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

03 Feb 16
UNWTO International Conference on Heritage Tourism: How do we Foster, Present and Preserve World Treasures?
  The UNWTO International Conference on Heritage Tourism will provide a forum for the tourism industry, governments, academia, representatives of local communities, and international...
18 Jan 16
Press Release
International tourist arrivals up 4% reach a record 1.2 billion in 2015
2015 marks the 6th consecutive year of above-average growth, with international arrivals increasing by 4% or more every year since the post-crisis year of 2010. “International tourism reached new...
12 Jan 16
Press Release
UNWTO strongly condemns attack in Istanbul
"On the behalf of the entire international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and expresses its full solidarity with the people and...
19 Nov 15
#Social Silk Road Seminar at WTM London 2015: The rise of experiential travel and the booking revolution
#Social Silk Road Seminar at WTM London 2015: The rise of experiential travel and the booking revolution Organized by UNWTO, Travel Perspective and supported by WTM London After the success of last...
29 Oct 15
Press Release
UNWTO activities at WTM London to focus on destination branding, the Silk Road and youth travel
During the same day, UNWTO will present the first Global Conference on Wine Tourism, in cooperation with the Georgian National Tourism Administration to be held in Georgia in 2016. The activity is...
21 Oct 15
UNWTO hosts 3rd Meeting of Joint Working Group of the Almaty Bishkek Corridor Initiative (ABCI)
Picture: UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Taleb Rifai with participants of the 3rd Meeting of the Joint Working Group of the ABCI at Madrid HQ. On 19-20 October 2015, UNWTO hosted the 3rd Meeting of...
13 Oct 15
Official Press Release issued by the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)
Location: Dushanbe, Tajikistan Conference “Community Based Tourism in Central Asia: Potential drivers for regional development and integration" On Friday the 16th, the Conference “Community Based...