First Global Youth Tourism Summit wraps up – Reuters

According to the Directorate General of Public Relations and Information, the first Global Youth Tourism Summit (GYTS) was held from June 27 to July 03, 2022 in Sorrento, Italy.

The summit was a new platform created by the World Tourism Organization with the aim of empowering young people to actively participate in decision-making processes in the tourism sector.

A total of 120 participants from 57 countries between the ages of 12 and 18 took part in this meeting, and according to the decision and introduction of the Vice President of Tourism of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts of iran, Tara Garhami, a top player from Santur (hammer dulcimer) and Mohammad Hossein Rohande, an activist from the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Adolescents represented Iran at the event.

A variety of interactive activities such as webinars, educational workshops, round tables, educational courses, public meetings, cultural and sports activities and the simulation of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) were organized to familiarize participants with various aspects of responsible and sustainable tourism.

The meeting ended with the adoption of “Sorrento Call”. The call has a bold and pioneering vision for the active participation of young people in the growth of tourism as a pillar of sustainable and inclusive development, which was endorsed in a meeting that simulated the UNWTO General Assembly .

The content of this call was based on sessions in which young participants were educated and exchanged views on some of the key issues facing tourism, including innovation and digitalization, plastic pollution and environmental pollution. growing importance of sport, culture and food for destinations.

During the mock General Assembly of UNWTO, officials such as Pope Francis, Italian Minister of Tourism, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Minister of Youth Policy, as well as the UN Special Envoy for Youth Affairs, participated in person or through video calls.

“The Global Youth in Tourism Summit is a very important start for the World Tourism Organization and the tourism sector. We support young talents from all over the world and give them the opportunity to express their ideas on the future of tourism,” Zorab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, noted during the meeting.

Also, the Minister of Tourism of Italy encouraged young people to be the responsible travelers of tomorrow and to maintain their optimism to achieve their dreams.

Jayatma Wickramanayak, the United Nations envoy for youth affairs, also stressed the importance of promoting the active participation of young people as agents of transformative change, challenging the status quo and realizing the 2030 schedule.

Sorrento Call is based on three thematic bases of people, planet earth and well-being. With regard to the human component of this call, the young signatories call for the preservation of human rights, in particular the consideration of persons with disabilities through appropriate tourism strategies and policies.

Issues related to food waste, plastic pollution, reducing climate change and preserving biodiversity were also addressed with a focus on poverty reduction, improving digital skills and the creation of more employment opportunities for young people.

It was also stressed that policy makers should empower young people and give them the opportunity to voice their concerns, and at the same time strive to improve education to ensure responsible tourists and professionals.

The representatives of the Islamic Republic underlined the capacity and interest of Iranian youth in the sustainable development of the country’s tourism by participating in the simulation of the General Assembly as the vice-president of the meeting.

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