Published on : Friday, January 6, 2017
During the International Tourism Fair in Spain (FITUR), taking place from January 18 to 22 in Madrid, potential of tourism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will be examined. A ministerial discussion panel organized jointly by the UNWTO and Casa Arabe will focus on sustaining growth and fortifying the flexibility and spirit of tourism in the MENA region. More than 20 ministers of tourism from Africa will discuss the opportunities that the tourism sector can bring to the African continent at the fair.
The fair will have number of events organized by the UNWTO. There will be special focus on sustainable tourism along with official presentation of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 on January 18. There will be number of events to be held at FITUR prepared by the UNWTO. Also on January 18, the 13th edition of the UNWTO Awards on Innovation and Excellence in Tourism will praise some of the best examples of sustainable tourism around the world. Prior to the ceremony on January 16, the Awards Forum will present the 12 projects shortlisted from 139 initiatives that were received from 55 countries.