UNWTO chief: Young people must be active participants in tourism sector restart

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
UNWTO chief: Young people must be active participants in tourism sector restartYoung people must not only be beneficiaries of tourism’s restart, but they must also be active participants in it

Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili delivered the following message during the first Global Youth Tourism Summit held in Italy:

"Young people have always been an integral part of tourism. Countless destinations, in every global region, depend on them to support businesses and livelihoods, and the return of young travelers as the world opens up again brings hope for many millions of people. At the same time, young people also make up a significant proportion of the tourism workforce. Indeed, our sector is one of the leading providers of youth empowerment, providing opportunities for everyone, regardless of their background or academic attainment.

UNWTO recognizes the importance of youth. For this reason, youth empowerment, including through offering education and training opportunities as well as access to decent jobs, is one of our key priorities. But we are committed to going even further. Young people must not only be beneficiaries of tourism’s restart, but they must also be active participants in it. Now is the time to bring young voices on board as we make big decisions that will set the course for our sector for years to come.

The first UNWTO Global Youth Tourism Summit confirmed that the young talent is there. So too is the determination to make a difference. For one week in Italy, we brought together some of the brightest young minds, to hear their concerns, but above all, their vision for the sector. This was a landmark first – for the young people, for UNWTO, and for the tourism sector as a whole. It put young people in the driving seat. And it gave them a unique opportunity to engage directly with the sector’s leaders, including business heads and Ministers of Tourism.

Out of the week came the Sorrento Call to Action, a call from the young participants to have a greater say in the decisions that will affect them whether as tourists themselves or as beneficiaries of the sector. While only signed by the delegates present in Sorrento, it is a true representation of the determination of global youth not to be left on the sidelines anymore. It also makes clear the priorities of the next generation of tourists and tourism leaders, namely accelerating the shift towards greater sustainability, most notably through the development and promotion of green transport, for greater inclusion and respect for human rights, and finally ensuring that the benefits tourism delivers are enjoyed as widely and fairly as possible.

To put these ideas and ambitions into action, young people need to be given a seat at the decision-making table. Youth-led organizations need to be invited to monitor and assess the development of tourism and, if necessary, be in a position where they can hold governments and businesses to account.

Every part of the wide global tourism ecosystem will benefit enormously from embracing the power of youth. Right now, the planet is home to around 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10-24— the largest generation of youth in human history. Almost 90% of them live in developing countries, and in many of them they make up the majority of the population. It’s here that they can make the biggest difference, and tourism is without doubt the most powerful vehicle to drive transformation and growth.

As World Tourism Day 2022 makes clear in its theme, we now have an opportunity to rethink tourism – where we are and where we are going. Young people must be active protagonists in this vital process. The climate action movement has shown what can be achieved if young voices are brought on board. Here, young activists have helped set the agenda and pushed governments to raise their ambitions. Tourism must now do the same, and UNWTO is ready to lead by example."

RELATED TOPICS: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinationsGreek travel marketGreek tourism statisticsGreek tourism report

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Discasto

Tornos
  1. 02/12 00:53

    UNWTO and European Commission share joint vision fro sector's future

  2. 02/12 00:25

    Vegan Fiesta Hellas 2022 in Athens this weekend

  3. 02/12 00:24

    President of Hellenic Republic receives New York mayor Eric Adams

  4. 02/12 00:21

    Athens and New York become twin cities formally

  5. 01/12 22:50

    Finance Minister puts pressure on Greek banks to relieve vulnerable debtors

  6. 01/12 22:28

    Athens and world mayors light Christmas Tree at Syntagma Square

  7. 01/12 18:44

    Mayor Eric Adams in Greece Visit: New York is the Athens of America

  8. 01/12 16:56

    ELSTAT: The Greek unemployment rate dropped to 11.6% in October

  9. 01/12 16:38

    UNWTO chief: Tourism and transport can deliver a better future for Europe

  10. 01/12 16:09

    Greek supermarkets fined for violating 'household basket' legislation

  11. 30/11 23:28

    Warm welcome for Greek Minister of Culture in University of Connecticut

  12. 30/11 23:23

    Minister: Greece a hub for supplying natural gas and green energy

  13. 30/11 23:19

    Headwinds continue to affect international air cargo demand in October

  14. 30/11 20:16

    Three major road and railway projects to be tendered in Greece this year

  15. 30/11 18:10

    Civil marriage licenses available and issued online at my.gov.gr in Greece

  16. 30/11 15:12

    UNWTO and Morocco join forces to support 10,000 tourism MSMES go digital

  17. 30/11 14:50

    Air China announces Shanghai-Athens air connection on December 22

  18. 30/11 14:04

    Ferry between Thessaloniki and Izmir suspends operation until summer 2023

  19. 30/11 13:08

    IATA calls on Denmark and Iceland to revoke planned ATC rate rises

  20. 30/11 11:55

    UNWTO Chief: “We are your voice at global governance level”

