Hyderabad to host conference on sustainable tourism

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) To help boost tourism in South-East Asia, a UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) meeting and three-day conference on sustainable tourism will be held in Hyderabad April 12-14, officials said Thursday.

Organised by the union ministry of tourism, the conference of the UNWTO would start April 12, while its 25th joint commission meeting would be held April 13.

Both the events will bring together delegates from various countries in south Asia, east Asia and the pacific to review the region’s performance in the tourism sector and deliberate on measures for further development.

India currently holds the chair of the UNWTO Regional Commission for South Asia.

“India accords great importance to the issue of sustainable tourism,” union Minister for Tourism K. Chiranjeevi told reporters adding that the need of the hour was not the tourism growth alone but development in sustainable manner.

Over 250 delegates are expected to participate in the conference. The meeting will have over 100 delegates from the UNWTO member countries.

“The event will provide a great opportunity for Andhra Pradesh and particularly the city of Hyderabad to showcase the varied attractions and facilities to the international tourism fraternity and would help in promoting tourism in the state,” the minister added.

The UNWTO is the United Nations’ agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

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