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UNWTO and Casa Arabe to promote tourism development in the Arab world

UNWTO and Casa Arabe to promote tourism development in the Arab world

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai and Casa Arabe Director General Eduardo Lopez Busquets have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote sustainable tourism development and strengthen institutional capacity in Arab countries. Signed at UNWTO … June 18, 2013
Libya counts on tourism to help rebuild country

Libya counts on tourism to help rebuild country

Libya´s Ministry of Tourism has enlisted the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to help implement an action plan to rebuild its tourism sector as an effective way to increase national revenue, create employment, foster national cohesion, and enhance … June 14, 2013
World Tourism Day 2013 - promoting tourism’s role in water preservation

World Tourism Day 2013 - promoting tourism’s role in water preservation

Centered on the theme “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future,” World Tourism Day (WTD) 2013 will underline tourism´s responsibility and needed commitment to preserving the world´s vital water resources. The Maldives will host the official … June 4, 2013
Madagascar supports the Seychelles bid for the UNWTO Executive Council Seat

Madagascar supports the Seychelles bid for the UNWTO Executive Council Seat

The Madagascar Minister responsible for Tourism, Mr. Jean-Max Rakotomamonjy, has publicly announced that Madagascar is supporting the Seychelles bid for a seat on the UN World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Executive Council. The election for this seat … June 3, 2013
UNWTO Awards 2013 - call for nominations

UNWTO Awards 2013 - call for nominations

UNWTO is inviting submissions for the 2013 Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, which acknowledge the achievements of exceptional leadership in the sector. The nominations should be submitted before October 1, 2013. Since the inception … May 30, 2013
UNWTO Executive Council recommends Taleb Rifai for Secretary-General for the period 2014-2017

UNWTO Executive Council recommends Taleb Rifai for Secretary-General for the period 2014-2017

The 95th session of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council, meeting in Belgrade, unanimously recommended Taleb Rifai as a nominee for the post of Secretary-General for the four-year-period starting January 2014. The candidature … May 29, 2013
International tourism receipts grew by 4 percent in 2012

International tourism receipts grew by 4 percent in 2012

Receipts from international tourism in destinations around the world grew by 4% in 2012 reaching US$1075 billion. This growth is equal to the 4% increase in international tourist arrivals which reached 1035 million in 2012. An additional US$219 billion … May 16, 2013
UNWTO welcomes Trinidad and Tobago as its new member

UNWTO welcomes Trinidad and Tobago as its new member

Trinidad and Tobago has become the UN World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) 156th Member State as the country rejoins the organization after 35 years. The announcement was made by the Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, at the opening of the 55th meeting … May 14, 2013
Seychelles at ATM Tourism Trade Fair in Dubai sees Minister St.Ange address the Ministerial meeting

Seychelles at ATM Tourism Trade Fair in Dubai sees Minister St.Ange address the Ministerial meeting

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism & Culture, who was leading the Seychelles delegation to ATM 2013, was one of the Ministers invited to be a speaker at the UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum. The meeting centered on long-term … May 10, 2013
UNWTO and French government meet to discuss sustainable island tourism development

UNWTO and French government meet to discuss sustainable island tourism development

At the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) being held in Dubai, at the Ministerial Forum of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Director of Ile de la Reunion Tourisme (IRT), Mr. Pascal Viroleau, met with Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNWTO. … May 9, 2013
UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum welcomes over 25 ministers as second annual meeting emphasizes need for aviation and tourism sector synergy

UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum welcomes over 25 ministers as second annual meeting emphasizes need for aviation and tourism sector synergy

More than 25 ministers took part in the second annual UNWTO & Ministerial Forum at the Arabian Travel Market with delegates sharing their views on how to work together towards long-term aviation and tourism sector growth. Held under the patronage of … May 8, 2013
The United Arab Emirates join the World Tourism Organization

The United Arab Emirates join the World Tourism Organization

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, announced today that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) rejoined the organization 26 years after having left UNWTO. The announcement was made during the UNWTO & Arabian Travel Market … May 7, 2013
PATA carries forward pledge to the complete visitor economy

PATA carries forward pledge to the complete visitor economy

BANGKOK, Thailand - The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) CEO Martin Craigs this week wrote to attendees and speakers of the PATA Annual Summit to pledge the association's ongoing support for the complete visitor economy. The concept of the complete … May 3, 2013
Morocco, UNWTO and UNDP support new system of classification for tourism accommodation

Morocco, UNWTO and UNDP support new system of classification for tourism accommodation

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the government of Morocco, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed an agreement to support the Ministry of Tourism of Morocco in the implementation of a new classification system for tourism … May 2, 2013
Seychelles says that Africa should use the UNWTO General Assembly in Zimbabwe and Zambia to mark the African Continent’s commitment to tourism

Seychelles says that Africa should use the UNWTO General Assembly in Zimbabwe and Zambia to mark the African Continent’s commitment to tourism

It has been confirmed by the UNWTO that Zimbabwe and Zambia will co-host the 20th session of the General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) from August 24-29 this year in their tourist resort towns of Victoria Falls and Livingstone. … May 2, 2013
UNWTO and PATA join to advance tourism for economic growth in Asia

UNWTO and PATA join to advance tourism for economic growth in Asia

MADRID, Spain & BANGKOK, Thailand - Advancing economic diversification, cultural and environmental preservation through tourism are the key objectives of a new Strategic Partnership signed between UNWTO and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) … April 26, 2013
UNWTO confirms Seychelles Minister of Tourism will be a speaker at ATM Ministerial Forum

UNWTO confirms Seychelles Minister of Tourism will be a speaker at ATM Ministerial Forum

Ministers of tourism and leaders from the aviation industry will be meeting in Dubai during ATM 2013 (Arabian Travel Market) under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for a conference “Setting a common growth agenda for … April 24, 2013
UNWTO/ATM Ministerial Forum

UNWTO/ATM Ministerial Forum

The development of tourism in the Middle East is the prime example of how tourism and aviation can act together as drivers of growth. With the region as a background, Ministers of Tourism and aviation leaders will gather at the UNWTO/ATM (UN World Tourism … April 24, 2013
UN tourism and crime bodies to call on tourists to play a role in reducing illicit trafficking

UN tourism and crime bodies to call on tourists to play a role in reducing illicit trafficking

In the presence of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today agreed to launch a new public awareness campaign, calling on tourists to help reduce demand … April 5, 2013
China - the new number one tourism source market in the world

China - the new number one tourism source market in the world

China’s expenditure on travel abroad reached US$102 billion in 2012, making it the first tourism source market in the world in terms of spending. Other emerging markets as well as most traditional tourism source markets also showed positive results … April 5, 2013
UNWTO hosts meeting of the UN Chief Executives Board

UNWTO hosts meeting of the UN Chief Executives Board

Coinciding with the tenth anniversary of becoming a specialized UN agency, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will host the spring meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) in Madrid, Spain, from April 5-6, 2013. The … April 4, 2013
ICAO and UNWTO affirm cooperation on joint aviation and tourism goals

ICAO and UNWTO affirm cooperation on joint aviation and tourism goals

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) signed a special Joint Statement on Aviation and Tourism today, acknowledging the intention of the two UN agencies to begin cooperating more closely on issues … March 18, 2013
UNWTO welcomes travel facilitation measures by Jamaica

UNWTO welcomes travel facilitation measures by Jamaica

UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) welcomes Jamaica’s decision to waive visa requirements for Eastern European nationals and to extend indefinitely the current visa waiver system for some Latin American nationals. These important policy steps are … March 15, 2013
World Committee on Tourism Ethics praises growing private sector commitment

World Committee on Tourism Ethics praises growing private sector commitment

The Twelfth Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics commended the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism Initiative and praised the growing number of signatory businesses who pledged … March 8, 2013
Indonesia’s future generation pledges tourism leaders to fight climate change

Indonesia’s future generation pledges tourism leaders to fight climate change

School kids from Pangandaran, Indonesia, have urged global tourism leaders to take climate change seriously. The 451 participants of the Mangrove Ambassadors Program voiced out through a selection of 24 “Letters to Leaders” how climate change is affecting … March 8, 2013
UNWTO activities at ITB 2013

UNWTO activities at ITB 2013

UNWTO events at ITB Travel Trade Show 2013 include the 3rd Silk Road Ministers’ meeting, a session on consumer protection, and a meeting of the World Tourism Network on Child Protection, as well as the first UNWTO meeting exclusively dedicated to “Tourism … March 1, 2013
Zambia uses carnival in Seychelles to push the coming UNWTO General Assembly in Africa

Zambia uses carnival in Seychelles to push the coming UNWTO General Assembly in Africa