  21. 29/11 23:14

    Increasing direct flights from Saudi Arabia to Greece under discussion

  22. 29/11 22:52

    Greek PM says Parthenon Marbles could return but won’t push

  23. 29/11 21:35

    Strict protocols for return of unvaccinated medical staff to work in Greece

  24. 29/11 19:16

    Greek Foreign Minister sends message to mark the Day of the Mediterranean

  25. 29/11 19:01

    Greece prepares for 'Ariel' weather front

  26. 29/11 18:24

    43,914 Covid cases and 118 fatalities in Greece on November 21-27

  27. 29/11 16:49

    FinMin: 2022 a record year for foreign investment in Greece and exports

  28. 29/11 15:40

    Greek PM: After the elections I expect a new “explosion” of investments

  29. 29/11 14:45

    French Αmbassador: Greece plays an important role in stability and security

  30. 29/11 13:29

    Impressive Cretan dance steals the show in front of the Niagara Falls (video)

  31. 29/11 11:15

    Media report: Investing in less popular tourist destinations has paid off for Greece

  32. 29/11 00:06

    First snow of the season falls on Greece's mountains (video)

  33. 28/11 23:53

    New ambassadors of Slovenia, Slovakia, and Canada to Athens present credentials

  34. 28/11 22:43

    French ambassador visits Greek port of Alexandroupolis with delegation

  35. 28/11 20:11

    AP report: Greek Prime Minister meets with Britain’s King Charles

  36. 28/11 17:38

    UNWTO and Madrid organize first experts meeting on cultural tourism

  37. 28/11 17:02

    Minister: Greece emerging as key gateway for natural gas in SE Europe

  38. 28/11 12:32

    Greek Tourism Minister in Riyadh for 22nd WTTC

  39. 26/11 23:58

    United Nations World Tourism Organization welcomes 18 new affiliate members

  40. 26/11 23:46

    UNWTO Executive Council: Education, investments keys to transform sector

  41. 25/11 16:06

    Eminent Greek artists, jewelers and more donate items for THI’s online auction

  42. 25/11 15:56

    SNFCC becomes again most magical Christmas destination in Athens

  43. 25/11 12:51

    Tourism Minister: 12th Conference of Selectour in Greece a vote of confidence

  44. 25/11 12:10

    Total subsidy for electricity in Greece during December reaches €435 million

  45. 25/11 11:02

    Council of State: Mandatory vaccination of Greek health workers unconstitutional

  46. 24/11 21:51

    Ermou street of Athens in top 15 most expensive shopping streets in the world

  47. 24/11 21:39

    24th Annual Capital Link Invest in Greece Forum on December 9 in New York

  48. 24/11 21:23

    Italian WWII submarine wreckage discovered off Greek island of Mykonos

  49. 24/11 21:09

    European flights' passengers will be able to use 5G on their mobile phones

  50. 24/11 20:59

    Greece and Australia deal to avoid double taxation boosts economic relations

  51. 24/11 20:47

    94.6% of Greece's pensioners to see hike in pay cheques as of January 1

  52. 24/11 19:33

    Energy Minister: Greece is asking for a 150-200 euro cap on natural gas

  53. 24/11 18:16

    Warply: Over 90,000 consumers have used 'household basket' app in Greece

  54. 24/11 14:47

    Municipality of Athens gets closer to its citizens through Viber app

  55. 23/11 19:33

    HACC offers Thanksgiving wishes and support for children in need

  56. 23/11 19:27

    “Black Friday” hype engulfs consumers across Greece

  57. 23/11 19:02

    Athens road traffic restrictions on Thursday for 7th Authentic Phidippides Run

  58. 23/11 16:49

    New initiative: “Medical Visa” the next step to encourage visits to Greece

  59. 23/11 16:22

    Hellenic Republic President at Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door event

