International Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities


13 October 2016 - 15 October 2016




The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia and the World Cities Scientific Development Alliance (WCSDA), organized the International Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 13-15 October 2016.

The conference gathered Ministers and high-level officials from 9 UNWTO Silk Road Member States, official representatives from Silk Road regions, the sister UN Agency the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and UNWTO Affiliate Members to address the potential of tourism initiatives focused on nomadic tourism and sustainable city tourism.

The Silk Road countries agreed that, while the Silk Road presents extensive opportunities for development and growth, long-term success will depend upon increased collaboration in the three key areas identified in the Silk Road Action Plan: marketing and promotion, capacity building and destination management, and travel facilitation.

UNWTO would like to thank the co-organizers and all attending delegates for their great input and support during the event. Special gratitude is also due to Turkish Airlines and MIAT for offering sponsorship to the conference.

Official UNWTO Press Release (released on 18 October 2016)

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Silk Road Conference in the news:


Day 1: Plenary Session

Day 1: Creating a Stronger Business Environment for the Growth of Nomadic Tourism

Day 1: Addressing Cultural and Environmental Concerns while Safeguarding Nomadic Heritage

Day 2: Unlocking the Potential of Nomadic Tourism through innovative approaches and themed events