First Global Culture and Heritage Tourism Summit

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Valencia and WTACH to Host First Global Culture and Heritage Tourism SummitVisit Valencia has partnered with The World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH) to host the world’s first tourism summit dedicated to protecting and preserving culture and heritage in tourism destinations.

“We want to show Valencia’s support for a new kind of tourism that is inclusive and cherishes the magnificent diversity of culture and heritage on our planet,” said Ms Sandra Gómez, Vice Mayor of Valencia.

We aim to inspire good governance, travel, and tourism to protect global culture and heritage assets, particularly for local communities, who are often the creators and custodians of those assets over millennia.

“The sensitive and wise preservation of both our past and living culture is very much a part of our ‘smart tourism’ ethos,” said Ms Gómez.

Valencia is a leading light in this field, so it was a natural fit for WTACH to work with Visit Valencia to introduce our inaugural global summit,” said Mr Fell.

GS23 aims to attract representatives from government ministries, tourism boards, leading private sector decision-makers, tour operators, corporate sponsors, community representatives, NGOs, media and others.

“This inaugural summit is the expression of a movement whose time has come,” said Mr Fell.

“Delegates will experience a dynamic city renowned for both its modern and traditional culture,” she said. The overarching aim of the event will be to raise awareness and ensure that the unique attributes, history, cultural assets and values that attract tourists to locations around the world are preserved on behalf of future generations.

Nigel Fell and Ms GómezThe summit, called GS23, will take place in Valencia, Spain, 24-25 September 2023.

Valencia has a strong track record of breaking new ground on cultural matters. It has also recently been named European Green Capital 2024 due to its past and current achievements in sustainable tourism, climate neutrality and green transition. The agreement to host the global summit was sealed on behalf of WTACH by its President & CEO, Nigel Fell and Ms Gómez, at the Visit Valencia stand at the World Travel Market in London on 7 November. It is currently the European Capital of Smart Tourism 2022 and World Design Capital 2022.



Written by: Supaporn  Pholrach (Joom)



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