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Summit Programme:

Wednesday, 14 November

16.00 – 20.00

Summit registration (Venue tbc)

15.00 – 17.30

UNWTO Knowledge Network Session - Vision and Strategic Directions

(for Knowledge Network Members)


Thursday, 15 November


07.30 – 09.00 Summit registration (Haliç Congress Centre)
09.00 – 10.00

Opening Session

  • Mr. Rifat HISARCIKLIOGLU, Chairman of TOBB
  • Mr. Taleb RIFAI , Secretary-General, UNWTO
  • H.E. Mr. Ertugrul GÜNAY, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey
10.00 – 10:30

Session 1: The Strategic Role of Tourism in the Development of Cities



  • Mrs. Yolanda PERDOMO, Director of the UNWTO Affiliate Members Programme

Keynote speech by Special Guest

  • Mr. Joan CLOS, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 13.00

Session 2: What Makes for Success in the World’s City Destinations?


Introduction and Moderation:

  • Mr. Rajan DATAR, Presenter, fast:track, BBC World News

Panel Debate:

  • Mr. Burkhard KIEKER, CEO, Visit Berlin; Germay
  • Mr. Daniel LOZANO, Senior Vice-President Europe, Middle East and Africa, Meliá Hotels International
  • Mr. Osman AYIK, President, TÜROFED, Turkish Hoteliers Federation, Turkey
  • Mrs. Janie LIGON, Executive Board Director, Chic Outlet Shopping – Value Retail PLC, United Kingdom
  • Mr. Bora ISBULAN, Deputy Director General for Commercial Affairs, TAV- Turkish Airports Holding, Turkey
  • Mr. Peter DeBRINE, Programme Specialist for UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme in the Culture Sector
  • Mrs. Irene MIA, Regional Director Latin America and the Caribbean, The Economist Intelligence Unit, United Kingdom
  • Mrs. Donna KEREN, Senior Vice-President Research & Analysis, New York City & Company, USA
  • Mr. José Luis ZOREDA, CEO, Exceltur, Spain
13.00 – 14.30  Lunch  
14.30 – 16.30

Session 3: Smart Cities: Innovation and the Future of City Tourism


Setting the Scene & Moderation:

  • Mr. Christopher BROWN, Special Adviser to the UNWTO Secretary General

Panel Debate

  • Mr. Marcelo REHDER, President, São Paulo Turismo, Brasil
  • Mr. Pere DURAN, Director General, Barcelona Turisme, Spain
  • Mr. Norbert KETTNER, Managing Director, Vienna Tourist Board, Austria
  • Mr. Paul ROLL, Managing Director, Paris Convention & Visitors Bureau, France
  • Mr. Timur BAYINDIR, Chairman, Turkish Touristic Hotels & Investors Association (TUROB)
  • Mrs. Patricia PÉCORA, Executive Director, Turismo de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Prof. Chris COOPER, Oxford Brooks University, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Dimitrios BUHALIS, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
16.30 – 17.00 Coffee Break

Conference Summary

  •  Prof. Jafar JAFARI, University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA

Closing remarks

  • Mr. Hasan ARAT, Vice-President of TOBB Tourism Assembly, Turkey
  • Mr. Turgut GUR, President, Turkish Tourism Investors' Association (TYD)
  • Mr. George DRAKOPOULOS, Director General of SETE (Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises), Chairman of UNWTO Affiliate Members
  • Mr. Márcio FAVILLA, UNWTO Executive Director for Competitiveness, External Relations and Partnerships


UNWTO Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner

hosted by TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey)


Master of Ceremony:

  • Dr. Pauline SHELDON, Dean, University of Hawaii, USA


Friday, 16 November



Affiliate   Members Plenary Session (Venue:Haliç Congress Centre, for Affiliate Members only)


Networking Lunch



UNWTO Knowledge Network Symposium including UNWTO Ulysses Prize Awardee Address and case presentations of UNWTO Awardees (Venue: Bogaziçi University)


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