The New Era of Tourism
Leading speakers will include: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Dr. Uzi Landau- Minister of Tourism, Naftali Bennett- Minister of Economy and
Commerce, Mr. Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Dr. Richard Florida, Professor at the University of Toronto
and NYU and the Senior Editor for The Atlantic, Michael Arad, Partner at Handel Architects and designer of the National September 11 Memorial at the
World Trade Center site, Alison Copus, Vice President, marketing at TripAdvisor for Business, Hugh Aitken, UK Commercial Manager at easyJet, Mr. Uri
Levine, Co-Founder and President of Waze, etc.
The Second Jerusalem International Tourism Summit will take place on May 28-29 at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.
The conference is one of the most important summits on innovative technologies in tourism and travel. The summit will focus on subjects such as Urban Tourism and Groundbreaking technologies and include leading speakers on the subject of tourism and innovation such as Mr. Sheldon Adelson- chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Dr. Richard Florida- Professor at the University of Toronto and NYU and the Senior Editor for The Atlantic, Michael Arad- Partner at Handel Architects and designer of the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, Alison Copus- Vice President, marketing at TripAdvisor for Business, Hugh Aitken- UK Commercial Manager at easyJet, Mr. Uri Levine- Co-Founder and President of Waze, etc.
Urban tourism focuses on bringing visitors to inner-city areas rather than the traditional historical sites and nature reserves. The idea sets on creating special visitor districts which combine various attractions such as cultural, sports, hospitality, shopping and amusement activities all in one clustered location to help stimulate the urban economy. With this new competitive advantage, the city can promote itself, create a unique yet strong local identity and pave its way into the global world.
The Second Jerusalem International Tourism Summit for 2013 is initiated by the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Tourism, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Development Authority in cooperation with the Hebrew University and the Jerusalem International Convention Center. The conference will focus on Planning Models for Urban Tourism and new tourism technologies while discussing the challenges and trends that influence world tourism. The summit will bring together global leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and experts in the field of tourism to conduct panels on a wide range of subjects that affect tourism in general and urban tourism in particular. The international gathering of decision makers will bring together a business network offering important and influential discussions and connections within the industry. The JITS is one of the most important annual conferences in the field of tourism, presenting Israel as a Start-Up Nation and Jerusalem as a leader of technology.
Dr. Uzi Landau- Minister of Tourism: "We are pleased and proud of the opportunity to host key world figures within the tourism industry at the Second Jerusalem International Tourism Summit. Israel encourages innovation and leads the world in innovative technologies. The combination of innovation and tourism, similar to cooperation between countries, are a prerequisite for the promotion of tourism across the globe, and we will continue to strengthen the two."
Nir Barkat- Mayor of Jerusalem: "Jerusalem is proud to continue the tradition and host the Second Jerusalem International Tourism Summit of 2013. As a world leader in innovation and tourism, Jerusalem has broken numerous records for the number of foreign and domestic tourists arriving to the city. Jerusalem is most befitting to host the key figures within the world and national tourism industry and also to present the next world changing technological advancements."
Moshe Leon- Chairman of the Jerusalem Development Authority: "Jerusalem is a leading international tourist destination and is the prime location to host the summit. The Jerusalem Development Authority initiated the Tourism Summit in order to promote Jerusalem as an engine for economic development."
Tourism and Economic Ministers from different countries, Mayors from around the world, world tourism experts, business leaders, entrepreneurs, academic and industry leaders, travel writers, bloggers, such as Charm Lee - president of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), Dr. Dirk Glaesser - Acting Director, Sustainable Development of Tourism Programme, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and many others will attend the various panels.
Alongside the conference sessions, the summit will host a professional exhibition of the consulates, hotel chains, airlines networks, startups, etc, and include a display of recently exposed findings and tourism discoveries.
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