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UNWTO Silk Road Project

Quoted from UNWTO web-page:

For centuries, the Silk Road was travelled by conquerors, traders, missionaries, geographers and more recently, by tourists.
It served as a fundamental link between the East and the West, exchanging cultures, crafts, ideas, technologies, beliefs and peoples.

UNWTO Silk Road Project Overview:
Since 1991, coinciding with the independence of the former Soviet States, there has been a revival of the Silk Road interests – for cultural exchange, trade and tourism. Encouraged by this development, UNWTO decided, at its General Assembly in Indonesia in 1993, to create a long-term tourism project that would promote a special Silk Road tourism concept. As a historical landmark, the Samarkand Declaration on Silk Road Tourism was adopted in 1994 by 19 participating countries under the inspiration of the President of Uzbekistan and the then Secretary-General of UNWTO. A special logo of the UNWTO Silk Road Tourism Project was subsequently adopted to unite all countries, organizations and the private sector under a common visual banner. Since then 24 member states actively participate in the UNWTO Silk Road Project. Several meetings and forums were held, some of which concluded with the adoption of new Declarations. UNWTO has published several studies on the issue of the Silk Road, as well as brochures for further promoting the Silk Road concept. In 2004 the UNWTO Silk Road Tourism Office, hosted by the Uzbek government and with support of UNWTO was opened in Samarkand. In 2006 another colour brochure was published, which presents a mosaic of tourism products, sites and attractions of the Silk Road region as a whole, with the objective of contributing to a better knowledge of its tourism potential.

Read more at UNWTO
Also be inspired by the non-profit organization The Silkroad Foundation, established in 1996, to promote the study and preservation of cultures and art on Inner Asia and the Silk Road.

This article is written by Majbritt Thomsen, administrator on ‘Views On Tourism’.

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