The Summit will bring together children and youth from all regions of the world, giving them a platform to share their vision and hopes for the sector. In line with UNWTO’s commitment to youth empowerment, the initiative will also allow participants to network with leaders from the world of politics and business, making them part of the decision-making process as tourism develops. potential as a promoter of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Welcoming the first participants, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili emphasized that “tourism is a proven source of opportunity for young people, in cities and rural communities, at all educational levels and in all regions of the world”.
Tourism is a proven source of opportunity for young people, in cities and rural communities, at all educational levels and in all regions of the world.
Tourism Minister Garavaglia added: “Young people can play an important role in overcoming the crisis facing the tourism sector. They can also be an active agent of recovery and change and play a leading role in the transition towards more sustainable tourism, which is essential if we want to achieve sustainable development. We are all looking forward to welcoming you to wonderful Sorrento.”
The young participants were also welcomed by the UNWTO Ambassador for Responsible Tourism and the famous football star Didier Drogba, who encouraged them to be the protagonists of the future of tourism and wished them the best for the upcoming activities.
Online learning and experience across the industry
The launch of the World Youth Tourism Summit coincides with the European Year of Youth. The GYTS series will include various webinars during which participants will learn about tourism and sustainability, culture and gastronomy, innovation and climate action, and other relevant topics.
The Italian National Tourism Agency (ENIT) and the Campania region joined forces with the Ministry to support the implementation of the first edition of the World Youth Tourism Summit. Private stakeholders, including the Global Tourism Economics Research Center and the Bella Vista Institute of Higher Education, have also recognized the importance of the initiative.