Zambia tourism was in Seychelles last week to showcase their rich African culture and their people at the annual Carnaval International de Victoria. The Zambia delegation was headed by Minister Keith A. Mukata, the Deputy Minister for Culture and Arts. … February 19, 2013
UNWTO and Italy advance accessibility in tourism

UNWTO and Italy advance accessibility in tourism

Ensuring that tourism facilities and sites meet the needs of persons with disabilities, both as a key means of promoting tourism for all and as an engine for market growth, were the main focus of the International Conference on "Accessibility in tourism: … February 18, 2013
Tourism Forum promotes business between Africa and Spain

Tourism Forum promotes business between Africa and Spain

The fourth edition of the Investment and Tourism Business Forum (INVESTOUR) addressed cooperation and business opportunities between Spain and Africa. Celebrated on the occasion of the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR), INVESTOUR 2013 brought … February 7, 2013
UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai and Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange meet at FITUR in Spain

UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai and Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange meet at FITUR in Spain

In Madrid this week, Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, met with Mr. Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), to discuss the bid by the islands for a seat on the Executive … February 2, 2013
International tourism to continue robust growth in 2013

International tourism to continue robust growth in 2013

International tourist arrivals grew by 4% in 2012 to reach 1.035 billion, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Emerging economies (+4.1%) regained the lead over advanced economies (+3.6%), with Asia and the Pacific showing the strongest … January 30, 2013
UNWTO and China strengthen cooperation

UNWTO and China strengthen cooperation

The Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), Mr. Shao Qiwei, and the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, have agreed to strengthen cooperation between both organizations as a key step towards advancing … January 21, 2013
The Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators commits to UNWTO Code of Ethics

The Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators commits to UNWTO Code of Ethics

UTRECHT, The Netherlands - The Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ANVR), representing 200 tour operators and 1,400 travel agencies in the Netherlands, has pledged to observe the principles of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. The … January 16, 2013
UNWTO activities at FITUR 2013

UNWTO activities at FITUR 2013

A tourism investment forum for Africa and a debate on tourism prospects in the Middle East and North Africa are among the many UNWTO events planned for the International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR (Madrid, Spain, January 30-February 3, 2013). Activities … January 15, 2013
Seychelles launches bid for UNWTO Executive Council

Seychelles launches bid for UNWTO Executive Council

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has circulated a notice to Member States that Seychelles had put its name for consideration as a member of the organization’s Executive Council to occupy one of the seats allocated to the region of Africa.The … December 23, 2012
International tourism hits one billion

International tourism hits one billion

One billion tourists have traveled the world in 2012, marking a new record for international tourism – a sector that accounts for one in every 12 jobs and 30% of the world’s services exports. On the symbolic arrival date of the one-billionth tourist … December 13, 2012
UNWTO welcomes the world’s one-billionth tourist

UNWTO welcomes the world’s one-billionth tourist

A British tourist visiting Madrid, Spain, on December 13 has been revealed as the symbolic face of the one billion international tourists traveling in 2012. The tourist was welcomed by the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain, Jose Manuel … December 13, 2012
Tourism key for jobs and exports says President of Portugal accepting the UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism

Tourism key for jobs and exports says President of Portugal accepting the UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism

The President of Portugal, Anibal Cavaco Silva, has highlighted the importance of tourism to the country’s jobs and exports on the occasion of the presentation of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)/World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter … December 7, 2012
IT says new BIT – IT means new business

IT says new BIT – IT means new business

MILAN, Italy – The spread is on the increase? The desire to travel is ever-increasing. This was confirmed by UNWTO – UN World Tourism Organization, which forecasted a steaming summer for 2012, and not just in regard to the weather! Globally, travellers … December 6, 2012
How tourism can cut emissions – UNWTO outlines strategies at COP18 Doha climate change conference

How tourism can cut emissions – UNWTO outlines strategies at COP18 Doha climate change conference

In its on-going effort to cut global tourism emissions, UNWTO brought together experts from United Nations agencies and Oxford University at UN climate change talks in Qatar to present the latest strategies helping to reduce tourism’s contribution to … December 1, 2012
UNWTO unveils winners of the 2012 Ulysses Awards

UNWTO unveils winners of the 2012 Ulysses Awards

An online tool that allows tourism business to assess and improve their accessibility and an initiative encouraging tourists to stay with families in Malaysia are among the five winners of this year’s UNWTO Ulysses Awards. Since 2003, the UNWTO … November 15, 2012
UNWTO announces winners of the first UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement

UNWTO announces winners of the first UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), Mr. Shao Qiwei, and the founder of the international hotel chain Melia Hotels, Mr. Gabriel Escarrer Julia, have been named as the first winners of the UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement. … November 14, 2012
Leading scholar awarded top prize for contribution to tourism knowledge

Leading scholar awarded top prize for contribution to tourism knowledge

Mr. Cohen, the George S. Wise Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been announced as the winner of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge. … November 13, 2012
Seychelles Minister for Tourism sits on the 6th UNWTO-WTM Ministers’ Summit

Seychelles Minister for Tourism sits on the 6th UNWTO-WTM Ministers’ Summit

Ministers of Tourism from the world over gathered in London for the 6th UNWTO/WTM [UN World Tourism Organization/World Travel Market] Ministers’ Summit to discuss principally matters relating to visas and to air connectivity under the banner “Open … November 9, 2012
One Billion Tourists: One billion Opportunities - new UNWTO campaign calls on one billion tourists to make their actions count

One Billion Tourists: One billion Opportunities - new UNWTO campaign calls on one billion tourists to make their actions count

MADRID, Spain - Small changes in travel behavior can contribute to positive change throughout the world. With one billion tourists traveling the world in a single year in 2012, transforming these one billion tourists into one billion opportunities is … November 7, 2012
UNWTO International Tourism Advisor and Seychelles ministerial delegation meet in Dublin

UNWTO International Tourism Advisor and Seychelles ministerial delegation meet in Dublin

Jim Flannery, the UNWTO International Tourism Advisor of Technical Cooperation, had recently overseen a report on the proposed structures of the Seychelles Tourism Board, and now the islands have a Ministry of Tourism. Mr. Flannery was in Seychelles on … November 5, 2012
Tourism to provide development push to Haiti

Tourism to provide development push to Haiti

Haiti can capitalize on its natural and cultural resources to get the country back on the world tourism map, thereby contributing to its overall recovery and development. This was the main message of UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General, … November 2, 2012
Tourism Ministers to debate barriers to travel

Tourism Ministers to debate barriers to travel

LONDON, United Kingdom - Reducing visa constraints, simplifying entry processes, and developing policies that improve connectivity across borders are the topics on the agenda for the world’s Tourism Ministers as they meet at the annual UNWTO & World … October 31, 2012
Visa facilitation and air connectivity priorities for the UNWTO says Executive Council

Visa facilitation and air connectivity priorities for the UNWTO says Executive Council

CAMPECHE, Mexico - Ministers of tourism and officials meeting at the 94th session of the UNWTO Executive Council defined advancing visa facilitation and promoting increased air connectivity as priorities for the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). “Mexico … October 30, 2012
Leading Mexican tourism companies and associations commit to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics

Leading Mexican tourism companies and associations commit to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics

Fourteen of Mexico’s major tourism companies and associations have signed commitments to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, joining the growing number of private sector players that have pledged to promote and … October 29, 2012
UNWTO activities at World Travel Market 2012

UNWTO activities at World Travel Market 2012

LONDON, United Kingdom - As international tourism nears the historic milestone of one billion tourists, UNWTO will be holding a number of activities at World Travel Market (WTM) to address some of the major issues facing tourism in a world of one billion. UNWTO … October 27, 2012
Sustainable tourism central to the future of Africa’s parks

Sustainable tourism central to the future of Africa’s parks

ARUSHA, Tanzania - Tourism is one of the most effective ways to preserve Africa’s national parks and protected areas while creating jobs and income for local communities. This was one of the main conclusions of the First Pan-African Conference on Sustainable … October 22, 2012
UNWTO opens two new Sustainable Tourism Observatories in China

UNWTO opens two new Sustainable Tourism Observatories in China

The Kanas Lake Nature Reserve in the extreme northwest of China and the city of Chengdu, one of China’s most populous cities, are the locations of two new UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories designed to monitor the environmental, social, and economic … October 18, 2012
The Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry commits to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics

The Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry commits to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics

BERLIN, Germany - The Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW) has signed the Private Sector Commitment to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, joining the growing number of private sector companies … October 16, 2012
International Council of Tourism Partners remains the tourism body working side by side with UN World Tourism Organization

International Council of Tourism Partners remains the tourism body working side by side with UN World Tourism Organization

The July general meeting of the ICTP in Victoria, in the Seychelles has been the opportunity for this tourism body to relook at its strategies for its way forward. The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) remains the tourism body working … October 10, 2012
Online tool that helps hotels go green now available in Spanish

