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Forum Location/Venue


Forum Venue


The UNWTO.Know Forum will begin its on-line exchanges in March 2011, fostering the discussion of issues amongst participant organizations and developing proposals towards the UNWTO Algarve Consensus. The Forum will then physically convene at the Hotel Tivoli Marina on 1-3 June 2011 in Vilamoura, an internationally popular tourism destination close to Faro International Airport in Algarve (Portugal).

The forum venue is located at the Tivoli Marina Vilamoura.
With the famous Marina on one side and its own concessioned beach, Tivoli Marina Vilamoura is a reference for luxury tourism in the Algarve. A stage for large events, important meetings and the launch of new products, the congress centre of this 5-star Vilamoura hotel has a capacity for 1200 people. The lively social and nightlife of Vilamoura attracts many local celebrities from different areas who come to enjoy the holidays and weekends of complete relaxation, where there is plenty to do such as shopping, a visit to the casino and golf. In this Algarve hotel resort, guests can find the Angsana Spa where they can choose from a wide range of revitalising treatments based on the best oriental traditions.


For the convenience of all guests the hotel supplies WI-FI in public areas and meeting rooms, internet broadband access in rooms and free ADSL line in business centre.

All conference rooms are fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.

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Forum Location


Nestled along the Atlantic seaboard, Portugal has the oldest national frontiers in Europe. A country of Discoverers waiting to be discovered by you, with more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Europe. The country harbors an amazing array of experiences and landscapes, complemented by a rich, authentic and seductive culture. Faithful to its national roots, reinvented at every moment. 

From its South Western location, Portugal serves as a gateway to Europe for both America and Africa. Reaching out from the capital of Lisbon, Portugal enchants visitors with its gastronomy, gentle and regular climate and highly varied tourism attributes (for instance the country’s 850 km coastal rim), including some of the most romantic spots in the world – such as the River Douro or the islands of the Azores and Madeira.

Throughout its national territory, Portugal boasts a rich and diversified heritage, ranging from rupestrian art in the Côa Valley, to contemporary art in Sintra, Lisbon or Oporto, and including numerous World Heritage sites. The country has unique architectural features such as Manueline monuments, decorated azulejo tile façades and the works of distinguished national and international architects, including Álvaro Siza and Souto Moura. Vestiges of former civilizations are also abundant, including Romans, Moors and Jews – together with the influence of countries that were linked to the rest of the world by the Portuguese discoveries, such as India, Brazil or Japan. 

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Wherever you look, the colours of the mountains and sea are always with you, creating the impression of a water-colour dotted with highlights of gold, green and blue. The region is an extensive and pleasant one, with a Mediterranean climate, marked by the smell of the sea at low tide and the scent of wild flowers.

A stroll through the tangled web of narrow streets, alleys and steps to be found away from the coast is the best way of getting to know this part of the region. But you can also easily lose yourself in the vastness of the coastal strip.

Here the backdrop is composed of some of Europe's most beautiful beaches, from where you can admire the rocky coastline and the playful shadows they cast on the sand.

After the enchantment of the landscape, you can discover the aromas and flavours of the traditional Algarve cuisine. The menu may consist of fish and shellfish, with such dishes as caldeirada de peixe (fish-stew) or cataplana de amêijoas (clams steamed in a copper pan), or you can enjoy the traditional mountain food of stewed chickpeas and cabbage. The range of choices will also include the famous regional delicacies, such as figs, almonds, carobs and the brandy made from the locally grown medronho (arbutus-berry), distilled up in the hills in old copper stills.

As you travel across the Algarve, amidst its hills and plains filled with places of great ecological interest, rich in biodiversity and ecosystems, you will feel as though you are passing through an area full of different traditions, unchanged for many centuries.

The region's built heritage is something you cannot afford to miss. The architecture of the whitewashed houses, with their brightly-coloured mouldings and remarkably beautiful chimneys, the church belfries and the museums, all reveal particular memories of the ancestors of the Algarve people and help to make this such a special destination.

Also to be recommended is the range of outdoor sports that are available, whether you're playing golf on lush green courses or enjoying some physical exercise at some of the region's excellent facilities, whether you're on the coast or perhaps up in the hills, where, after the rigours of winter and even before the first signs of spring, the land is covered in a pinkish white blanket, produced by the blossom of the almond-trees scattered across the horizon.

This is the true portrait of an Algarve that you'll find waiting for you, all year round.

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In the heart of the Algarve, Vilamoura is a place of international standing and one of the most sophisticated residential and tourist resorts in Europe.
If you have come to relax and enjoy yourself, you have chosen the ideal place. Vilamoura offers everything you can conceive of. An exceptional climate, six golf courses of exceptional quality, 3.5 km of beaches with white sand, a Marina with a wide range of marine activities, sophisticated shopping areas, sunny terraces, high quality restaurants, a riding centre and a 200-hectare environmental park where you can enjoy the natural surroundings. Vilamoura is all this, and much more.

From the Marina, with its approximately 1,000 berths, you can head for the sea in a motor-boat or yacht on invigorating outings or a fishing trip. And there are numerous water-sports on offer in Vilamoura: windsurfing, parasailing, sailing, water-skiing, and underwater diving – the choice is yours. Around the Marina, there is a range of shops and boutiques with top brands, bars, restaurants and outdoor sitting areas – here, after a bit of shopping, you can choose between fresh fish, an infinite variety of shellfish, or an exotic meal from a far-flung part of the world. Later on, towards the end of the evening, you can go for a stroll, sit on one of the terraces, visit a bar or a casino with a night-club that rivals the most sophisticated in Europe.

Venture on to the golf courses: here there are courses to suit players of all tastes and levels in fabulous settings. With a total of 117 holes, from the iconic “Old Course” to the more recent “Victoria”, designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, Vilamoura has made a major contribution to the Algarve being considered by the International Association of Tour Operators as the “Best Golf Destination”.

If you are fond of the sun and the sea, try the beaches. Whether you choose Praia de Vilamoura or Praia da Falésia, both are spacious and have golden sands and tempting beach bars where you can enjoy a refreshing drink when it’s at its hottest, or a late-afternoon sunsetter.

But Vilamoura has more: it is also a stage for major sporting events in the worlds of horse-riding, golf and sailing, attracting many experts and onlookers from different parts of the world.

For all these reasons, Vilamoura is, certainly, a unique place both to live and to visit

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Weather in Algarve



The Algarve region of Portugal has mild climate and long hours of sunshine. The average summer temperatures that conference attendees can expect in Faro tend to hover around 26°C (79°F) during the dry summer months of June.

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