EU awards scheme launched: ‘Cultural Heritage as an Asset for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism’.

2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, an EU initiative which aims to engage more people to discover Europe’s diverse cultural heritage.  The European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) and Europa Nostra (pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage) have joined forces to make a contribution to the year and address one of its 10 initiatives: ‘Tourism … [Read more…]

Sustainable tourism across Europe

UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, first visit organised by the the Tourism Manifesto First Next Tourism Generation Alliance project kick off meeting  Advancing sustainable tourism across Europe is at the centre of an agreement signed today between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Parliament. During his first official visit to Brussels (27-28 February), UNWTO … [Read more…]

Sustainable Georgia: a must see destination for visitors and tourism planners

Georgia, the country claiming to be the birthplace of wine,  is one of the most beautiful countries on earth and a marvellous canvas for walkers, riders, cyclists, rafters and travellers of any kind (Lonely Planet).  Wine tourism, mountain tourism, sustainable tourism, have been the key themes of international conferences and events, showing the leadership of Georgia … [Read more…]

A Conversation with Donald E. Hawkins

I had the pleasure to interview DONALD E. HAWKINS Professor Emeritus of Management and Tourism Studies at the George Washington University and Special Adviser to the UNWTO Secretary General for the Knowledge Network. We talk about successful Destination Management Organizations, how to build capacity and partnerships, market trends, and Don shares training tools and case … [Read more…]

A Conversation with Eduardo Santander, Executive Director at European Travel Commission (ETC).

Which is the main scope of the Tourism Manifesto? Why was it needed? Tourism represents a key sector of the European economy, generating almost 10% of total EU-28 GDP and employing 25 million people. Despite these valuable benefits, European tourism does not receive the importance it deserves on the policy making scene. In response to … [Read more…]

Tourism and Cultural projects for Africa

Cultural and Tourism Background stories for Africa to share and debate during our Lab Session How to leverage the benefits of culture for sustainable development?”  the 3rd of June from 18h00 to 19h15 organized for the EUDEVDAYS2015. The Lab Session includeS a session with Keynote Speakers and  four discussion groups led through the interactive method ‘Barcamp’. FEST , UNESCO and the … [Read more…]

UN RESOLUTION: “Promotion of sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, for poverty eradication and environment protection”

A milestone resolution recognizing the contribution of sustainable tourism to poverty eradication, community development and the protection of biodiversity has been adopted by consensus by the United Nations General Assembly. Emphasizing the need to optimize the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits stemming from sustainable tourism, particularly in developing countries, the resolution entitled “Promotion of … [Read more…]

UNWTO course in Qatar, 3rd edition 2014, on “Tourism Project Development”, from 7th to 11th December, in Doha

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UNWTO.Themis Foundation and the Qatar Tourism Authority are jointly organizing the UNWTO Regional Capacity Building Course on Sustainable Tourism Project Development, to be held in Doha from 7th to 11th December 2014, and have invited officials from: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, … [Read more…]