Global Youth Tourism Summit (GYTS)

By United Nations World Tourism Organization

Global Youth Tourism Summit (GYTS)

📅 27 June 2022
Sorrento, Italy

The Global Youth Tourism Summit (GYTS) is a new platform, developed by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to enhance youth empowerment and engagement in the tourism sector. It will be a series of international events, workshops, education initiatives, that will give children and youth a unique platform to share and discuss innovative ideas, visions, and their proposals for the future of sustainable tourism within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The event will bring together children and youth, aged 12-18, with the UN and government officials, representatives of the tourism industry, globally recognized celebrities, experts, and other major stakeholders. Young participants will be given a platform for exchanging knowledge, raising awareness, stimulating dialogue, and networking. This will allow them to promote peace, mutual understanding, and sustainable development through tourism.

The world is home to the largest generation of young people in its history and it is expected to continue to grow. This has brought the necessity of developing new platforms for working with and for young people – at local, regional, national, and international levels.

Young generations are considered to be important stakeholders in the efforts of achieving the SDGs. Youth, recognized as a major force for development and social change, has the potential to drive also sustainable development in the tourism sector.

Considering the rapid growth of youth tourism over the last decade, as well as its social, cultural, economic, and environmental impact, it is essential to directly involve young people in the discussions and actions related to sustainable development and the future of tourism industry. For young people, travel is a form of learning, a way to meet other people and explore other cultures. It is a means of self-development and an essential part of everyday life. Youth tourism creates a diverse social and cultural understanding and fosters daily interaction between young people and their hosts.