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

15 Apr 15
Press Release
Exports from international tourism rise to US$ 1.5 trillion in 2014
Receipts from international visitors spending on accommodation, food and drink, entertainment, shopping and other services and goods reached an estimated US$ 1,245 billion (euro 937 billion) in 2014...
14 Apr 15
News
The UNWTO Silk Road Programme welcomes Spain as its 32nd Member State
Spain recently became the 32nd member to join the UNWTO Silk Road Programme, a collaborative platform aimed at developing sustainable and internationally competitive tourism along the historic Silk...
05 Mar 15
Press Release
Visa facilitation, infrastructure and marketing: key priorities for Silk Road Ministers
Participating countries reported on the measures taken to promote Silk Road tourism with a clear focus on visa facilitation, while calling for a more collaborative approach to marketing, namely e-...
04 Mar 15
Press Release
UNWTO strongly condemns the destruction of cultural heritage
“As stated by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, the recent systematic destruction of Iraq’s unique cultural heritage is intolerable and must come to an end immediately”, said UNWTO Secretary-...
25 Feb 15
Press Release
UNWTO activities at ITB 2015
ITB Berlin Opening Ceremony (3 March, 18.00 – 20.00, CityCube Berlin Hall B)UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, will deliver the opening speech at the ITB opening ceremony. 5th Silk Road...