World Tourism Day 2022 | Rethinking Tourism

Tourism’s relevance has never been clearer. The time is now to seize this opportunity to rethink how we do tourism.

10:00 – 17:30

Arrival and Registration of participants

19:00 - 21:00

Welcome dinner (by invitation only)

Venue: TBC
10:00 - 10:45

Opening Ceremony

Special Address by Mr. I Wayan Koster, Governor of Bali

Welcome remarks by H.E. Mr. Sandiaga Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia

Congratulatory Message by H.E. Mr. Joko Widodo, President of The Republic of Indonesia, Video Taping (Tbc)

Opening remarks by Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of UNWTO

Culture Performance
Group Photo

Venue: Grand Ballroom
10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break – News Conference

11:15 – 11:30

Presentation: World Tourism Day 2022 Report: from Crisis to Transformation

Mr. Marcelo Risi, UNWTO Chief of Communications

Mr. Phillip Orga, Head of Swiss Economic Cooperation at the Embassy of Switzerland in Indonesia (International Expert)

Venue: Grand Ballroom
11:30 – 12:15

High-Level Debate on Rethinking Tourism

Moderator: Ms. Emma Nelson, presenter at BBC TV news


H.E. Mr. Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia
H.E. Ms. Fatima Al Sairafi, Minister of Tourism, Kingdom of Bahrain
H.E. Mr. Siandou Fofana, Minister of Tourism and Recreation, Côte d’Ivoire
H.E. Mr. Faiyaz Koya, Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport of Fiji
H.E. Mr. Ahmed bin Aqil Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
H.E. Mr. Cho Yongman, Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea
H.E. Ms. María Reyes Maroto Illera, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Spain
Ms. Claudia Müller, Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry and for Tourism, Germany
Ms. Liz Ortiguera, CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
Ms. Julia Simpson, President & CEO of World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

 Venue: Grand Ballroom
12:15 - 14:15

Lunch Hosted by Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy

Venue: TBC
14:30 – 15:15

Panel Discussion - Rethinking Tourism and New Governance for Recovery

Moderator: Ms. Sandra Carvão, Chief of Market Intelligence and Competitiveness, UNWTO

Introductory remarks by Mrs. Angela Tanoesoedibjo, Vice Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy


Ms. Fransiska Handoko, Chairwoman of the Bali Hotel Association (BHA) and General Manager of Risata Bali Resort & Spa
Mr. Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General, ASEAN (TBC)
Mr. Jozua Makes, Founder of Plataran Hospitality Group
Ms. Laretna T. Adishakti, Lecturer and Coordinator of The Center for Heritage Conservation, Department of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada

 Venue: Grand Ballroom
15:15 – 16:00

The Tourism We Want - A conversation with Local Representatives

Moderator: Ms. Emma Nelson, presenter at BBC TV news


Ms. Melati Wijsen, Youth UN Envoy and Founder of Bye Bye Plastic Bags
Mr. Kadek Fendi Wirawan, Marine Biologist & Scientific Diver, Representative from Indonesian Coral Reef Garden
Mr. Agung Suryawan Wiranatha, Head of Centre of Excellence in Tourism, Udayana University in Bali, Coordinator of the INSTO Observatory in Sanur (Bali)
Mr. Sugeng Handoko, Secretary of Nglanggeran Tourism Village Management – BTV 2021
Mr. I Wayan Budiarta, Representative from Panglipuran Tourism Village, Bali
Mr. Juan Kartika Sitepu, Representative from Tangkahan Village, North Sumatera (TBC)

 Venue: Grand Ballroom
16:00 – 16:45

UNWTO Affiliate Members: Breaking the ground in private-public partnership

Moderator: Mr. Juan Daniel Solana Alonso, General Director, Basquetour

Welcome Remarks by Mr. Ion Vilcu, Director, Affiliate Members Department, UNWTO


Mr. Ruben Hattari, Director Public Policy – SEA, NETFLIX
Ms. Beth Potter, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC)
Mr. Steven Liew, APAC Policy Director, AirBnb
Mr. Lee Sang Hoon, Executive Director of International Tourism & MICE, Seoul Tourism Organization
Mr. Ion Vilcu, Director, Affiliate Members Department, UNWTO

 Venue: Grand Ballroom
16:45 – 17:00

Conclusion & Closing

Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of UNWTO

H.E. Mr. Sandiaga Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia

H.E. Mr. Ahmed bin Aqil Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

 Venue: Grand Ballroom
19:00 - 21:00

World Tourism Day Dinner -(by invitation only)

 Venue: TBC
10:00 – 18:00

Magical Bali, Wonderful Indonesia - Technical Tour

Panglipuran Tourism Village

The official World Tourism Day celebration will be held in Bali, Indonesia, on 27 September, highlighting the shift towards tourism being recognized as a crucial pillar of development.


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