On September 16 the 22nd Session of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly came to a successful conclusion. This was the second session held in China and the sixth session in the Asian and Pacific region.
This important global meeting was attended by senior tourism officials and high-level delegates from 161 states and representatives from over 500 UNWTO affiliate members representing public and private organizations, destinations, NGOs and educational institutions.
Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals take centre stage
Tourism plays a very important leading role in the economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability. Great efforts were made to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals agreed upon by nearly 200 nations to reduce poverty and foster sustainable development worldwide.
In the year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IYSTD), the 22nd World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) 2017 gave us an invaluable opportunity to reach a global and high-level audience in order to deliver these universal goals. This event was therefore themed “Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals – Journey to 2030”.
About Chengdu, Sichuan
As the venue of the 22nd World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly, Chengdu is the capital city of Sichuan province. The city’s history goes back over 2300 years, it has the reputation of “The Land of Abundance” since ancient times. With world natural and cultural heritage properties such as Mount Qingcheng, the Dujiangyan Irrigation System and the giant panda habitat as well as over 40 AAAA-rated scenic spots like Wuhou Temple, Dufu’s Thatched Cottage and Jinsha Relics, the city enjoys numerous distinctions as a famous historical and cultural city in China, having been named as the City of Gastronomy by UNESCO and as Best Tourist City of China jointly by the UNWTO and the China National Tourism Administration.
About Sichuan, China
The western part of Sichuan belongs to the Qinghai-Tibet-Plateau with its highest mountains (up to over 7500m) and Tibetan culture. Chengdu, the capital, is the economical, political and cultural hub and is situated centrally in the province.
As one of the most visited provinces in China, Sichuan highlights are: Leshan Giant Buddha statue, the tallest Buddha in the world, Jiuzhaigou, nicknamed the Land of Fairy Tales and the most popular travel destination in Sichuan (closed to the public at the moment).