The UNWTO Silk Road Programme welcomes Spain as its 32nd Member State

14 Apr 15

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 Road routes.

Strategically located along the Mediterranean Sea, and with ports and enclaves of great importance to the development of trade between Europe, Asia and Africa, Spain is, through its incredible cultural heritage, a clear example of the benefits that arise from mutual cooperation and exchange.

With the strong support of the Valencian Community and the University of Valencia, Spain’s commitment to sustainable and innovative tourism practices finds perfect resonance in the strategies and projects outlined in the Silk Road Action Plan 2014/2015.

As a first step in our joint effort to develop the tourism potential of the Silk Road, Spain participated, through its official Silk Road Task Force representative, in the 5th UNWTO Silk Road Task Force Meeting, to be held on 23-24 April 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Annually attended by official country representatives, the Silk Road Task Force meetings are central to the development of common projects and the strategic outline of the Silk Road Programme.

To visit the dedicated Silk Road page created by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain, please click here 

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Photo: The Valencia Silk Market or Silk Exchange (La Lonja de la Seda) in Spain. Built during 1482-1548, the building functioned as a commercial meeting place, and is one of the best examples of Gothic civil architecture in the Mediterranean region. Advanced fabric technology brought by Italian tradesmen during the 15th century was essential in expanding the Valencian silk industry, and in establishing the city as a cultural and economic centre. La Lonja de la Seda was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.