Welcome to the UNWTO Silk Road Programme website

The UNWTO Silk Road Programme is a collaborative initiative designed to enhance sustainable tourism development along the historic Silk Road route. It aims to maximize the benefits of tourism development for local Silk Road communities, while stimulating investment and promoting the conservation of the route's natural and cultural heritage. Additionally, it is working to foster greater co- operation between Silk Road countries and regions, with the established aim of creating a seamless and memorable Silk Road travel experience.

On this website you will find information on the objectives and key areas of activity of our programme, information on our participating Member States and other relevant stakeholders, as well information concerning key Silk Road events and conferences

Latest news

21 Jul 14
Press Release
International tourism: strong peak season anticipated
Destinations worldwide received some 317 million international tourists (overnight visitors) between January and April 2014, 14 million more than in the same period of 2013. This 5% growth...
16 Jul 14
17 countries commit their support for Silk Road tourism growth at 4th UNWTO Silk Road Task Force Meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia
On 7-8 July 2014, the 4th UNWTO Silk Road Task Force Meeting took place in Tbilisi, Georgia, organised by UNWTO and the Georgian National Tourism Administration. The Meeting was held in conjunction...
03 Jul 14
New UNWTO Silk Road Action Plan 2014/2015 now available
UNWTO Silk Road Programme is pleased to announce that the new Action Plan for 2014/2015 is now available. The Action Plan presents the objectives, vision for Silk Road tourism as well as providing an...
24 Jun 14
First Silk Road Heritage Corridor inscribed on World Heritage List
On 22 June 2014, the World Heritage Committee inscribed a section of the Silk Roads network submitted by Kyrgyzstan, China and Kazakhstan on the World Heritage List. The Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor...
23 Jun 14
Press Release
World Tourism Day 2014: Celebrating tourism and community development
This year’s WTD theme is ideally timed to contribute to the debate on tourism’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN development blueprint after 2015, which places a high...