Webinar: Travel South over Cloud – China-Mexico South-South Experience Exchange, 15 January 2021

Travel South over Cloud

China-Mexico South-South Experience Exchange: Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Tourism Development in Cities

  • When: Pre-recorded event. Available on Friday, 15 January 2021, 7:00am (New York Time)
  • How to access: Recording available in English through UNOSSC’s YouTube and BibiBili channels. Recordings in Chinese will be broadcast on Fenzhibo and Fengshow platforms.
  • Download the Training Report

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Background and Objectives

With the support from the Government of China, in 2017 the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) launched the South-South and Triangular Cooperation among Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development Project (Cities Project), which aimed to promote South-South and triangular cooperation at the city level. The Cities Project aligns its support with the engagement and ownership of local authorities and stakeholders and responds to demands from partners on capacity development, knowledge and technology, and expertise exchange.

Inclusive and sustainable tourism development and recovery are one the key project focuses for 2020 and 2021, as tourism has been one of the most hard-hit sectors in the COVID-19 pandemic. Aligned with a “build back better” approach, UNOSSC launched the “Travel South over Cloud” webinar series under the Cities Project. The series aims to promote South-South exchange and sharing among Southern cities and institutions on leveraging digitalization and innovation for tourism recovery and growth.

Throughout the series, the National Association of Mexican World Heritage Cities (ANCMPM) has been an active partner, sharing Mexican good practices in heritage site protection, and the leveraging of digitalization for the growth and recovery of the tourism sector. In response to the common interest in capacity development and demands for partnership building from city partners in China and Mexico, the UNOSSC Cities Project coordinated with ANCMPM, the China Association of Trade in Services (CATIS), and the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (WHITRAP) on this  China-Mexico South-South Experience Exchange: Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Tourism Development in Cities.

The exchange also included leaders and experts from Tongji University, Mexico’s International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), as well as from four cities in China – Anyang, Dunhuang, Huai’an, and Luoyang – and 12 cities in Mexico – Campeche, México City, Durango, Guanajuato, Morelia, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, San Miguel de Allende, Xochimilco, Zacatecas – to join this online South-South experience exchange on promoting sustainable and inclusive tourism.

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Note: This is a shortened version of a four-hour online course delivered in Chinese, English, and Spanish. Should you be interested in the full webinar recordings and course materials, please contact southsouth.cities@unossc.org

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Agenda

Moderator Muriel Obon, Project and Event Management Consultant, UNOSSC

1. Welcome Remarks

  • Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director, UNOSSC
  • Saúl Alcántara Onofre, President, International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Mexico

2. Insights

  • Xin Li, Deputy Director, World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the Auspices of UNECO (WHITR-AP)
  • Qing Mei, Professor, Tongji University

3. Showcasing Cities

  • Video presentation: San Miguel de Allende & Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Nataly Hernandez Romero, Special Assistant to the Tourism Director of the city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • Gloria Martínez López, Director of Tourism and Culture of the City of Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Video presentation: Dunhuang, China
  • Yugang Lu, Vice Mayor, Dunhuang City, China

  • Video presentation: Querétaro & Morelia, Mexico
  • Raúl Parissi Arau, Secretary of Tourism of Querétaro, Mexico
  • Gabriel Chávez Villa, Director of Tourism Development and Training of Morelia, Mexico

  • Video presentation: Luoyang, China
  • Dapeng Hu, Director, Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television, and Tourism, Luoyang, China

  • Video presentation: Durango & Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Fernando Martínez Pérez, Municipal Director of Tourism Promotion of Durango, Mexico
  • Daniel Gutiérrez Meave, General Directorate of Tourism and Economic Development of Guanajuato, Mexico

  • Video presentation: Huai’an, China
  • Qian Li, Deputy Director, Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism, Huai’an, China

  • Video presentation: San Luis Potosí & Zacatecas & Puebla, Mexico
  • Yara Mariana Nagore Rojas, Director of Municipal Tourism, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • Fabiola Inguanzo González, Secretary of Economic Development and Tourism, Zacatecas, Mexico
  • Silvia Morales Terrón, Head of the Department of Industry Relations, Puebla, Mexico

  • Video presentation: Anyang, China
  • Wenming Xue, Director, Bureau of Culture, Radio, Radio, Sports and Tourism, Anyang, China

  • Anabelí Contreras Julián, Director of Promotion and Dissemination, Mexico City Government, Mexico

4. South-South Exchange

6. Closing Remarks

  • Jorge Ortega González, General Director of the National Association of Mexican World Heritage Cities