which UNWTO is a partner, aims to implement a trans-national thematic cultural route linking the diverse heritage that flourished during the reign of the Republic of Venice, also known as the Serenissima. With a specific focus on small and micro-sized enterprises (SMEs), the project aims to diversify the thematic tourism offer in Europe by developing trans-national and sustainable tourism products.

On 6 March, involved stakeholders convened at ITB Berlin to elucidate the opportunities this project offers for the private sector. For more information, please click here

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Silk Road Hour at the ITB Cinema, ITB Berlin 2014

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ITB Berlin, Messe Berlin Berlin, BB
Germany
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5 March 2014 - 9 March 2014

    

As in previous years, the Silk Road was present at the ITB Cinema. For the delight of travel show fans, two Globe Trekker episodes filmed along the Silk Road as part of the programme’s 20th Anniversary were screened. The result of a joint collaboration between UNWTO and Pilot Productions, these two episodes took viewers on a journey along the Silk Road from Xi’an to Istanbul passing through Central Asia.

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3rd UNWTO Silk Road Tour Operators Forum at ITB Berlin 2014

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Messe Berlin Berlin
Germany
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6 March 2014

UNWTO Silk Road Tour Operators Forum - 'Profiling Asia on the Silk Road'

Commercial interest in the Silk Road region has grown considerably over recent years, with historical connections between Europe, the Middle East and Asia being re-discovered and revitalized. Stronger economies, improved infrastructure and connectivity, advances in information technology and enhanced mobility are creating new and exciting opportunities for tourism. This is especially true of the Asian section of the Silk Road, a region home to a great number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites which in 2013 totalled 248 million international tourist arrivals.

According to UNWTO’s long-term forecasts on the performance of individual regions, the Asian market will be growing at an average of 5% per year and reach approximately 535 million tourist arrivals by 2030. Concomitantly, its overall global market share will increase to 30%, cementing, herewith, the tourism sector’s importance for the region in terms of economic stability, sustainable growth and inclusive development.

Taking this into account, the Silk Road Tour Operators Forum aimed at the following:

  • To assess the performance and profile of some of the destinations driving the region’s growth by drawing on the extensive knowledge and experience of stakeholders operating throughout the region
  • To assess how this knowledge and added value can be used to benefit the Silk Road tourism brand and concept
  • To build new alliances and partnerships between the public and private sector by giving stakeholders the opportunity to showcase their products and discuss relevant issues

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4th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers' Meeting at ITB Berlin 2014

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Berlin Room Hall 7.3 Berlin, BE
Germany
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5 March 2014

  

As a complex network of routes spanning over three continents, the success of Silk Road tourism relies heavily upon the ability of tourists to cross borders. This Meeting brought Ministers of Tourism together to discuss how Silk Road countries can advance the visa facilitation agenda in 2014/2015 and beyond. At the meeting, UNWTO released the results of its latest visa facilitation report on Silk Road countries and ministers exchanged experiences and strategies for facilitating visas across the regions.

Travel Facilitation and the Silk Road: Why is it important?

UNWTO´s latest Tourism Visa Openness Report shows that between 2010 and 2013, a total of 44 destinations worldwide facilitated the visa process for citizens of 20 or more countries, translating into 6,000 improvements of visa requirements. Many countries and regional blocs have advanced visa facilitation policies by implementing regional agreements, outsourcing visa processing, issuing visas on arrival and establishing e-visa systems.

Yet in spite of these significant advances, on average two thirds of the world’s population still require a visa prior to departure. Restrictive visa issuance policies and complicated entry formalities continue to stifle travel and tourism growth, particularly from emerging economies. According to recent research by UNWTO and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), supporting visa facilitation will help stimulate the economy and generate employment - as many as 5.1 million additional jobs in the G20 economies by 2015, and 2.6 million new jobs in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies by 2016.

The Tourism Visa Openness Report for the Silk Road Countries launched at the meeting can be found here:

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Meeting Information: 6th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism

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Dunhuang, 62
China
36° 4' 12.126" N, 103° 46' 10.3296" E
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1 August 2013 - 3 August 2013

                

On 1-3 August 2013, Dunhuang (Gansu, China) hosted the 6th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism, an event jointly organized by UNWTO, China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and Gansu Province of China. The Meeting was also organized in collaboration with the China Chamber of Tourism.

Objectives of the 6th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism

The 6th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism brought experts in the fields of tourism, marketing, investment and heritage management together to discuss how to raise the profile of Silk Road tourism and drive development that is sustainable, responsible and internationally competitive. The Meeting also looked at how stakeholders could leverage from the Silk Road's positioning and help rebuild the world's most important travel route.

Topics addressed at the Meeting included:

  • World tourism trends and outlook for the Silk Road region
  • Creating a stronger environment for business growth and investment
  • The important role of Silk Road cities
  • Developing and enhancing the Silk Road product
  • Facilitating travel to strengthen the Silk Road's extensive network of destinations
  • Addressing environmental concerns and safeguarding heritage

Gansu and the Silk Road

Gansu is home to many ancient monuments along the Silk Road including temples, monasteries, pagodas, towers and ancient palaces. The architecture, crops and attractions of Gansu still have the influence of the people who settled and passed by during the time of the ancient Silk Road.

Furthermore, the Silk Road has been listed as the number one route of the top 12 routes in China by the China National Tourism Administration. With its rich cultural and natural attractions, Gansu is rapidly establishing itself as one of the world's top Silk Road destinations.

Meeting Information:

Conclusions & Highlights document of the 6th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism

6th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism - Programme:     ENGLISH RUSSIAN

6th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism - Technical Note: ENGLISH RUSSIAN

Final Presentations and Information on our Speakers

Photos of the meeting - flickr

Participants List

General Information Note

Official UNWTO Press Release

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