International Youth Day - Celebrating the Potential of Tourism to Empower Youth
Young people represent around 23% of the 1,235 million tourists travelling internationally each year. The event will discuss the contribution of this influential to world peace and a better future through sustainable tourism.
"Youth can be a powerful catalyst to advance the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 8 on economic growth and jobs, and Goal 12 on sustainable consumption and production as they can lead a transformation into a more responsible way of travelling" said Sandra Carvao, Chief Communications at UNWTO.
Hilton and the International Youth Foundation plan to preview the latest Global Youth Wellbeing Index, revealing that young people are "plugged in," and yet disconnected from vital skills, economic opportunities, local communities and governments. Reconnecting Youth is an urgent need at this moment in history when half of the world's population is under 30.
"Our future depends on resilient and thriving societies, and this starts with young people. To help better understand the challenges facing Young people, Hilton collaborated with the International Youth Foundation to commission the Global Youth Wellbeing Index," said Daniella Foster, Senior Director of Global Corporate Responsibility, Hilton. "To better equip today's Youth for the workforce, Hilton has committed to opening our doors to one million young people by 2019. As of today, we are more than half way there."
The Global Report on the Power of Youth Travel by UNWTO and the WYSE Travel Confederation shows that youth and student travel markets are increasingly important and resilient. It also concludes that youth travel spend more on local communities and thus represent a growing opportunity for socio-economic development.
The event will also highlight the role of tourism in the accomplishment of the SDGs, in particular for Youth, through job creation, entrepreneurship and social inclusion. It will also look into the future of tourism jobs and skills development.
Participants include leaders and influencers including:
- Sandra Carvao, Chief, Communications, UNWTO
- Daniella Foster, Senior Director of Global Corporate Responsibility, Hilton
- Russ Hedge, Representative of WYSE Travel Confederation and Hostelling International
- Susan Reichle, President, International Youth Foundation
- Kelley Louise, Executive Director, Travel SocialGood and Travel Blogger
- Shoaib Rizvi, Youth Assembly Awardee 2017
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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.