Kuala Lumpur is the first Asian city to host Global Summit on Urban Tourism

Published on : Friday, November 3, 2017

tourism malaysiaThe Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia (MOTAC) in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will present the 6th Global Summit on Urban Tourism (6th GSUT).



This year, Kuala Lumpur has been chosen by the UNWTO as the first Asian city to host the 6th Summit which will be held at Majestic Hotel from 4 – 6 December 2017. UNWTO has previously hosted the GSUT in Luxor, Egypt (2016); Marrakech, Morocco (2015); Barcelona, Spain (2014); Moscow, Russia (2013); and Istanbul, Turkey (2012).



Aptly themed “Sustainable and Competitive Tourism on the New Urban Agenda”, the 6th Summit will promote a globally shared vision and a strategic approach to re-address the tools to adapt to the new paradigms in urban tourism while achieving coherence among the tourism activities, urban development policies and the economic and social benefits for the local inhabitants through integrated planning, efficient governance, knowledge management and professionalism in operations.



6th GSUT will have four sessions discussing on the following three topics, namely, Tourism and the New Urban Agenda, Key Factors for Urban Tourism, and Success Stories on Urban Tourism Performance. As in previous years, the sixth edition of the Summit will bring notable speakers who will share their thoughts on sustainable and competitive urban tourism and explore tourism policies and strategies which facilitate inclusive economic growth, job creation and empowerment of the urban stakeholders.



This conference is expected to attract some 500 local delegates and 300 international participants among others world leaders in tourism, high level policy makers, specialists and experts from the public and private sectors, academicians, local authorities, municipalities and international and/or regional associations/networks of local authorities and City DMOs, academic institutions, urban planners and architects to exchange ideas and experiences, update their knowledge and expand the existing network for future sustainable and competitive urban tourism growth and development.



6th GSUT will be graced and officiated by Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, accompanied by Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO; Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia; Tan Sri Hj. Mohd. Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur; and Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN Habitat.



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