UN conclave stresses on culture to drive tourism

Published on : Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A United Nations conclave on Wednesday urged tourism stakeholders across the globe to generate more “inclusive partnerships between tourism and culture” to ensure sustainable development of the sector.

 

Ministers from 32 countries, as well as tourism and culture representatives attended the third world conference on tourism and culture in Istanbul, organised by the UN World Tourism Organisation and the UNESCO.

 

 

During the three-day event, culture was highlighted as one of the key factors driving the growth of tourism, with recent studies showing that cultural tourism is growing at a faster rate than global tourism.

 

The conference, under the theme of “For the Benefit of All,” aimed to ensure the gains are shared by all parties involved.

 

“We are living in a period in which cultural tourism is expanding rapidly, forcing sector representatives to produce innovative tourism ideas,” said Firuz Baglikaya, chairman of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies.

 

“These ideas are vital to sustainability in tourism, which in the end contributes to the economic growth of the countries,” he added.

 

Addressing the conference, Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Ersoy said tourism has an undeniable contribution to the national economies as “40 per cent of all the travels in the world are tourism-oriented.”

 

“Cultural heritage attractions have seen a boost in their appeal thanks to technological advances that make them more accessible, better understood and promote them to ever larger audiences,” said a press release.

 

Turkish travel agencies attributed significant importance to the country’s UNESCO World Heritage sites for the growth of the tourism sector.

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