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Wed, 15 June 2016

UNWTO Signs MOU with Astana Expo 2017 National Company

The UNWTO has partnered Astana Expo 2017 National Company to promote sustainable tourism at the international exhibition which will be held in Astana in 2017 under the theme Future Energy.

The MOU signed includes dissemination of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 and the promotion of energy efficiency in tourism and of the UNWTO Silk Road initiative.

This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the role that the tourism sector has in advancing a greener future, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. Kazakhstan is rich in energy resources but we need to look into the future and protect our environment, and the future is renewable energies.

Specific areas of cooperation in the MOU include the promotion of the Hotel Energy Solution initiative among hotels in Kazakhstan and the organization of a Conference on Tourism and Future Energy in June 2017.

In addition, a Train the Trainers initiative will be conducted during the Astana Expo to enhance the capacities of tour operators based along the Silk Road.

See: Pictures from Almaty and Astana in Kazakhstan.

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