To mark the beginning of a new phase in its Silk Road Programme, UNWTO, in collaboration with the Government of Uzbekistan, will hold the 5th International Meeting on the Silk Road on 8-9 October 2010 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
The Meeting will introduce new concepts for Silk Road branding and marketing, destination management and travel facilitation and will set out key strategies for the UNWTO’s ‘Silk Road Action Plan 2010-2011’.
The 5th International Meeting on the Silk Road, will convene stakeholders to discuss how the sector can work together to drive economic growth by strengthening the Silk Road tourism brand. The Meeting aims to inspire increased collaboration amongst Member States and establish a framework for easing travel facilitation to create a more seamless Silk Road travel experience.
The programme includes sessions on:
• BUILDING A STRONGER SILK ROAD BRAND
• MAXIMISING REGIONAL COOPERATION AND NETWORKS
• DRIVING DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE SILK ROAD
• STRATEGIC PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND DESTINATION MANAGEMENT
Presentations currently scheduled include: Building partnerships for interregional development :Engaging Local Communities in Sustainable Tourism Development: Stimulating Investment and Regional Infrastructure Development: Implementing Effective Cultural Heritage Management: Making the ‘Greatest route of all time’ even greater: Defining key objectives for the Silk Road Tourism Action Plan 2010-2011 and more
An intensive few days of discussions is expected.
“There is significant potential for tourism growth along the Silk Road and UNWTO is giving new impetus to this initiative as it develops its Silk Road Action Plan 2010-2011,” said UNWTO Executive Director, Mr. Zoltan Somogy.” At the 5th International Meeting we are anticipating strong attendance from across the region to help ensure that our key priority actions for the coming year are reflective of the interests of all Silk Road stakeholders.”
The Silk Road is a network of routes which for centuries served as a vital link between the East and the West. The Silk Road was a hub for the exchange of cultures, crafts, ideas, technologies and beliefs, traversed by conquerors, traders and missionaries. All this has left a rich cultural heritage for visitors to enjoy today.
For more information visit UNWTO Silk Road Programme
Writer Valere Tjolle
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