Luxor to host summit on tourism in cities

The event will be held by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization and the Egyptian government on November 1 and 2.

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São Paulo – The United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the government of Egypt will host the 5th Global Summit on City Tourism on November 1 and 2. The event will happen in Luxor, Egypt and will be themed “Cities: local culture for global travellers.”

The UNWTO reported that the conference will cover city tourism trends, sustainable development, spatial organization and rejuvenation, innovation, intercultural behavior, and new business models, including the so-called “shared economy.”Tourism has become a key part of life in many cities, but according to the UNWTO, it must also be a tool for social cohesion and culture preservation.

During the event, the organization will launch the City Tourism Network, with representatives from both public and private sectors, to formulate policies for the sustainable improvement of the activity. One of the initiatives planned is the “Mayors for Tourism”, which aims to foster cooperation between local authorities within the sector. Mayors from several cities were invited to share their local experiences.

Preceding the summit, also in Luxor, the 104th Session of the UNWTO Executive Council will take place on October 30 and November 1. The city of Luxor, formerly Thebes, the capital of ancient Egypt during the so-called New Kingdom, is one of the Arab country’s main tourist spots and home to such attractions as the Temple of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings.For the full schedule, registrations and further information, visit the event’s website at

Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum and Sérgio Kakitani