Online tool that helps hotels go green now available in Spanish

Hotel Energy Solutions, an online tool developed by UNWTO which allows hotels to assess their energy consumption and move towards more sustainable energy options, has been launched in Spanish on the occasion of “World Tourism Day 2012 – Tourism and … September 28, 2012
Seychelles Minister supports the bid by France and La Reunion Island to host the next UNWTO’s Executive Council

Seychelles Minister supports the bid by France and La Reunion Island to host the next UNWTO’s Executive Council

Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism & Culture, who was in Paris for Top Resa 2012 and who is also the President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Regional Organization, said that he was supporting the bid by France and the island … September 27, 2012
Countdown to World Tourism Day 2012

Countdown to World Tourism Day 2012

With less than one week to go to World Tourism Day (WTD) on September 27, preparations for the official celebrations in host country Spain are well underway. In the presence of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Maspalomas, … September 21, 2012
International tourism on track to hit one billion by end of 2012

International tourism on track to hit one billion by end of 2012

Despite concerns over the global economy, international tourism demand continues to show resilience. The number of international tourists worldwide grew by 5% between January and June 2012 compared to the same period of 2011 (22 million more). Although … September 13, 2012
ITB Asia partners with UNWTO and Singapore Tourism Board for inaugural panel debate on future growth of tourism in Asia

ITB Asia partners with UNWTO and Singapore Tourism Board for inaugural panel debate on future growth of tourism in Asia

SINGAPORE – Messe Berlin (Singapore), organizer of ITB Asia, “The Trade Show for the Asian Travel Market,” has announced its first ever panel debate jointly organized by leading travel industry experts representing the World Tourism Organization … September 12, 2012
Tourism makes vital contribution to economy of Argentina says President

Tourism makes vital contribution to economy of Argentina says President

The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has underlined the importance of tourism as a sector able to “generate decent work and wealth across the entire country” on receiving the UNWTO/World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open … August 31, 2012
Seychelles featured in the Global Leaders for Tourism Golden Book

Seychelles featured in the Global Leaders for Tourism Golden Book

Seychelles set its print into the Golden Book of the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign. The unique book is compiled with heads of state and government quotations taken while being presented with an open letter by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) … August 22, 2012
Nominations open for UNWTO Ulysses and Lifetime Achievement Awards

Nominations open for UNWTO Ulysses and Lifetime Achievement Awards

Since 2003, the UNWTO Ulysses Prize and Awards have honored those individuals and tourism initiatives that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of tourism through knowledge creation and innovation, in line with the UNWTO Global Code … August 2, 2012
UNWTO strongly condemns attack on tourist bus in Bulgaria

UNWTO strongly condemns attack on tourist bus in Bulgaria

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is deeply shocked by the bombing of a tourist bus in Bulgaria and condemns the act in the strongest possible terms. “We strongly condemn this horrific attack that has killed and injured Israeli tourists … July 19, 2012
Well-managed tourism can help protect the world’s wetlands

Well-managed tourism can help protect the world’s wetlands

Whether kayaking in the Iberá Marshes in Argentina or bird-watching at Ba-Be Lake in Vietnam, tourists are providing income for the conservation of wetlands worldwide, as demonstrated in a new publication launched by the Ramsar Secretariat and UNWTO. … July 10, 2012
415 million tourists expected worldwide in the May-August peak season

415 million tourists expected worldwide in the May-August peak season

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5 percent in the first 4 months of 2012, despite remaining economic uncertainties in some of the major outbound markets. According to the latest UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) World Tourism Barometer, … July 9, 2012
UNWTO welcomes new Egyptian President’s support for tourism

UNWTO welcomes new Egyptian President’s support for tourism

UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has congratulated Mr. Muhammad Morsi on his election as Egypt’s new President and applauded his support for the tourism sector, as expressed in the President’s first speech after … July 4, 2012
Jordan holds International Conference on Seizing Tourism Market Opportunities in Times of Rapid Change

Jordan holds International Conference on Seizing Tourism Market Opportunities in Times of Rapid Change

The International Conference on Seizing Tourism Market Opportunities in Times of Rapid Change took place on June 5-7, 2012, under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein, at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center at the Dead … June 29, 2012
Tourism and sustainable energy: gearing up for World Tourism Day 2012

Tourism and sustainable energy: gearing up for World Tourism Day 2012

World Tourism Day (WTD) 2012 will be celebrated under the theme “Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development,” inviting everyone involved in tourism – from governments to businesses and tourists themselves – to learn more about … June 27, 2012
Tourism can contribute to the three pillars of sustainability

Tourism can contribute to the three pillars of sustainability

Tourism, providing jobs and supporting the livelihoods of millions, particularly of women and young people, is central to advancing the three pillars of sustainability, agreed participants meeting at a Rio+20 tourism event. Participants at the side … June 22, 2012
Green innovation in tourism can trigger major economic, social and environmental benefits

Green innovation in tourism can trigger major economic, social and environmental benefits

The Rio+20 event `Green Innovation in Tourism´, co-hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the support of the Brazilian … June 20, 2012
Support grows for WTM Responsible Tourism Day

Support grows for WTM Responsible Tourism Day

Fresh initiatives, greater focus, and an increasing awareness that responsible tourism should top the industry agenda has contributed to the success of World Travel Market (WTM) World Responsible Tourism Day (WRTD), in association with the UN World Tourism … June 20, 2012
Tourism – a development opportunity for Small Island States, finds UNWTO report

Tourism – a development opportunity for Small Island States, finds UNWTO report

International tourism is one of the principal economic activities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). A new UNWTO report launched on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20), confirms tourism as an essential … June 19, 2012
Tourism deserves increased political recognition, says Prime Minister of Jamaica

Tourism deserves increased political recognition, says Prime Minister of Jamaica

“Tourism has grown over the years to become one of the world’s most powerful economic sectors – delivering jobs, income, and well-being around the globe,” said Prime Minister Miller. “Having served as Minister of Tourism and Sports of Jamaica … June 18, 2012
UNWTO and WTTC call on the G20 to use tourism's potential for job creation

UNWTO and WTTC call on the G20 to use tourism's potential for job creation

Ahead of the G20 world leaders’ meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, next week, the UNWTO and WTTC call on the leaders to consider travel and tourism as an engine for economic growth and stimulating the global economy. Increasing travel and tourism demand … June 17, 2012
Tourism vital to tackling global economic challenges, UNWTO Executive Council says

Tourism vital to tackling global economic challenges, UNWTO Executive Council says

MADRID, Spain - “On this occasion, I would like to underscore the role of tourism as a creator of jobs in today’s difficult situation, especially among younger populations who find themselves unfairly denied access to the labor market,” said His … June 13, 2012
UNWTO consultant in Seychelles to re-look at the structure of the Seychelles Tourism Board and that of the new Ministry of Tourism

UNWTO consultant in Seychelles to re-look at the structure of the Seychelles Tourism Board and that of the new Ministry of Tourism

Mr. Jim Flannery, a UNWTO consultant, is in Seychelles to relook at the structure of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and that of the newly-formed Ministry of Tourism. The Tourism Board is a private sector-led organization in what has been seen as a … June 10, 2012
170 top EHL students compete for the winning strategy in the EHL-UNWTO Silk Road Think Tank

170 top EHL students compete for the winning strategy in the EHL-UNWTO Silk Road Think Tank

At the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)-UNWTO Silk Road Think Tank, 170 future hospitality leaders presented innovative strategies for how 10 UNWTO Member States can maximize their positioning as Silk Road destinations (Lausanne, Switzerland, June … June 8, 2012
On World Environment Day, UNWTO launches project to protect biodiversity in Georgia

On World Environment Day, UNWTO launches project to protect biodiversity in Georgia

Biodiversity is tourism’s natural capital, motivating millions of people to travel the world each year. Yet biodiversity is at risk on a global scale due largely to unsustainable human activities. “Biodiversity is central to all our lives, yet … June 5, 2012
Most Silk Road private tourism sector stakeholders do not understand how UNWTO works

Most Silk Road private tourism sector stakeholders do not understand how UNWTO works

Research was initiated by The Region Initiative (TRI), and data was collected through questionnaires, background interviews, and direct contact with stakeholders of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, and Armenia, to … June 3, 2012
IIPT signs MOU with World Tourism Organization

IIPT signs MOU with World Tourism Organization

STOWE, Vermont, USA –The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is proud to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The MOU provides for cooperation between UNWTO … May 31, 2012
UNWTO and the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) join forces to advance the development of sustainable tourism in Silk Road countries

UNWTO and the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) join forces to advance the development of sustainable tourism in Silk Road countries

