Third Annual Summit of the World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development
THE Third Annual Summit of the World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development or Destinations 2006 takes place today until December 2, 2006, in the Southern Brazilian City of Porto Alegre. Once a year, people and organizations from all over the world meet at these summits to analyze the results obtained and the new knowledge regarding sustainable tourism and to discuss the prospects for the future of the forum.
The forum's first two annual summits brought together over 6,000 people from 86 countries. The northern Brazilian city of Salvador, in the State of Bahia, was the venue of the first one, called Destinations 2004. Next to host the event in 2005 was the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, in the State of the same name. During these two summits, 142 case studies were presented and discussed by 347 panelists, showcasing best practices from 53 countries.
The World Tourism Forum is a movement which promotes economic and social development through tourism, the appreciation of cultural diversity, the preservation of biodiversity, and the creation of conditions whereby peace can prevail. These objectives are pursued by three strategies: Establish dialogue and accomplishments with the Network of Networks focusing on its themes; carry out illustrative projects, which are concrete and innovative undertakings that produce better practices related to the movement's essential issues; and organize the annual summits, dedicated to summarizing, evaluating and disseminating new practices and solutions which can advance the forum's cause. …