UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventure Forum: Middle East

Suspended - UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventure Forum: Middle East

In response to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, UNWTO is implementing public health protocols based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Spanish authorities, as the host country of UNWTO.

Effective immediately, all UNWTO events planned until 30 April are suspended.

Rescheduling to later dates will be evaluated depending on the further development the current situation.





Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Masterclass for Startups
High-level Seminar for Governments
Wednesday, 8 April 2020
UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventure Forum: Middle East
Thursday, 9 April
9:00 - 10:00
Nofa Resort Riyadh
10:00 -10:20
Opening and Welcome
Nofa Resort Riyadh
10:20 - 10:40
Keynote Speech: Digital tools for positioning destinations on the global tourism map
Nofa Resort Riyadh
10:40 - 11:25
Panel Discussion: Governance and Investor readiness - Ecosystem development in Emerging Rural Tourism destinations Moderator: Natalia Bayona, Director of Innovation, Investments and Digital Transformation Department, UNWTO
Nofa Resort Riyadh
11:25 - 11:50
Startup Battlefield part I: Rural Tourism Solutions for sustainable development in the middle east–
Representative TBC, UNWTO
Nofa Resort Riyadh
11:50 - 12:10
Coffee Break 
Nofa Resort Riyadh
10:40 - 11:30
Presentation on Resilience and Crisis Communication by UNWTO
Nofa Resort Riyadh
12:25 - 12:50
Startup Battlefield part II: Rural Tourism Solutions for sustainable development in the middle east–
Nofa Resort Riyadh
12:50- 12:55
Presentation by Wakalua, Globalia´s Tourism Innovation Hub
Nofa Resort Riyadh
12:50- 13:30
Panel Discussion:
Innovative Rural Tourism Solutions for Enhancing the Tourism Experience
This panel aims to explore what has been done to enhance the customer experience and what to expect from the future in new rural destinations. The session will feature how tourism is driving rural development in the Middle East along with the opportunities and challenges it presents
Nofa Resort Riyadh
13:30- 13:45
Presentation: The future of Tourism in Saudi Arabia: supporting the SDGs
How can innovative solutions ensure local community empowerment, as well as environmental and cultural heritage protection in the Middle East?
Nofa Resort Riyadh
13:45 - 14:00
Awards Ceremony and Closing session
Nofa Resort Riyadh
Nofa Resort Riyadh