On June 4, 2012, at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Le Chalet-à-Gobet located at 1000 Lausanne 25, Switzerland, 170 final year students from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) are being challenged to build strong strategic plans for 10 Silk Road … May 29, 2012
Visa facilitation can create five million additional jobs in G20 economies

Visa facilitation can create five million additional jobs in G20 economies

Visa facilitation is central to stimulating economic growth and job creation through tourism. The G20 can have a particularly important role to play in this respect. G20 economies could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, … May 17, 2012
Myanmar set to rejoin UNWTO

Myanmar set to rejoin UNWTO

The President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, U Thein Sein, has announced the country will initiate the process of restoring its membership of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The decision was confirmed during an official visit of UNWTO … May 11, 2012
International tourism off to a strong start in 2012

International tourism off to a strong start in 2012

The first results of 2012 indicate that international tourism continued to show sustained growth in spite of challenging economic conditions. During the first two months of 2012, international tourist arrivals grew by an estimated 5.7 percent compared … May 10, 2012
International tourism receipts surpass USD1 trillion in 2011

International tourism receipts surpass USD1 trillion in 2011

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourism receipts continued to recover from the losses of crisis year 2009 and hit new records in most destinations, reaching an estimated US$1,030 billion (euro 740 billion) worldwide, … May 7, 2012
Tourism leaders of the Middle East reiterate confidence in the sector

Tourism leaders of the Middle East reiterate confidence in the sector

Ministers of Tourism and leading tourism companies from the Middle East and North Africa reiterated their confidence in the growth of tourism in the region during the first UNWTO/Arabian Travel Market Industry Forum in Dubai on April 30, 2012.Entitled … May 4, 2012
Tourism and the media join forces to support the sector in challenging times

Tourism and the media join forces to support the sector in challenging times

“What drives tourism is the perception the traveler has of a destination. Fair reporting of both the negative and the positive will play a vital role in the recovery of Egyptian tourism,” said Egypt’s Tourism Minister, Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour, … April 30, 2012
We must act together to fight exploitation and human trafficking in tourism, say UN and international partners

We must act together to fight exploitation and human trafficking in tourism, say UN and international partners

VIENNA, Austria - Taking a firm stand against human trafficking, especially child trafficking, in the tourism sector, the heads of two United Nations bodies today pledged to stamp out this hidden scourge through joint efforts. Yury Fedotov, Executive … April 25, 2012
Tourism can stimulate trade and development, agrees UN Conference

Tourism can stimulate trade and development, agrees UN Conference

The theme of UNCTAD XIII, “Development-Centered Globalization: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Growth and Development,” focuses on how the global economy can spread its benefits more inclusively and sustainably, creating jobs and raising living … April 24, 2012
Top media representatives to join the debate at the UNWTO Conference on Tourism and the Media

Top media representatives to join the debate at the UNWTO Conference on Tourism and the Media

Time Magazine and The Huffington Post are among the top media outlets scheduled to take part in the 2nd UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media. The event, which also counts on the presence of The Independent, Deutsche Welle TV, and Ogilvy … April 4, 2012
UNWTO Affiliate Members elect new Board and Chairman

UNWTO Affiliate Members elect new Board and Chairman

In line with a new electoral process, 23 members were elected to the UNWTO Board of Affiliate Members. The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE), represented by its Director General, George Drakopoulos, was elected to Chair the Board. Commenting … April 3, 2012
Flemish Community among the first regions to measure tourism’s economic impact using the Tourism Satellite Account

Flemish Community among the first regions to measure tourism’s economic impact using the Tourism Satellite Account

The Flemish Community of Belgium has become one of the first regions worldwide to determine the contribution of tourism to its economy using the United Nations approved Tourism Satellite Account (TSA). Results were announced during the official visit … March 21, 2012
Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism to advance the use of new technologies in mountain tourism

Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism to advance the use of new technologies in mountain tourism

The role of new technologies in snow and mountain tourism will be the focus of the 7th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism, held by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with the Principality of Andorra (La Massana, Andorra, … March 14, 2012
UNWTO and ETC advance cooperation on tourism issues

UNWTO and ETC advance cooperation on tourism issues

UNWTO and the European Travel Commission (ETC) have signed an agreement committing to advance their joint efforts to address major issues facing the tourism sector (Berlin, Germany, March 7, 2012). “Global challenges demand increased cooperation. … March 7, 2012
One billion tourists key to creating jobs and stimulating the economy says UNWTO Secretary General

One billion tourists key to creating jobs and stimulating the economy says UNWTO Secretary General

BERLIN, Germany - “By the end of 2012, one seventh of the world’s population will have crossed international borders as tourists in a single year,” said Mr. Rifai in his keynote speech at the official opening of ITB. This “extraordinary number” … March 7, 2012
7th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism

7th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism

LA MASSANA, Principality of Andorra - As has been widely recognized, snow and mountain tourism, as a rapidly-growing and dynamic segment of the tourism industry, is facing challenges and it needs to re-position itself in the marketplace by clearly identifying … March 2, 2012
UNWTO Secretary General calls on Seychelles President Michel

UNWTO Secretary General calls on Seychelles President Michel

The Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization, Mr. Taleb Rifai, paid a courtesy call on Seychelles President James Michel yesterday afternoon at State House. Mr. Rifai, who was accompanied by the UNWTO Regional Director for Africa, Mr. … March 2, 2012
Microsoft and World Tourism Organization to drive innovation in the tourism sector

Microsoft and World Tourism Organization to drive innovation in the tourism sector

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Microsoft signed today an agreement aimed at bringing the benefits of the most advanced technologies to the tourism sector and driving the industry’s evolution towards the computing paradigm of the future. … February 29, 2012
UNWTO activities at ITB 2012

UNWTO activities at ITB 2012

UNWTO events at this year’s ITB Travel Trade Show include a high-level session on tourism trends in the Mediterranean, the Silk Road Ministers’ meeting, a session on consumer protection, and a meeting of the World Tourism Network on Child Protection, … February 23, 2012
First UNWTO report on LGBT travelers highlights economic benefits for tolerant destinations

First UNWTO report on LGBT travelers highlights economic benefits for tolerant destinations

A benchmark affiliate report has been published by the UN World Tourism Association (UNTWO) in partnership with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. The Global Report on LGBT tourism was released in January 2012 and found that destinations … February 21, 2012
UNWTO Secretary General meets Spanish Tourism Minister

UNWTO Secretary General meets Spanish Tourism Minister

UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, met with the Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy, and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, to discuss tourism’s role in meeting the challenges currently facing the sector (Madrid, Spain, … February 14, 2012
The Ramsar Convention and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) join forces to celebrate World Wetlands Day

The Ramsar Convention and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) join forces to celebrate World Wetlands Day

From the Great Barrier Reef to the Okavango Delta, the Danube Delta and many other thousands of wetlands, the human love for watery places has sustained tourism and recreation in wetlands around the world for countless decades. February 2 of each … February 2, 2012
UNWTO and Tunisia to hold international Conference on the Future of Mediterranean Tourism

UNWTO and Tunisia to hold international Conference on the Future of Mediterranean Tourism

UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Tunisia will organize an international Conference on the Future of Mediterranean Tourism on the island of Djerba (April 16-17, 2012). The news was announced at the Tourism Investment Forum for Africa, INVESTOUR, held … January 24, 2012
UNWTO urges continued tourism investment in Africa

UNWTO urges continued tourism investment in Africa

Speaking at the Tourism Investment Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR), UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai encouraged companies to continue investing in Africa and its growing tourism markets. “Africa has been one of the … January 24, 2012
UNWTO Secretary General pledges support for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Carnival in Seychelles this coming March and will personally attend to deliver a tourism message

UNWTO Secretary General pledges support for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Carnival in Seychelles this coming March and will personally attend to deliver a tourism message

Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), received at his Madrid Headquarters in Spain on Friday, January 20, 2012, a Seychelles’ delegation comprised of the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Alain St.Ange; … January 24, 2012
International tourism to reach 1 billion in 2012

International tourism to reach 1 billion in 2012

International tourist arrivals grew by over 4 percent in 2011 to 980 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With growth expected to continue in 2012, at a somewhat slower rate, international tourist arrivals are on track to reach … January 16, 2012
UNWTO collaborates with SATTE

UNWTO collaborates with SATTE

SATTE 2012 has added another feather to its cap. Close on the heels of the CII-SATTE conference tie-up, the UN World Trade Organization (UNWTO) has collaborated with SATTE and will make a presentation as part of the SATTE conferences program. On February … January 12, 2012
Sultan of Brunei joins UNWTO-WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign

Sultan of Brunei joins UNWTO-WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign

Brunei became the latest country to join the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign when His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’Izzaddin Waddualah accepted an Open Letter on the importance of travel and tourism. “We will do our best to support … January 12, 2012
UNWTO activities at FITUR 2012

