UNWTO to launch Global Youth Tourism Summit

UNWTO to launch Global Youth Tourism Summit

The inaugural event will take place in Italy from 27 June to 3 July

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is set to host its first Global Youth Tourism Summit (GYTS) in Italy in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and the National Tourism Agency.

The inaugural UNWTO GYTS will draw more than 130 young people from 60 countries to Sorrento, Italy, giving them a platform to play a leading role in the future of the sector.

Due to take place from 27 June to 3 July 2022, the event will feature six masterclasses, two talks, and a youth version of the UNWTO General Assembly with interactive sessions where participants will be able to engage directly with UN Ministers of Tourism and other high level officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Croatia, Germany, Georgia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Spain, Montenegro, Sao Tome & Principe, Yemen and other UNWTO Member States.

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The event will also connect young people aged between 12 and 18 with industry leaders from several fields including politicians and key figures from the worlds of sport, gastronomy, entertainment and innovation. 

Speaking about the launch of the Summit, UNWTO secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili said: “The 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 only in their communities but everywhere.”

Italian Minister of Tourism Massimo Garavaglia added: “The Italian government is proud to host the first World Youth Tourism Congress in Sorrento. We are confident that ideas and proposals will emerge that can advise governments on how to improve the global tourism offer and make it closer to the needs of new tourists.”

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