1st UNWTO International Congress on Tourism & Pilgrimages

1st UNWTO International Congress on Tourism & Pilgrimages

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The First International Congress on Tourism and Pilgrimages, co-organised by the World Tourism Organisation, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain and the Regional Government of Galicia, aims at:

Highlighting the importance for tourism of the historical and cultural legacy of pilgrimages and spiritual routes, focusing on both their religious and secular aspects;

Discussing the role of tourism policies and strategies in the preservation and management of heritage assets along paths and routes, and thus,

Underlining the positive contribution of pilgrimages to the sustainable and responsible growth of tourism as well as the contribution of tourism towards international understanding.





Santiago de Compostela Declaration (PDF)

Declaración de Santiago de Compostela (PDF)

Déclaration de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle (PDF)


Michael KaganEducation Director of the Nava Tehila Community of Jerusalem, Israel

Guadalupe Vargas, Professor, University of Vera Cruz, México 

Brad Towle, International Tourism Promotion & Development Director, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, Japan 

Maru Acevedo, Vice-Minister of Tourism, Guatemala 

Marijana Belaj, Professor, Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Zagreb, Croatia 

Xue Yunwei, Vice-Mayor of Zhengzhou, China

Devesh Chaturvedi, Principal Secretary, Department of Planning, Government of Uttar Pradesh and Divisional Commissioner of Allahabad during Kumbh Mela 2013, India 

Alison Hilliard, Deputy Secretary-General, Alliance of Religions and Conservation, ARC, United Kingdom

Ven. Myeong Beop, Former Deputy Director of International Affairs Dept. International Seon (Zen) Centre of Jogye Order

I Gede Ardika, Member of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, former Minister of Tourism and Culture of Indonesia  

    Other relevant material

Programme in English (PDF)

Programme in Spanish (PDF)

General Information Note in English (PDF)

General Information Note in Spanish (PDF)



For more information please contact ecsr@unwto.org


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