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As sponsor, Turismo de Portugal I.P. welcomes you to the UNWTO Forum Tourism and Science: Bridging theory and practice, co-organized by the University of the Algarve and UNWTO, in Vilamoura, Algarve: an opportunity to get up-to-date with the most relevant work and knowledge in this area, to share experiences and best practices from all over the world.


Algarve is internationally recognized as our main tourism destination. You may relax and enjoy the golden sandy beaches, the exquisite design and quality of the golf courses, the picturesque villages and the taste of seafood in any restaurant. All this offer is combined with a mild weather all year round and excellent tourism facilities.


We strongly believe that all the participants will definitely enjoy our beautiful country – Portugal - its culture and heritage, tourist attractions and distinctive tourism offer.

Therefore we invite delegates to take part in a unique travel experience, getting to know our country, our welcoming people and also our rich and varied gastronomy.


We look forward to seeing you in Portugal next June.


Luís Patrão

President, Turismo de Portugal, I.P.


The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the University of Algarve (UAlg) are launching the UNWTO Knowledge Network Forum on Tourism and Science: Bridging theory and practice.

The aim of this Forum is to achieve a UNWTO Algarve Consensus, setting a reference framework for future actions on the main strategic challenges facing tourism today i.e. development, climate change/sustainability and governance matters, as well as procedural issues regarding market positioning, product innovation and competitiveness.

The Consensus is to be achieved by bridging theory and practice. Henceforth new stakeholders will take part in this knowledge community concerned with the production, dissemination, and application of tourism-relevant knowledge.

Thus, the Forum will assist in establishing a roadmap for the UNWTO Knowledge Network (UNWTO.Know), created by UNWTO to develop and manage a worldwide association of UNWTO Think Tanks, UNWTO Knowledge Strategic Centres and UNWTO Knowledge Institutions.

The Network supports UNWTO and its Member States in all matters concerning science, technology, innovation, and knowledge management related to tourism. Officially launched by the UNWTO in 2010, the UNWTO.Know already has over 120 institutions from 40 different UNWTO Member States.

The UNWTO.Know Forum and its resulting UNWTO Algarve Consensus constitute a major step towards the following objectives:






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On behalf of UNWTO and the University of Algarve, we would like to welcome all members of UNWTO and other participants to the Forum Tourism and Science: Bridging theory and practice, to be held in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, on 1-3 June 2011.


The aim of this Forum is to achieve an ample consensus for tourism research and governance, setting a reference framework vis-à-vis the main strategic challenges that tourism is facing nowadays, such as development, climate change/sustainability and participatory implementation of policies at public and private levels. The Forum is also concerned with ways and means regarding, among other, market positioning, product and process innovation, and competitiveness.


The Forum will be initiated with an on-line discussion of these issues within the UNWTO Knowledge Network and other institutions wishing to participate in this road-mapping exercise. Then, participants in the Forum will work towards creating a UNWTO Algarve Consensus on Tourism Policy and Governance, to be finally agreed upon meeting in Vilamoura.

We call for a strong involvement of all UNWTO Members as well as other international stakeholders in tourism and related fields.
Welcome to the Forum and to Portugal.



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