  60. 23/11 15:18

    German Ambassador to Athens: Greece has made significant progress in modernisation

  61. 23/11 14:13

    New reductions of up to -18.1% in total cost of 'household basket' in Greece

  62. 23/11 13:38

    Greek FinMin: New chapter for the country and return to European normality

  63. 23/11 12:07

    UNWTO: Global tourism recovery speeds up to reach 65% of pre-pandemic levels

  64. 23/11 11:53

    U.S. Athens Embassy and Thessaloniki Consulate closed on November 24

  65. 22/11 19:43

    FM: Greece to boost relations with Latin America and Caribbean countries

  66. 22/11 19:37

    Greece and Egypt sign MoU on aeronautics, maritime search and rescue

  67. 22/11 19:27

    AP report: Thanksgiving might bring changes in holiday-travel habits

  68. 22/11 19:21

    US-German firm Linde commences hydrogen production in Greece

  69. 22/11 19:18

    53,800 Covid cases and 147 fatalities recorded in Greece on November 14-20

  70. 22/11 18:48

    Cyprus Transport Minister: Tourist arrivals of 2023 may surpass those of 2019

  71. 22/11 17:14

    Vaccination centres in Cyprus will be open on Saturdays, November 26, December 3

  72. 22/11 15:33

    Media: Uncertified Cypriot cheese factories can still export halloumi

  73. 22/11 14:57

    Athens Walking Tours: Guided tours in Athens followed the best forecast scenario in 2022

  74. 22/11 12:11

    Shops will open in Greece on Sunday, 27 November

  75. 22/11 11:41

    Limassol Book Fair aims to fill the gaps in the Cypriot book market

  76. 21/11 20:12

    Lufthansa Airline to hire 20,000 employees in Europe amid strong recovery

  77. 21/11 20:04

    AHI takes part in PSEKA Conference marking somber Cyprus anniversary

  78. 21/11 20:01

    Greek Finance Ministry tables 2023 state budget to Parliament

  79. 21/11 19:56

    UK Ex-Culture Secretary wants Parthenon Marbles returned to Greece

  80. 21/11 19:48

    13.4 billion euros in EU funding greenlighted for Greece's agricultural sector

  81. 21/11 19:28

    The Cretan Lifestyle Conference: Exploring wellness, food and culture

  82. 21/11 18:07

    Biggest ever flight programme from Cyprus by Ryanair in summer 2023 launched

  83. 21/11 12:16

    PHILOXENIA 2022: Greece remains among the top tourism destinations

  84. 21/11 10:53

    Greek PM: Every day we work to make the life of every citizen better

  85. 19/11 19:49

    United Nations World Tourism Organization connects sector and culture in Nigeria

  86. 18/11 15:38

    Event-debate on new tourism season's challenges at Philoxenia 2022

  87. 18/11 15:33

    United States Antiquities Officials train law enforcement in Greece

  88. 18/11 12:27

    Hellenic Air Force Museum opens to the public in Attica on Monday

  89. 18/11 11:42

    Railway connection between Rio and Patras port enters final stage

  90. 18/11 10:46

    Mosaics House in Sparta city showcases Roman mosaics of Europa and Orpheus

  91. 17/11 19:20

    38 Hellenic-American politicians win in the U.S. 2022 mid-term elections

  92. 17/11 19:15

    UNWTO at COP27: Uniting sector around tangible climate action plans

  93. 17/11 18:49

    Lonely Planet: Halkidiki ranks first the travel destinations "to unwind" in 2023

  94. 17/11 18:31

    Athens closes down as Polytechnic march toward US Embassy underway (video)

  95. 17/11 17:59

    Greek PM from Delphi: Protection of world heritage and nature go together

  96. 17/11 16:26

    Tourist arrivals in Cyprus rise 2.3% in October 2022

  97. 17/11 16:20

    Health Ministry: Flu vaccination without prescription soon in Greece

  98. 17/11 15:39

    Greece and Austria boost cooperation on climate crisis and civil protection

  99. 17/11 15:11

    Greek Defense Minister to meet with visiting Israeli counterpart in Athens

  100. 17/11 11:04

    UNWTO Gastronomy Tourism Forum in Japan