UNWTO activities at FITUR 2012

Signaling the beginning of the international tourism calendar for 2012, UNWTO will hold a number of activities at the International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR, addressing key issues facing the sector in times of uncertainty (Madrid, Spain, January 18-22, … December 20, 2011
International Volunteer Day: UNWTO volunteers promote tourism’s contribution to development

International Volunteer Day: UNWTO volunteers promote tourism’s contribution to development

On International Volunteer Day (December 5), celebrated in 2011 under the theme “Volunteering Matters,” UNWTO is highlighting how tourism and volunteer work can make a difference through its UNWTO volunteers. UNWTO volunteers work on tourism projects … December 6, 2011
Tourism a priority for Azerbaijan says President Ilham Aliyev, joins UNWTO-WTTC campaign

Tourism a priority for Azerbaijan says President Ilham Aliyev, joins UNWTO-WTTC campaign

Tourism has the full support of the Azerbaijani government, said President Ilham Aliyev on becoming the latest head of state to join the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Baku, Azerbaijan, November 15). Stressing that 2011 had been declared … November 24, 2011
Experts to debate role of tourism in fostering regional integration and social inclusion in the Americas

Experts to debate role of tourism in fostering regional integration and social inclusion in the Americas

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and the government of Ceará, Brazil, will bring together international and national experts to debate the impact of tourism on development, social inclusion, and regional … November 17, 2011
Middle East and North African tourism to return stronger than before

Middle East and North African tourism to return stronger than before

LONDON, UK - Participants at the UNWTO/Arabian Travel Market (ATM) event on the Future of Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa held at the World Travel Market were unanimous in agreeing that tourism in the region, which has for long lived with … November 15, 2011
US travelers set to return to Europe – new UNWTO-ETC report

US travelers set to return to Europe – new UNWTO-ETC report

Despite the downward revision of the country's economic growth forecast, US tour operators predict US travelers will return to Europe in growing numbers. This is the main finding of a new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)/European Travel Commission (ETC) … November 11, 2011
New UNWTO and ATM Forum to support highly-successful UNWTO and WTM Ministers’ Summit

New UNWTO and ATM Forum to support highly-successful UNWTO and WTM Ministers’ Summit

The highly-successful UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers’ Summit is to have a sister event in 2012 – the UNWTO and Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Forum, which will take place during the Arabian Travel Market … November 9, 2011
European tourism grows above expectations

European tourism grows above expectations

International tourist arrivals grew by 4.5 percent in the first eight months of 2011 to a total of 671 million (29 million more than in the same period of 2010). The Northern Hemisphere summer peak season months of July and August showed encouraging … November 8, 2011
Tourism an engine for development says President of Colombia - Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign

Tourism an engine for development says President of Colombia - Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign

MADRID, Spain & LONDON, UK - Tourism has been at the forefront of Colombia’s economic and social transformation over the last decade. On the back of this success, Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, joined the UNWTO/WTTC [UN World Tourism Organization/World … November 7, 2011
UNWTO activities at the World Travel Market

UNWTO activities at the World Travel Market

A full agenda of UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) activities will be taking place at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM), ranging from the annual Ministers’ Summit to a seminar on the future of tourism in the Middle East and North Africa (London, … November 1, 2011
Seychelles address at 19th session of UNWTO General Assembly recorded

Seychelles address at 19th session of UNWTO General Assembly recorded

The Seychelles representation and address by Alain St.Ange, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, at the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Korea was recorded in the UNWTO magazine among other highlights of this General Assembly. The Seychelles … October 31, 2011
US travel to Europe: set for recovery or still in the doldrums?

US travel to Europe: set for recovery or still in the doldrums?

As the global economic situation remains volatile and the demographic make-up of the USA alters, we can expect changes in the way Americans travel. But what form will these changes take? A joint seminar of the European Travel Commission (ETC), World … October 27, 2011
Prime Minister of Malaysia: tourism key to country’s economic transformation

Prime Minister of Malaysia: tourism key to country’s economic transformation

Tourism has a crucial role in transforming Malaysia into a high-income country by 2020 said Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, on joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October … October 19, 2011
Seychelles tourism head meets with press in Korea after 19th Session of UNWTO General Assembly

Seychelles tourism head meets with press in Korea after 19th Session of UNWTO General Assembly

Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, took time as he transited in Seoul to face the Korean press and highlight the unique selling points of the Seychelles. The press meetings with Seong Yeon Ho, the Editor of TNL News; Bora Yang, the … October 19, 2011
Kenya, Seychelles and Tanzania delegation at 19th session of UNWTO General Assembly in Korea sign joint declaration on insecurity and piracy situation along Indian Ocean

Kenya, Seychelles and Tanzania delegation at 19th session of UNWTO General Assembly in Korea sign joint declaration on insecurity and piracy situation along Indian Ocean

Kenya's Minister for Tourism, Najib Balala; the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Alain St.Ange; and Tanzania's Minister for Tourism & Natural Resources, Ezekiel Maige; met on the sidelines of the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Gyeongju … October 16, 2011
19th General Assembly closes with pledge to strengthen UNWTO

19th General Assembly closes with pledge to strengthen UNWTO

The over 1,000 representatives from UNWTO’s Members States and Affiliate Members attending the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly have unanimously adopted proposed reforms in the organization, allowing it to become more responsive, efficient, … October 14, 2011
Seychelles and Senegal elected as Africa delegates to UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Committee

Seychelles and Senegal elected as Africa delegates to UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Committee

The 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly being held at Gyeongju in Korea has elected the Republic of the Seychelles and the Republic of Senegal as Africa delegates to the UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Committee. Minister Thierno Lo, the Senegal Minister … October 12, 2011
International tourists to hit 1.8 billion by 2030

International tourists to hit 1.8 billion by 2030

International tourist arrivals are forecast to reach 1.8 billion by 2030 according to the newly-released UNWTO long-term forecast, Tourism Towards 2030. The report, presented on the occasion of the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly, confirms … October 12, 2011
Seychelles addresses UNWTO General Assembly 2011

Seychelles addresses UNWTO General Assembly 2011

Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, took to the podium on Tuesday, October 11, to deliver his address at the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly, which is being held this year in Gyeongju in Korea. Mr. St.Ange used his address … October 11, 2011
Tourism vital for achieving global development objectives, tourism ministers and UN says

Tourism vital for achieving global development objectives, tourism ministers and UN says

Tourism ministers and top United Nations (UN) officials have stressed the importance of tourism in reaching the social and economic development targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and contributing to a more sustainable future at the … October 11, 2011
Alain St.Ange of Seychelles addresses Ministerial Roundtable Conference at 19th Session of UNWTO General Assembly

Alain St.Ange of Seychelles addresses Ministerial Roundtable Conference at 19th Session of UNWTO General Assembly

The Ministerial Roundtable Conference at the opening of the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly held on October 10 in GyeongJu in Korea saw a series of Ministers and heads of delegations of Member States address the conference to highlight the … October 10, 2011
Seychelles cited as an example at the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly

Seychelles cited as an example at the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly

The CNN TASK-Tourism Communication Session at the 19th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in GyeongJu, Korea, saw the republic of the Seychelles being cited by Anita Mendiratta as an example for successfully informing the world of its tourism achievements … October 10, 2011
TUI Boss headlines high-profile private sector speaker line up at UNWTO and WTM Ministers’ Summit

TUI Boss headlines high-profile private sector speaker line up at UNWTO and WTM Ministers’ Summit

TUI Group Chief Executive Peter Long will head up an impressive line-up of private sector speakers at the UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit. Long, who runs the largest travel organization in Europe, is joined by Cox & Kings CEO Peter Kerkar and World … October 6, 2011
Revitalizing Japan’s tourism sector

Revitalizing Japan’s tourism sector

Meeting with Japan´s Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has called for the continued international support of the country’s tourism sector (October 4-6, 2011, Japan). “In the process of revitalizing Japan, tourism … October 5, 2011
World Tourism Day: a global celebration

World Tourism Day: a global celebration

World Tourism Day (September 27) is the most widely-celebrated global day for tourism. World Tourism Day has been held since 1980 and has been a United Nations “official day” since the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) became a UN specialized … September 26, 2011
Countdown to World Tourism Day

Countdown to World Tourism Day

With just a few days to go until World Tourism Day (September 27), the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced the five photos and five "tweets" from among the hundreds of entries submitted to the 2011 World Tourism Day (WTD) competitions … September 23, 2011
Congress on Ethics and Tourism opens with calls to place ethics at the core of tourism development

Congress on Ethics and Tourism opens with calls to place ethics at the core of tourism development

Ten years since the adoption of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism by the United Nations General Assembly, the first International Congress on Ethics and Tourism has opened with calls to intensify efforts to place ethics at the core of tourism development … September 15, 2011
UNWTO conference forges closer relationship between tourism and the media

