To face depopulation the World Tourism Organization and Spain join hands

 Friday, April 5, 2019

 To mitigate the depopulation processes mostly prevailing in the rural areas the World Tourism Organization and Spanish authorities at all levels consider joint actions United Nations.



The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), national, regional and local authorities were welcomed by the Segovia to discuss the demographic challenges.


“Facing the Demographic Challenge through Tourism and Innovation” was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and attended by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, María Reyes Maroto, the President of the Junta de Castilla y León, Juan Vicente Herrera,  the Mayor of Segovia, Clara Isabel Luquero and UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili.


Tourism and novelty as perspective approaches to the depopulation was highlighted. To combat the demographic phenomenon the forum was attended More than a hundred people active in the political, business and research sectors.



UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said that the UNWTO wants to work alongside Spain to turn the discussion on the challenge of rural depopulation into a conversation about the opportunities that the rural environment represents.



As per the 2030 Agenda is inclusive and will leave no one behind, including rural areas and their inhabitants.



In 2019 the sector had generated one tenth of the jobs worldwide and this is the reason that the organization is devoting the year especially to education, the development of vocational skills and employment, which shall ultimately contribute to increased perspectives for professional development.



In the interior regions of Spain through rural tourism, digital transformation and new models of economic activity the Prime Minister Sanchez put forward his vision for increased opportunities.

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