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Second  / World Conference on Tourism and Culture


The Second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture to be held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, December 11-12, 2017, brought together Ministers of Tourism and Ministers of Culture as well as private sector stakeholders and experts with the objective of building and strengthening partnerships between the Tourism and Culture sectors and enhance their role in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This Conference is a sequel to the First UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia in February 2015  and will provide the platform to reflect upon the Siem Reap Declaration that pledged to explore the synergies of the tourism and culture sectors to work in harmony for sustainable development.

The United Nations has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, thereby offering  a unique opportunity to explore and highlight tourism’s potential to help transform the world into a place of prosperity and wellbeing for all.

In this context, the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture features  prominently as one of the official events on the calendar of activities of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Gathering tourism and culture stakeholders from all world regions in Muscat, Oman, the Conference will address a wide range of topics, including governance models, tourism development and protection of cultural heritage, culture and tourism in urban development and creativity, and exploring cultural landscape in tourism as a vehicle for sustainable development in destinations worldwide.


Key Links


event website


  • Are videos and presentations archived online? (Videos, yes!)
  • What were the outcomes of the event?
  • When is the next World Conference on Tourism and Culture?
  • Given that 2017 is the Year of Open, what type of resources, data, texts, photos and videos are available with a Creative Commons license?


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Making the most of the #YearOfOpen

Travel. Enjoy. Respect. #iy2017


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