UNWTO conference forges closer relationship between tourism and the media

Focusing on the people behind the tourism numbers and maintaining an honest and open relationship with the media: these are among the main recommendations to emerge from discussions between media representatives and tourism officials attending the first … September 13, 2011
Seychelles applauds Hawaii in its move to appoint tourism ambassadors

Seychelles applauds Hawaii in its move to appoint tourism ambassadors

The Seychelles Tourism Board has applauded the Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA) in its move to appoint tourism ambassadors. Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, said when he saw news of the appointment of Jorge Gonzales Carling and … September 11, 2011
Seychelles joins UNWTO to celebrate World Tourism Day 2011

Seychelles joins UNWTO to celebrate World Tourism Day 2011

The tropical islands of the Seychelles has just issued their 2011 Tourism Week program, which shows that these islands remain committed to the call made by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for serious tourism destinations accross the world to … September 7, 2011
High-profile speakers confirmed for Congress on Ethics and Tourism

High-profile speakers confirmed for Congress on Ethics and Tourism

The United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Jorge Sampaio; the Vice President of the European Commission, Antonio Tajani; and the Ministers of Tourism of Ecuador, Italy, South Africa, and Tanzania are among the speakers of … September 7, 2011
Joining UNWTO/WTTC global campaign, China reaffirms commitment to tourism

Joining UNWTO/WTTC global campaign, China reaffirms commitment to tourism

“The Chinese government is increasingly conscious of the role that tourism plays in socio-economic development and will double its efforts in tourism,” said Chinese Vice-Premier, Wang Qishan, on joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign … September 6, 2011
Tourism in the headlines

Tourism in the headlines

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) would like to remind the media of the opportunity to participate in the first UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media, which will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, on September 12-13. UNWTO, in … August 29, 2011
UNWTO and SNV partner to advance tourism training for the informal sector in developing countries

UNWTO and SNV partner to advance tourism training for the informal sector in developing countries

Capacity building and knowledge transfer are at the center of competitive destinations and sustainable development efforts. A new project, High Impact Tourism Training (HITT), implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation with support from UNWTO, … August 22, 2011
Green Globe partner, Heritage, receives UNWTO affiliation

Green Globe partner, Heritage, receives UNWTO affiliation

LOS ANGELES, California - The Heritage Environmental Management Company (Heritage) has become one of only two environmental certification standards worldwide to be affiliated to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), it was announced today. Heritage’s … August 18, 2011
The Mother City celebrates World Tourism Day with My Cape Town

The Mother City celebrates World Tourism Day with My Cape Town

World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27 each year as a day earmarked by the United Nations to celebrate tourism and its social, economic, and environmental benefits. This year’s theme is "linking cultures" – a theme which truly reflects Cape … August 16, 2011
Egypt to host official World Tourism Day celebrations

Egypt to host official World Tourism Day celebrations

The Egyptian city of Aswan will host the official 2011 World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations, which will include a High-Level Think Tank on this year’s theme, "Tourism – Linking Cultures" (September 27, 2011). “It is most fitting that Egypt, … August 11, 2011
UNWTO extends its condolences to Norway

UNWTO extends its condolences to Norway

Following the terrible events in Norway, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, made the following statement: “UNWTO was profoundly shocked by last Friday’s appalling attacks in Norway, which claimed many innocent … July 25, 2011
UNWTO and China open third observatory for sustainable tourism development

UNWTO and China open third observatory for sustainable tourism development

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and China have opened a third Sustainable Tourism Observatory to monitor the environmental and socio-economic impacts of tourism. The Zhangjiajie Observatory, located in Hunan Province, is part of a network … July 19, 2011
UNWTO statement on bombings in Mumbai, India

UNWTO statement on bombings in Mumbai, India

Following the bomb attacks in Mumbai, India, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, made the following statement: “UNWTO was shocked to learn of the brutal bomb attacks in Mumbai that claimed innocent lives and … July 15, 2011
Tourism Ministers to discuss how to consolidate recovery at the World Travel Market

Tourism Ministers to discuss how to consolidate recovery at the World Travel Market

The fifth and largest UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ministers’ Summit, held in cooperation with World Travel Market (WTM), will look at how the travel and tourism sector can prosper following the global downturn (London, UK, November 8, 2011). Tourism … July 14, 2011
UNWTO Secretary-General to Attend World Youth and Student Travel Conference 2011 Barcelona

UNWTO Secretary-General to Attend World Youth and Student Travel Conference 2011 Barcelona

The World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSETC) is pleased to announce that Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), will attend this year's conference in Barcelona, September 20-23. The Secretary-General … July 13, 2011
Tourism a poverty reduction tool says President Guebuza of Mozambique – joins UNWTO-WTTC global campaign

Tourism a poverty reduction tool says President Guebuza of Mozambique – joins UNWTO-WTTC global campaign

MADRID, Spain & LONDON, UK - “We support tourism as an area of major importance in our agenda to fight poverty,” said Mozambique’s President, Armando Guebuza. The President was speaking after joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign … July 8, 2011
UNWTO and Spain announce major conference on ethics and tourism

UNWTO and Spain announce major conference on ethics and tourism

UNWTO and Spain have come together to organize the First International Congress on Ethics and Tourism to address some of the most pressing ethical issues currently facing the tourism sector (September 15-16, Madrid, Spain). As one of the largest economic … July 7, 2011
Tourism in the headlines: UNWTO conference looks to place tourism in the news

Tourism in the headlines: UNWTO conference looks to place tourism in the news

The first international conference dedicated exclusively to the relationship between tourism and the media is to be held by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Croatia under the title Tourism in the Headlines (September 12-13, Zagreb, Croatia). … July 6, 2011
International tourism maintains momentum despite challenges

International tourism maintains momentum despite challenges

International tourist arrivals grew by 4.5% in the first four months of 2011, despite new challenges emerging since the beginning of the year. According to the latest issue of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer, growth was … June 30, 2011
UNWTO presents overview of international tourism in 2010

UNWTO presents overview of international tourism in 2010

The 2011 edition of the UNWTO Tourism Highlights is now online. This overview of international tourism in 2010 includes key trends, the ranking of the world’s top tourism destinations, and an overview of international tourist arrivals and tourism receipts … June 29, 2011
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki highlights tourism’s cultural benefits upon joining UNWTO-WTTC Global Leaders Campaign

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki highlights tourism’s cultural benefits upon joining UNWTO-WTTC Global Leaders Campaign

Joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, Kenya President Mwai Kibaki recognized tourism as “a great opportunity to learn from one another and share different traditions and cultures” (Nairobi, Kenya, June 23). “We see and value … June 27, 2011
President Yudhoyono of Indonesia: first Asian head of state to join UNWTO-WTTC global campaign

President Yudhoyono of Indonesia: first Asian head of state to join UNWTO-WTTC global campaign

The President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has become the first Asian head of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign. “Today, tourism … June 22, 2011
UNWTO Executive Council endorses efforts to better position tourism in the global agenda

UNWTO Executive Council endorses efforts to better position tourism in the global agenda

UNWTO Member States attending the 90th session of the UNWTO Executive Council have expressed their support for UNWTO's activities aimed at positing tourism higher in the global political and economic agenda (June 19-21, Mombasa, Kenya). Chaired by … June 22, 2011
Tourism – linking cultures: UNWTO launches World Tourism Day 2011

Tourism – linking cultures: UNWTO launches World Tourism Day 2011

World Tourism Day 2011 will be celebrated under the theme Tourism – Linking Cultures, an opportunity to highlight tourism’s role in bringing the cultures of the world together and promoting global understanding through travel (September 27, 2011). … June 20, 2011
Local communities to secure bigger benefits from tourism

Local communities to secure bigger benefits from tourism

Ensuring that the social and economic benefits of tourism reach local communities was at the heart of the first "UNWTO Seminar on Tourism Ethics for Asia and the Pacific: Responsible Tourism and its Socio-Economic Impact on Local Communities." The seminar … June 17, 2011
International conference to spotlight regional impact of tourism

International conference to spotlight regional impact of tourism

Issues of special importance to regional tourism, including how to analyze tourism flows and maximize their economic impact, will be presented at the 2nd International Conference on the Measurement and Economic Analysis of Regional Tourism (October 27-29, … June 15, 2011
UNWTO launches new energy efficiency project in Indonesia

UNWTO launches new energy efficiency project in Indonesia

UNWTO and the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT) have launched a new energy efficiency project in Indonesia. The project, “Sustainable Tourism through Energy Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in Pangandaran” (STREAM), … June 13, 2011
UN Women’s head commends tourism as engine for gender equality

