YOUR GUIDE TO CONNECTING MUSIC AND TOURISM, AND MAKING THE MOST OUT OF IT

 
 

Sound Diplomacy, the global leaders of the Music Cities movement, in partnership with Pro Colombia and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are proud to launch the world’s most extensive guide ever written on music and tourism.     

 

 

Titled ‘Music is the New Gastronomy’, the white paper is the first to examine and define the relationship between music and tourism. While we all enjoy music when we're travelling, never has music been looked at as a primary source of travel and tourism, from individual experiences to festivals, music heritage and the use of music videos to promote, and share, local culture and local experience.

In this report, we hope that you learn from the experiences of others, from all over the world, on how music is a tool to enhance your destination and better tell your story.

Both sectors are outpacing global economic growth. The music industry - from streaming to live music - is growing at twice the rate of the global economy right now and in 2017 international tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 7%. This white paper looks at how the sectors can partner to increase economic value on both sides. The report includes case studies examining the role of music in destination development, travel marketing, conferences and experiential travel – from music festivals and heritage music to the use of music videos to promote and share local cultures and experiences. Through these studies, the guide identifies areas for discussion and suggests opportunities for destinations to develop musical tourism products and boost their tourism branding.

We hope these case studies, lessons and experiences help you think more seriously, and deliberately, about your music offer, heritage and story. There's more value there than you know it. Just take a listen, and you'll realise music is a value-add across your entire touristic offer.


The full Music Tourism White Paper is available free for a limited period only. For more information about the guide, contact us
here.

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“This is the first report UNWTO has co-authored that specifically looks at music as a primary driver of tourism. Drawing upon experiences from all over the world, it teaches us how music is a tool to enhance destinations and better tell their stories.” Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO

“Music is one of the greatest motivations for tourism. Whether live or recorded, experiencing the music of the world is celebrating its rich diversity and talent, promoting intercultural dialogue and encouraging exchange.” Julian Guerrero, Vice-President of Tourism, ProColombia