The Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development in the Danube Region: New Perspectives which is taking place in the framework of the International Danube Day is organized by the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia, in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in the name of German Development Cooperation.
Considering the United Nations’ (UN) designation of the 2017 as The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, this is an appropriate momentum to perceive the current situation in tourism, to share experiences and ideas regarding the advantage of a rapidly evolving tourism sector, gearing to a joint agreement on main priorities.
The aim of the Conference is to lay the policy and strategic groundwork for the development of joint sustainable tourism products and marketing platforms in the Danube Region and beyond.
The participants of the Conference will have a chance to discuss joint policies and strategies which could be used in laying the framework for sustainable tourism development, investment and promotion in the Danube Region and beyond. They would have opportunity to address key issues such as skills development, sustainability, transnational cooperation and innovation, with the aim to identify flagship projects for transnational cooperation in the Danube Region and beyond.
On this occasion, MODUL University Dubai’s Prof. Dr. Edith Szivas, a UNWTO consultant and UNWTO Ted.Qual (Tourism Education Quality Certification Programme) expert and auditor participated along with the highest officials Mr. Rasim Ljajic, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Ms. Karla Hershey, UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia and Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization.
Dr. Florian Aubke, Assistant Professor of MODUL University Vienna attended the conference as part of a distinguished panel titled “Investing in people: Bridging the skills gap”. The panel addressed the ways in which the tourism industry, government and academia can work together to ensure future employees are given holistic, industry-centric educational experience, specifically tailored to fit the industry’s requirements. ”
Cultural tourism plays a leading role in creating new socio-economic opportunities for tourism development at local, regional and national level. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include two targets calling for tourism to create jobs that promote local culture and products. The participants will look for the way how linkages between tourism and creative industries, such as science, technology and the arts represent an opportunity for creating new and innovative forms of cultural tourism experiences. It will discuss what policies and actions are required to develop supply chains linking producers, consumers and places which fully exploit the added value potential of the creative industries.