Technology for Rural Development

UNWTO & WTM Ministers' Summit 2019: Technology for Rural Development

The UNWTO & Ministers' Summit will provide a truly practical platform for tourism leaders of the public and private sectors to share best practices and explore investment opportunities.

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After a successful restructure last year, we continue to present our existing new format which encourages open discussions and innovations. With the private sector crucial in setting the tourism agenda, we invite private ector leaders to a panel, followed by a round table where they will be joined by ministers.

Moderator: NinaDos Santos, CNN International

11:00 - 11:15 Opening & Welcome Remarks

- Simon Press, Director WTM London, Reed Exhibitions

- Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO

11:15 - 11:25 Keynote: Big Data to Help Understand Travel Trends in Rural Areas

- Santi Camps, Chief Executive Officer, Mabrian

11:25 - 12:10 Expert Panel: Planning Infrastructure, Technology and Tourism for Rural Development

Experts in transportation, connectivity, financial technologies, innovation and rural development will debate regarding technological solutions and how collaboration, planning and tourism can respond to the challenges faced by rural development.

12:10 - 12:50 Ministerial Discussion: Tourism and Rural Policies to Empower Communities to Innovate

Innovation and technology can have a central role in bridging the divide between urban and rural communities. Following the panel of experts, Ministers of Tourism will discuss strategies and policies in tourism to include more competitive and inclusive technologies that empower communities and foster sustainable development.

12:50 - 13:00 Closing Remarks