Investing in a Various, Sustainable Future for Tourism


With the newest UNWTO knowledge pointing to a return to pre-pandemic arrival ranges in some world areas in 2023, Secretary-Common Zurab Pololikashvili as soon as once more joined His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain in opening the key journey commerce truthful. Reflecting the Group’s priorities, UNWTO positioned tourism investments, rural improvement, diversification, sustainability and accessibility centre stage over the course of 4 days.

Funding and constructing belief

In opposition to the backdrop of FITUR, UNWTO and the Growth Financial institution of Latin America (CAF) strengthened their present partnership to additional advance UNWTO’s work to entice and retain funding in tourism. The partnership will embody the manufacturing of tourism funding pointers, initially centered on Barbados, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama and Uruguay. Each organizations will develop frameworks to draw, promote and retain international direct funding in sustainable tourism initiatives throughout the Americas.

UNWTO acknowledged the progress made in rethinking the position of tourism within the economies and societies of the area. The President of the Republic of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, and the Government President of Banco Standard of the Dominican Republic, Christopher Paniagua, have been formally acknowledged by UNWTO for his or her dedication to mainstreaming tourism in financial coverage and financing, respectively. At FITUR, President Giammattei additionally confirmed the adherence of Guatemala to the UNWTO Worldwide Code for the Safety of Vacationers.

Widening the scope of tourism

As a part of UNWTO’s work to diversify the sector and improve its standing as a driver of rural improvement, the Spanish province of La Rioja was introduced because the host of the seventh UNWTO International Wine Tourism Convention later this 12 months. Secretary-Common Pololikashvili, the President of La Rioja, Concha Andreu, and Spain’s Minister of Tourism Reyes Maroto, highlighted the significance of the rising wine tourism sector for shielding tradition and supporting native jobs and companies.

UNWTO additionally acknowledged the significance of procuring tourism, with specific reference to its shut hyperlinks to leisure and gastronomy. A Memorandum of Understanding, signed by UNWTO and WOW Idea, will see the 2 work collectively to advertise accountable city tourism by joint promotions and occasions in addition to by shared efforts to observe and share developments in tourism consumption. Additional diversifying the sector’s attain and impression, UNWTO additionally partnered with the Croatian Nationwide Vacationer Board to announce the Second World Sports activities Tourism Congress. The settlement, signed by Croatia’s Minister of Tourism and Sports activities Nikolina Brnjac, will see the occasion held within the metropolis of Zadar on 26 and 27 April.

Tourism for all

To rethink accessible journey, UNWTO, Fundación ONCE and the Spanish Affiliation for Standardization (UNE) co-organized a Seminar on Tourism for All, gathering nationwide tourism administrations, locations, firms {and professional} trade associations, underscoring the position of accessibility for social inclusion and enterprise alternative. The companions introduced instruments aimed toward implementing the worldwide customary UNE-ISO 21902 on Accessible Tourism for All, together with with a brand new information to making use of it in lodging and hospitality companies.

Sustainability: On land and in oceans

UNWTO continued to step up tourism’s tempo in the direction of a extra sustainable future. The Mexican State of Yucatán, dwelling to a number of the nation’s prime tourism locations, is the newest addition of the UNWTO Worldwide Community of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). Already numbering greater than 30 worldwide, INSTO screens tourism’s impression on native economies and habitats, permitting for smarter data-driven policymaking.

UNWTO concluded its week at FITUR by internet hosting a particular assembly on Tourism for the Ocean and Local weather Motion at its Madrid headquarters. Relying on the participation of Member of the European Parliament Catherine Chabaut, in addition to Ruben Eiras, Secretary Common, Discussion board Oceano, Paul Holhtus, Founding President, World Ocean Council, and Josiane Sadaka, CEO of Blue Carbon LLC, the occasion noticed UNWTO verify its help for the BlueCOP28 and Dubai Blue Pact initiatives. For his work main tourism in the direction of larger sustainability, Frédéric Degret, the Founder and CEO at NOAH ReGen was named because the UNWTO Particular Advisor for Oceans and Local weather Emergency.

Strengthening relationships

FITUR 2023 supplied the chance for UNWTO to strengthen relations with private and non-private sector leaders. UNWTO Secretary-Common Zurab Pololikashvili held a collection of bilateral conferences to maintain servicing the Group’s Member States. The UNWTO management met with new Minister of Tourism of Jordan, Makram Mustafa Al-Qaisi, with the Minister of Tourism of Uruguay, Tabaré Viera; Deputy Minister of Tourism for Georgia, Nuno Fazenda, Minister of Tourism for Portugal, Mariam Kvrivishvili, Nuno Fazenda, Minister of Tourism for Portugal, the Minister of Tourism of Nigeria, Lai Mohammed, the Governor of Puerto Rico Pedro Pierluisi in addition to the Minister of Tourism of Puerto Rico Carlos Mercado, and likewise with Dario Merchandise, Ambassador to Spain of UNWTO’s latest Member State, Antigua and Barbuda.

In a working assembly with Mariana Oleskiv, Chairperson of the State Company for Tourism of Ukraine, Secretary-Common Pololikashvili reaffirmed UNWTO’s agency help for Ukrainian’s residents and famous tourism’s position for future restoration and as a pillar of peace. Conferences have been additionally held with the Mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, Mayor of Skiathos Thodoris Tzoumas, the Israeli Ambassador to Spain, Rodica Radian-Gordon.


About The World Tourism Group (UNWTO)

The World Tourism Group (UNWTO) is the United Nations specialised company fostering tourism as a car for equal, inclusive and sustainable improvement. Working with its Member States, worldwide organizations and the personal sector, UNWTO promotes secure and seamless journey for all. UNWTO additionally works to make tourism the muse of belief and worldwide cooperation and a central pillar of restoration. As a part of the broader UN system, UNWTO is on the forefront of worldwide efforts to attain the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Growth, together with by its capacity to create respectable jobs, promote equality and protect pure and cultural heritage.

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