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First meeting of the UNWTO Knowledge Network

First meeting of the UNWTO Knowledge Network ( The members of the UNWTO Knowledge Network (UNWTO.Know), a worldwide community of innovative knowledge institutions, universities, and other public and private organizations dedicated to furthering tourism know-how, will come together for the first time at the Network’s kick-off meeting, held in the context of the international tourism trade fair, FITUR 2011 (Madrid, Spain, January 19).

The meeting, to be opened by the UNWTO Secretary-General and jointly organized with FITUR, will debate the role of innovation and knowledge management in tourism, present the ongoing research of Network members, and provides an invaluable opportunity for members to meet in person and discuss future collaboration.

UNWTO.Know is a new initiative designed to support UNWTO and its Member States in all matters concerning science, technology, innovation, and knowledge management related to tourism, and was launched in September 2010. Since that time, 81 institutions from 34 countries have become members of the Network, forming a community of knowledge in all matters related to tourism policy, governance, and practices, which directly contributes to the competitiveness, sustainability, and development of the sector.

While the meeting is mainly directed towards current members of UNWTO.Know, prospective members, as well as representatives of UNWTO Member States, are welcome to attend.


When: January 19, 2011
Where: FITUR, IFEMA, Madrid, Spain, Rooms N 111 – N 112
Time: 1530 – 1830

To participate, please contact Eduardo Fayos-Solà, Executive Secretary of the UNWTO Knowledge Network, href=""> or visit .


UNWTO activities at FITUR 2011:

MEDIA CONTACTS: Marcelo Risi, Principal Media Officer, Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60, Email: , Web: ; UNWTO Communications Program, Tel: +34 91-567-8100, Fax: +34 91-567-8218, Email:

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