UN Women’s head commends tourism as engine for gender equality

On her first visit to Spain as Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet visited the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) headquarters in Madrid to strengthen collaboration between the two UN bodies in promoting gender equality and women’s … June 9, 2011
UNWTO Algarve Forum sets a consensus for tourism strategies

UNWTO Algarve Forum sets a consensus for tourism strategies

While tourism has enormous potential to contribute to development, it can only do so with adequate governance systems which empower people and communities – this was one of the main messages emerging from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Algarve … June 9, 2011
The search is on for the best in responsible tourism

The search is on for the best in responsible tourism

World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry, is helping search for the most inspiring and innovative examples of responsible tourism throughout the world. The hunt is part of the nominations process for the Virgin Holidays … June 7, 2011
UNWTO supporting tourism in Tunisia

UNWTO supporting tourism in Tunisia

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Tunisian government have signed a partnership agreement under which UNWTO will support the country’s tourism development. Policy guidance, marketing, and training for the tourism workforce are among … June 6, 2011
International community to back tourism development in West African parks

International community to back tourism development in West African parks

International development banks, UN agencies, and intergovernmental organizations have pledged to support the sustainable development of tourism in a network of parks spanning ten countries in West Africa. Commitments to the West Africa Parks Project … June 3, 2011
Central and Eastern European countries join forces for sustainable tourism development in the Carpathian Mountains

Central and Eastern European countries join forces for sustainable tourism development in the Carpathian Mountains

The seven Central and Eastern European countries sharing the Carpathian mountain range have agreed to jointly manage the sustainable development of tourism; a sector of fundamental importance to the region. Meeting at the 3rd Conference of the Parties … June 2, 2011
Tourism key to the economic recovery of Egypt

Tourism key to the economic recovery of Egypt

As the leading foreign exchange earner and representing one in every seven jobs, tourism is a crucial factor in Egypt’s economic recovery, stressed the Prime Minister of Egypt, Essam Sharaf, during an official visit of the UN World Tourism Organization … May 31, 2011
UNWTO signs cooperation agreement with the Organization of American States

UNWTO signs cooperation agreement with the Organization of American States

UNWTO and the Organization of American States (OAS) have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at developing sustainable tourism policies and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the tourism sector in the Americas.The agreement was signed … May 27, 2011
Open call: university course on Tourism and International Cooperation for Development

Open call: university course on Tourism and International Cooperation for Development

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is now enrolling for the university course, Tourism and International Cooperation for Development, 2011 edition in English, organized by the UNWTO.Themis Foundation. The online training takes place from August 22 … May 26, 2011
International tourism: first results of 2011 confirm consolidation of growth

International tourism: first results of 2011 confirm consolidation of growth

International tourist arrivals grew by close to 5% during the first months of 2011, consolidating the 7% rebound registered in 2010. According to the April Interim Update of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer, growth was … May 11, 2011
UNWTO announces 2011 Ulysses Prize and Awards winners

UNWTO announces 2011 Ulysses Prize and Awards winners

A company offering guided tours through Canada for people with disabilities and a discovery trail of the ancient Moche civilization of Northern Peru are among the winners of this year’s UNWTO Ulysses Awards. The awards ceremony will be held during the … May 9, 2011
President Zuma of South Africa joins UNWTO-WTTC global campaign on the value of travel and tourism

President Zuma of South Africa joins UNWTO-WTTC global campaign on the value of travel and tourism

The President of South Africa Jacob Zuma is the latest head of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Leaders for Tourism Campaign. President Zuma was presented an open letter stressing … May 6, 2011
UNWTO strongly condemns bombing in Morocco

UNWTO strongly condemns bombing in Morocco

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is deeply shocked by the bomb attack at the Argana cafe in Djemaa el-Fna square in Marrakesh, Morocco. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO has conveyed its heartfelt sympathy to the government … April 29, 2011
UNWTO supporting tourism recovery in Tunisia

UNWTO supporting tourism recovery in Tunisia

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will support the Recovery Plan designed by the Ministry of Tourism of Tunisia to revive the tourism sector. The agreement was reached during the recent official visit of UNWTO Secretary-General to Tunisia (April … April 27, 2011
UNWTO and Inter-American Development Bank partner to strengthen tourism development in Latin America and Caribbean

UNWTO and Inter-American Development Bank partner to strengthen tourism development in Latin America and Caribbean

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have deepened their cooperation on tourism development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Joint activities will focus on improving the measurement of tourism, strengthening … April 21, 2011
UN agencies: current situation poses no risk to travel to and from Japan

UN agencies: current situation poses no risk to travel to and from Japan

The United Nations organizations (WHO, IAEA, UNWTO, WMO, IMO, ICAO, ILO) closely monitoring the effects of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant remain confident that radiation levels do not present health or transportation safety hazards to passengers … April 15, 2011
UN comes together to promote tourism for development

UN comes together to promote tourism for development

Tourism has been identified by more than half of the world’s poorest countries as an effective means to take part in the global economy and reduce poverty. To maximize tourism’s role in helping countries reach their development goals, UNWTO has come … April 7, 2011
Donors’ conference to mobilize resources for sustainable tourism development in West Africa

Donors’ conference to mobilize resources for sustainable tourism development in West Africa

A UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) international donors’ conference is looking to mobilize funds to support sustainable tourism development in cross-border parks and protected areas spanning ten countries in West Africa (Dakar, Senegal, May 27-28, … April 4, 2011
UNWTO congress to debate the future of snow and mountain tourism

UNWTO congress to debate the future of snow and mountain tourism

Mountain resort professionals, from the Alps to the Rockies, as well as Asian destinations including the Republic of Korea, will debate how snow and mountain destinations can respond to current and future challenges, while remaining competitive and sustainable, … March 31, 2011
UNWTO Asia and Pacific members express support for Japan and its tourism sector

UNWTO Asia and Pacific members express support for Japan and its tourism sector

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Regional Commission for Asia and the Pacific has expressed its full support and solidarity with the people of Japan in the aftermath of the recent earthquake and tsunami. Holding their annual meeting in Colombo, … March 28, 2011
Free flow of tourists tops agenda of UNWTO Secretary-General visit to Russia

Free flow of tourists tops agenda of UNWTO Secretary-General visit to Russia

The importance of removing travel barriers to facilitate tourist flows was top of the agenda during the recent visit of UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, to Russia (Moscow, Russia, March 14, 2011). The issue of travel barriers was among the key … March 17, 2011
UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Summit: Commitment and cooperation to establish a powerful brand

UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Summit: Commitment and cooperation to establish a powerful brand

The first UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Silk Road Ministers’ Summit, held at ITB 2011, has concluded with commitment to enhanced cooperation to achieve the objectives of the Silk Road Action Plan, a collaborative framework for advancing tourism … March 14, 2011
Tourism a vehicle for gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN reports

Tourism a vehicle for gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN reports

Women make up an important percentage of the tourism workforce, but more work must be done to close the wealth and skills gap between men and women employed in tourism, according to a new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)/UN Women report launched at … March 11, 2011
UNWTO Secretary-General looks ahead to decade of travel and tourism

UNWTO Secretary-General looks ahead to decade of travel and tourism

The next ten years look set to be “the decade of travel and tourism” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai at the opening the ITB Travel Trade Show in Berlin, Germany, March 9-13. “The first decade of the twenty-first century was a decade … March 9, 2011
Global Tourism Forum Andorra calls for collective action for more competitive and responsible tourism

Global Tourism Forum Andorra calls for collective action for more competitive and responsible tourism

Tourism’s sustained growth and its capacity to tackle global challenges – from economic crises and persistent unemployment to environmental pressures and the poverty imperative – can only be achieved through collective action. This was the central … March 8, 2011
New tourism book provides insight and inspiration into building tourism economies

New tourism book provides insight and inspiration into building tourism economies

A new book on the importance of global tourism in the social, economic, and diplomatic development of nations was launched this week at the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Tourism Forum in Principality of Andorra, in advance of ITB Berlin. Ranked … March 8, 2011
President Calderón of Mexico first to join UNWTO-WTTC global campaign on value of travel and tourism

President Calderón of Mexico first to join UNWTO-WTTC global campaign on value of travel and tourism

The President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, has become the first head of state to join the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) joint campaign highlighting the importance of travel and tourism to global growth … March 2, 2011
UNWTO welcomes signs of tourism recuperation in Egypt and Tunisia

UNWTO welcomes signs of tourism recuperation in Egypt and Tunisia

As normality returns to Egypt and Tunisia, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) welcomes efforts by national authorities to restore confidence among tourists and by foreign governments to update travel advisories accordingly. Tourism is a central … February 24, 2011
UN World Tourism Organization praises PATA’s significant role in global tourism

