This has been the 10th year that the Forum was held in Guilin, China. This time it aimed at summarizing the outcomes of the past 9 Forums and be on the outlook for the future development of the travel industry. Great importance was attached to this special 10th anniversary edition of the Forum. Tourism trends, changes in travel behavior and booking patterns, as well as sustainable-related practices applied to the sector were some of the themes addressed through the discussions.
Following the past tradition of the Forum, the sub-Forum about Guilin was also set up this year. To provide advice for the development of tourism in Guilin, issues related to region-based tourism and targeted poverty alleviation were being discussed by government officers, traveling experts and professionals in the Forum. As a result of building a more global tourist destination, new traveling routes have been introduced in Guilin. The guests of this Forum were guided to investigate the city in two paths and were shown the new cultural landmarks.
After the first observatory of the tourism in China was set up in Yangshuo, Guilin 10 years ago, UNWTO has established more than 20 observatories at traveling destinations around the world. As the Yangshuo Observatory has been acting as a positive example, the 5th Annual Conference of UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories in China took place also in Guilin on 20 and 21 October.
Guilin is a renowned tourist destination of all time. It will continue its growth in sustainable tourism taking experience from these two events.
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SOURCE Guilin Tourism Development Committee