A panel of leading tourism and biodiversity
experts will meet in China on World Tourism Day (WTD) to explore
the synergies between tourism, biodiversity and sustainable
development in an event marking the official celebrations of WTD
2010 (27 September).
WTD, is held this year under the theme ‘Tourism
and Biodiversity’, in support of the United Nations International
Year of Biodiversity. China, one of the world’s most biologically
diverse countries and a major tourism destination, will lead the
2010 official WTD celebrations.
The High Level Dialogue on Tourism, Biodiversity
and Sustainable Development, meeting in the southern Chinese city
of Guangzhou, the host of the WTD celebrations, will debate issues
ranging from the economic value of biodiversity for tourism, to
how to integrate biodiversity protection into planning for
Participants include representatives from the
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International
Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); the President and CEO of
the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the CEO of Six
Senses Resorts; as well as the Ministers of Tourism of China,
Kenya and Malaysia.
The conclusions of the High Level Dialogue
will be presented to the tenth Conference of the Parties to the
CBD as part of UNWTO’s contribution to the post-2010 targets of
the CBD (Nagoya, Japan, 18-29 October).
The official WTD celebrations, organized by
UNWTO, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and
Guangdong Province, are held in conjunction with the Guangdong
International Tourism and Culture Festival and also include a road
parade for WTD Celebrations and the Asian Games and a photo
exhibition along the streets of Guangzhou, featuring photos from
this year’s WTD photo competition.
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