After Abu Dhabi, Seoul, Mexico City or Paris, Prague host the 27th World Road Congress this year. For the Prague Congress Centre and the Czech Republic, hosting the world's largest summit of road transport experts is a huge achievement. The candidacy process of host countries is traditionally conducted at the highest diplomatic level, this year the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport have been actively involved.
For many years, the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) has been committed to leveraging tourism for promoting culture, fostering international exchanges, and enhancing friendships. It has established a series of branded events such as the "Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit", the "World Conference on Tourism Cooperation and Development", the "Forum on World Famous Cultural Tourism Cities", and "Regional Forums".
In May this year, the World Tourism Cities Federation Changsha Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2023 was successfully held in Changsha, China. The summit invited over 400 industry representatives from 37 countries and regions worldwide to gather in Changsha and discuss the revitalization and development of the global tourism industry. During the conference, representatives from five different cities and states, namely Samarkand, Uzbekistan; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Machu Picchu, Peru; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Victoria, Seychelles, were interviewed by the "World Tourism Cities" magazine. They used this platform to promote their local tourism resources and envision the prospects for tourism development.
As one of the ten summit forums held during the 2023 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTS), the Conference was themed "New Trends - New Business Format - New Consumption: Jointly Creating the New Prosperity for Culture & Tourism". Nearly 400 delegates from about 30 countries and regions gathered to share innovative ideas, decisions, and practices and to look into the development potential and prospects of the world's tourism cities under the accelerating trend of global tourism recovery.