UNWTO activities at FITUR 2013
FITUR 2013 will be preceded by UNWTO's annual press conference at the Organization's headquarters in Madrid at which UNWTO will present the latest edition of its World Tourism Barometer, providing an overview of international tourism results for 2012 and forecasts for 2013.
For more information and to register, contact comm@UNWTO.org
Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) (31 January, 10.00 – 18.30, FITUR Madrid)
INVESTOUR for Africa, organized by UNWTO together with FITUR and Casa Africa, will hold its fourth edition at FITUR 2013, promoting sustainable tourism development in Africa.
The event, consisting of a seminar and business-to-business meetings, allows African destinations to present their tourism offer to potential investors and discuss business and cooperation opportunities. At the same time, the event highlights the importance of investment for economic growth, sustainable development and job creation across the region.
Seminar – Accessibility: A Competitive Advantage for Tourism Destinations (31 January, 11.00 – 12.30, FITUR Madrid)
Jointly organized by UNWTO, the ONCE Foundation and IFEMA, this seminar will highlight good practices in tourism accessibility from across Europe and Latin America, with a special focus on accessible destinations in Uruguay.
Tourism stakeholders, leading experts, and organizations representing persons with disabilities and special needs will share their insight and experiences on the subject of accessible tourism, while examining opportunities and challenges.
Panel Discussion – Alternatives and Strategies to Recover and Boost Tourism in the MENA Region (31 January, 16.00 – 17.30, FITUR Madrid)
Organized by UNWTO and Casa Árabe, this panel discussion will focus on the current situation and future prospects for tourism in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as on possible strategies to boost tourism to the region.
Speakers include the Ministers of Tourism of Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia, as well as representatives from Emirates airline and the international hotel chain, Sol Meliá.
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FITUR Green 2013 (30 January – 1 February, FITUR Madrid)
Following the success of previous editions, FITUR Green, organized in collaboration with UNWTO, the Hotel Technological Institute (ITH) and the Madrid Tourist Board, will once again be showing the tourism sector how it can cut costs by becoming more sustainable.
UNWTO events at FITUR Green include a roundtable on Energy Management with a presentation on the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, as well as further presentations on the Green Economy, Sustainable Tourism in the 21st Century and the UNWTO Hotel Energy Solutions Toolkit.
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UNWTO Silk Road destinations to feature in FITUR Gymkhana (2 February, 10.00 – 20.00, Silk Road Stands at FITUR Madrid)
For the second year running, Silk Road destinations will feature in the Minube Travellers' Gymkhana – a major promotional campaign where consumers complete a series of challenges in a treasure hunt at FITUR. Last year over 400 people competed for a range of prizes including holidays, artwork, handicrafts and culinary prizes. This year, UNWTO has organised for a specific Silk Road route to be included in the Gymkhana and participating Silk Road destinations will have the opportunity to showcase their tourism attractions in a fun and interactive way.
More information on all UNWTO activities at FITUR:
Visit the UNWTO Stand at 8D13
Rut Gómez Sobrino
Principal Media Officer
Phone: (+34) 91 567 81 60
About World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is theUnited Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism"s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development. UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world. UNWTO"s membership includes 156 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 400 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities. For more information visit www.unwto.org.