First Global Youth Tourism Summit Organised by UNWTO

Youngsters can take part in the very first Global Youth Tourism Summit (GYTS) taking place between 23 and 25 August 2021 in Sorrento, Italy where they can help shape the future of world tourism at this pivotal time in history.

It will be the first event of this kind at the global level, allowing young participants to be part of a unique experience to promote youth engagement in the tourism sector and empower younger generations in driving a more sustainable world.

The summit is organised by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism Italy and the Italian National Tourism Board and has been placed by the Italian government in the framework of its G20 presidency this year.

The GYTS is a global series of international events for youngsters to discuss their innovative ideas, vision and proposals for the future of sustainable tourism. This actively recognises the vital contribution of youth to the continued development of the societies and within the global framework of the UN Agenda 2030 and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Children and youth are not only our future leaders, but important stakeholders of the present, and we can empower and involve them starting today”, said UNWTO Secretary General, Zurab Pololikashvili.

“As the leaders of tomorrow, it is pivotal that young people become involved in shaping and the global vision for the future”, he added.

Young people between the ages of 12 to 18 will join UN and government officials, representatives of the tourism industry, globally recognised celebrities, tourism experts and other major stakeholders. They will take part in a range of interactive activities as leading global personalities share their experiences around tourism and areas such as sports, music, gastronomy, and the film industry.

Participants will explore different aspects of responsible and sustainable tourism through a variety of interactive activities: workshops, roundtables, masterclasses, plenary sessions, cultural and sports activities and UNWTO General Assembly simulations.

Through a model UNWTO General Assembly, participants will 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).

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