UNWTO to Host World’s First Youth Tourism Summit

The first UNWTO Global Youth Tourism Summit will bring together more than 130 young people from 60 countries in Sorrento, Italy next week, giving them a unique platform to play a leading role in the future of the sector .

The event, the first of its kind, is organized by UNWTO and hosted in Italy in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and the National Tourism Agency (ENIT). It will bring together young people from around the world aged 12 to 18 with leaders from across the sector, including politicians and key figures from the worlds of sport, gastronomy, entertainment and innovation. The Summit received the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic and the patronage of the Department of Youth Policies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “Global youth tourism will celebrate and empower the next generation of tourism leaders.

It will help build a lasting legacy by providing young people with the skills and knowledge they need to transform tourism not just in their communities, but everywhere.”

Scheduled for June 27 to July 3, the Summit will include six masterclasses, as well as two evening lectures, as well as a mock UNWTO General Assembly and interactive sessions where participants can engage directly with the UN and with Ministers of Tourism and other senior officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Croatia, Germany, Georgia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Spain, Montenegro, Sao Tome and Principe, Yemen and many other UNWTO Member States.

Italian Tourism Minister Massimo Garavaglia added: “The Italian government is proud to host the first World Youth Tourism Congress in Sorrento. We are convinced that ideas and proposals will emerge that can advise governments on how to improve the global tourism offer and bring it closer to the needs of new tourists”. Alessandra Priante, UNWTO Director for Europe, added: “Tourism offers opportunities for young people. But young people are giving tourism the opportunity to become stronger and more resilient. We are extremely proud of the first generation of GYTS-ers, who are already showing their promise and commitment to transforming tourism, starting with their local communities.”

Roberta Garibaldi, CEO of ENIT, underlined: “The synergy that can be created in the exchange between the under-19 generation and organizations on an equal footing can only be good for tourism, for looking to the future with new eyes and forward-thinking ideas. We are even more excited than the young people we will meet.” The Summit will focus on some of the key challenges and opportunities facing global tourism today, highlighting a focus on the role of the sector in achieving the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) This will include an in-depth look at biodiversity, which will be organized in collaboration with Marevivo and the MSC Foundation.

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