UNWTO Organizes First Global Youth Tourism Summit In Italy

by Olamilekan Okeowo

In a bid to promote youth engagement in the tourism sector and empower younger generations in driving a more sustainable world, the United Nations World Tourism Organization, UNWTO, is organizing a first-of-its-kind Global Youth Tourism Summit.

The 1st Global Youth Tourism Summit will take place in Sorrento, Italy between August 23 and 25, 2021 and will welcome a select group of children from around the world and allow young participants to be part of a unique experience, aiming to promote youth engagement in the tourism sector and empower younger generations in driving a more sustainable world.

The summit, organized by UNWTO in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Tourism and the Italian National Tourism Board has been placed by the Italian government in the framework of its G20 presidency this year.

“Children and youth are not only our future leaders, but important stakeholders of the present, and we can empower and involve them starting today. As the leaders of tomorrow, it is pivotal that young people become involved in shaping and the global vision for the future”, UNWTO SecretaryGeneral, Zurab Pololikashvili said of the initiative.

The participants will through a model UNWTO General Assembly adopt their own declaration on the future of tourism. The document will be presented at the 24th session of the UNWTO General Assembly (12-15 October 2021, Marrakesh, Morocco).

The event will include a range of interactive activities and also involve leading global personalities to share their experiences around tourism and areas such as sports, music, gastronomy, and the film industry.

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