11th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism
The World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism is an initiative of Andorra’s 7 Communes, the Government of Andorra, and the World Tourism Organization, aimed at setting up a permanent discussion forum on the development and sustainability of tourism in mountain areas. It is held every two years and is organised by each Commune in rotation.
Since its inception in 1998, the Congress has focused on the most innovative topics of the time, deriving from the analysis of touristic and social trends, the economic situation, and the development of communication and analysis tools.
For this reason, and supported by the increase in participants at each edition, the World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism in Andorra has become an international benchmark for the exchange of knowledge regarding trends, tools, and opportunities for tourism development in mountain areas.
Greetings from the Minister
On 10 March 2020 we had to postpone the Snow and Mountain Tourism World Congress due to the health emergency caused by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. I am pleased to announce that the organisation of this Congress has been reactivated thanks to the involvement of the seven municipalities (Comuns) and the Government of Andorra, and the World Tourism Organisation (WTO). Canillo will be the host parish for this eleventh edition.
You all know that tourism has been one of the sectors most affected by the pandemic and that the consequences for our economy have had a huge impact on the commercial fabric and jobs, although it is true that the resilience of our sector has helped us to be innovative, to rethink everything we had consolidated with effort and time, and to listen to the demands of tourists and take care of them, knowing that health, protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, screening and vaccination are some of the key elements that allow us to look to the future with some optimism.
Message from the Secretary-General of the UNWTO
Tourism has been one of the sectors worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden and unprecedented fall in international arrivals has had a profound impact at many levels, damaging economies, livelihoods, public services and opportunities all around the world.
It is also irrefutable that, over recent decades, tourism has been one of the fastest growing socio-economic sectors. It has become increasingly recognized as a vital contributor to job and wealth creation, to environmental protection and to poverty alleviation. All this makes tourism a powerful force for the advancement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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