U.N. Conference in Sofia: International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism

Written by on August 25, 2016 in Leisure, Tourism - No comments

In Western Europe, international tourism really took off, along with the jet age, in the 1950-s and 1960-s. It has been growing since. In 2012, for the first time, more than one billion (British English: milliard) tourists travelled the planet. According to a forecast by the U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the numbers will keep on increasing. Wow, we would never have guessed.

But, the fact that “cultural tourism plays a leading role in creating new socio-economic opportunities for tourism development”, is important indeed. This applies at local, regional and national levels, while presenting important challenges. Especially in Bulgaria, tourism is an integral part of the economy, as pointed out by Nikolina Angelkova, the country’s Minister of Tourism.

“As a follow up to Siem Reap Declaration, adopted at UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture in 2015 in Cambodia, it is crucial to develop, coordinate and implement tourism and other public policies and practices in an integrated manner”, the UNWTO says.

In cooperation with the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism, the UNWTO organized the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism, which started today in Sofia. It will address aspects connected to the question how tourism can bring to life world civilizations through the collaboration with creative industries, which encompasses architecture, design, arts, technology, science, among others. The event will bring together Ministers of Tourism and other public and private tourism stakeholders as well as internationally recognized professionals.

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