The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced the theme for the fourth edition of its Euro-Asian Mountain Tourism Conference, which will take place from 2-5 March 2019 in Germany. The theme will be “The Future of Mountain Tourism.” Opportunities and challenges facing the development of this practice will be discussed during this event.
The conference was conceived to create a shared and long-term vision of mountain tourism. Tourism professionals from all sectors involved will meet in this edition, including government representatives, members of the Destination Management Organizations and even actors from the private sector, in order to mediate in favor of the future of this area.
Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian minister of economy, development and energy, is set to open the conference together with secretary general Zurab Pololikashvili, as well as Thomas Bareiss, parliamentary state secretary of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. They will be joined by Georg Grabner, executive director of the Berchtesgaden district and host of the event.
Close to 15 international speakers from across Europe and Asia will hold panels during the conference. There will also be a session on the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Program and the Sustainable Development Goals, as a framework to coordinate agents from different sectors and borders in terms of environmental policies and actions. A total of six discussion tables and several thematic presentations will also be held.
This conference is coordinated by the World Tourism Organization, together with the Berchtesgadener Region, with the support of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, as well as Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.