Tourism on the 21st century Maritime Silk Road: impacts and opportunities

The UNWTO Silk Road Programme with kind support of Beijing Sunny International Communications Ltd. has officially launched the research on "Tourism on the 21st century Maritime Silk Road: impacts and opportunities", an innovative study aimed at revitalizing ancient Maritime Silk Road routes. 
The project is designed to provide evidence on the tourism impact of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and to assess the potential development of Maritime Silk Road thematic routes across Asia and beyond. 
Primarily associated with inland routes, the historic Silk Road comprises an extensive network of maritime itineraries, offering exceptional experiences, heritage and culture. 
As the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, a component of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, is expected to play a vital role for the maritime infrastructure development through regional cooperation, it has a potential to favour the establishment of new maritime routes based on the ancient Maritime Silk Road heritage.
Thus the momentum demands a profound study on the possible implication of the maritime infrastructure development of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road to thematic tourism, based on the Maritime Silk Road heritage. The study is conducted by the UNWTO tourism expert Mr Robert Travers with support of the UNWTO Silk Road Programme. 
Within the project, following key elements will be delivered:
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07/2017 - 11/2017