UN World Tourism Organization praises PATA’s significant role in global tourism

BANGKOK, Thailand - Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), has praised PATA’s significant role in the growth of the global tourism industry. From 25 million arrivals worldwide in 1951, to over 900 million today, … February 24, 2011
Investing in sustainable tourism will stimulate green economy and job creation

Investing in sustainable tourism will stimulate green economy and job creation

UN REPORT Increased investment in sustainable tourism can boost the sector’s contribution to economic growth, development, and particularly job creation, while at the same time addressing major environmental challenges, according to the just released … February 22, 2011
UNWTO and Croatia strengthen collaboration

UNWTO and Croatia strengthen collaboration

UNWTO and Croatia have agreed to further advance sustainable tourism and maximize its contribution to economic growth, job creation, and development in the country. Planned joint activities include the holding of the "First International Conference on … February 18, 2011
Nominations open for UNWTO Ulysses Awards

Nominations open for UNWTO Ulysses Awards

Nominations are officially open for the 2011 UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ulysses Awards. The awards seek to recognize highly-innovative tourism projects which have contributed to tourism policy, governance, and other areas, such as the environment, … February 17, 2011
UNWTO activities at ITB 2011

UNWTO activities at ITB 2011

International tourism recovery is underway across the world. Sustaining this growth through innovation, while advancing social responsibility in the sector, is the objective at the heart of the activities and events organized by the UN World Tourism Organization … February 15, 2011
UNWTO partners with UNEP and other key players to boost sustainable tourism

UNWTO partners with UNEP and other key players to boost sustainable tourism

UNWTO is a key partner of the recently established Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, an initiative to connect all stakeholders working or interested in working to develop sustainable tourism (Costa Rica, January 21, 2011). As the United … February 4, 2011
UNWTO strongly condemns airport bombing in Moscow

UNWTO strongly condemns airport bombing in Moscow

UNWTO is deeply shocked by the bomb attack at Domodedovo airport in Moscow, Russia. On behalf of the international tourism community, the organization has conveyed its heartfelt sympathy to the government of the Russian Federation and its commitment to … January 25, 2011
Global Tourism Forum Andorra 2011 – tourism and economic growth

Global Tourism Forum Andorra 2011 – tourism and economic growth

Senior representatives of the private sector, governments, and United Nations organizations will meet next March in the Principality of Andorra to analyze tourism and its key role in international economic growth and development at the Global Tourism … January 20, 2011
UNWTO expresses support for high-value, low-impact tourism development in Bhutan

UNWTO expresses support for high-value, low-impact tourism development in Bhutan

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has expressed his support for the long-term tourism policy of Bhutan, with its focus on sustainability and quality, on an official visit to the country where he met with acting Prime Minister, Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba … January 14, 2011
UNWTO and principality of Andorra launch 7th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism

UNWTO and principality of Andorra launch 7th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism

Snow and mountain tourism experts from around the world will gather at the 7th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism Andorra to pool and acquire knowledge and monitor relevant trends in this major tourism market (Grenoble, France, April 28-29). … January 12, 2011
UNWTO to present portfolio of technical assistance at FITUR

UNWTO to present portfolio of technical assistance at FITUR

The wide range of products and services which constitute the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) technical assistance portfolio will be officially presented at the international tourism trade fair, FITUR 2011 (Madrid, Spain, January 20). The presentation … January 10, 2011
First meeting of the UNWTO Knowledge Network

First meeting of the UNWTO Knowledge Network

The members of the UNWTO Knowledge Network (UNWTO.Know), a worldwide community of innovative knowledge institutions, universities, and other public and private organizations dedicated to furthering tourism know-how, will come together for the first time … January 5, 2011
UNWTO and Egypt reinforce cooperation

UNWTO and Egypt reinforce cooperation

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is advancing its collaboration with Egypt to strengthen tourism competitiveness in the country. Areas of cooperation include new accommodation quality standards, the development of the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA), … December 23, 2010
Improving energy efficiency in the hotel industry

Improving energy efficiency in the hotel industry

Measuring energy consumption, the carbon footprint, and providing sustainable investment possibilities are the key components of an E-toolkit, which could have a path-breaking impact on the tourism sector, helping hotels reduce their carbon footprint … December 22, 2010
Platma – innovation at the service of tourism

Platma – innovation at the service of tourism

The new digital platform of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Affiliate Members will arrive, with the official presentation of "platma" to take place during the seminar, “Innovative solutions applied to the development of the tourism … December 21, 2010
Emerging economies increasing tourism promotion budgets

Emerging economies increasing tourism promotion budgets

Recent years have seen some large increases in the budgets of National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) in emerging economies, a new joint United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and European Travel Commission (ETC) report has revealed. In … December 16, 2010
UNWTO activities at FITUR 2011

UNWTO activities at FITUR 2011

Intelligent investment in emerging markets and renewable energies; the development of new, innovative technologies and access to knowledge are all decisive in enhancing tourism’s competitiveness and its contribution to global growth, development, and … December 13, 2010
Positioning tourism on the climate change agenda

Positioning tourism on the climate change agenda

As negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP16) are held in Mexico, the role of tourism in combating global warming should once again be highlighted. A COP16 side-event, organized jointly by the Ministry of Tourism of Mexico and … December 8, 2010
UNWTO conference to further knowledge management within  tourism sector

UNWTO conference to further knowledge management within tourism sector

Knowledge management has become an essential instrument for developing effective tourism strategies, particularly important for strengthening the sector’s ability to respond to current global challenges, from the economic crisis to climate change. Against … December 6, 2010
Tourism to spur regional development in South Eastern Europe

Tourism to spur regional development in South Eastern Europe

Tourism offers an effective and viable regional development tool through boosting economic growth and creating quality jobs. This was the central message coming out of the UNWTO Seminar on "Tourism as a Tool for Sustainable Regional Development" (Tirana, … November 26, 2010
UNWTO and the International Labor Organization join efforts to fight a jobless recovery

UNWTO and the International Labor Organization join efforts to fight a jobless recovery

UNWTO and the International Labor Organization (ILO) are working together towards the common objectives of job creation, sustained growth, and fair globalization through decent work in tourism, the UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has underlined … November 25, 2010
UNWTO 7th Tourism Forum for Parliamentarians and Local Authorities kicks off in Mexico

UNWTO 7th Tourism Forum for Parliamentarians and Local Authorities kicks off in Mexico

Ministers of Tourism, parliamentarians, local authorities and representatives of the private sector from around the world are meeting in Mexico for the Seventh International Tourism Forum for Parliamentarians and Local Authorities to debate key challenges … November 17, 2010
The stage is set for tourism to take its rightful place in the global economy

The stage is set for tourism to take its rightful place in the global economy

The Italian Minister of Tourism and newly-elected Chair of the UNWTO Executive Council, Ms. Michela Vittoria Brambilla, has called for every effort to be taken to further demonstrate the contribution of tourism to the global economy on an official visit … November 15, 2010
UNWTO a partner in 5th IIPT African Conference: Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change

UNWTO a partner in 5th IIPT African Conference: Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change

WORLD TRAVEL MARKET, London – The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) has announced its 5th IIPT African Conference at World Travel Market. The conference is being hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, … November 13, 2010
UNWTO's appeal is welcomed by Seychelles

UNWTO's appeal is welcomed by Seychelles

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General, Mr. Taleb Rifai, used the 2010 World Travel Market (WTM) forum in London to appeal to governments worldwide and to multilateral forums such as the G-20 to place tourism higher on … November 11, 2010
UNWTO announces the first Global Tourism Forum in Andorra

UNWTO announces the first Global Tourism Forum in Andorra

Despite representing 6-7% of the world’s employment, an estimated 5% of its GDP and US$1 trillion a year in export revenues, there remains a general lack of awareness of tourism’s role in addressing today’s global challenges. Meeting at the World … November 10, 2010
International tourist arrivals back at pre-crisis peak level

International tourist arrivals back at pre-crisis peak level

Results through August 2010 prove that international tourism continues to recover from the decline of 4.2% suffered last year under the impact of the economic crisis. In the first eight months of this year, the number of international tourist arrivals … November 9, 2010
UNWTO supports advances of T.20 in positioning tourism in the global agenda

UNWTO supports advances of T.20 in positioning tourism in the global agenda

UNWTO welcomes the decision of the Second T.20 Ministers’ Meeting, held in Bueyo, Republic of Korea, (October 11-13), to convey to the President of the Republic of Korea in his capacity as chair of the forthcoming G-20 Seoul Summit, the message that: … November 8, 2010
Tourism can help meet biodiversity targets, UNWTO tells UN Biodiversity Summit

Tourism can help meet biodiversity targets, UNWTO tells UN Biodiversity Summit

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has called on delegates attending the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) in Nagoya, Japan, to recognize tourism’s role in safeguarding … November 3, 2010
UNWTO executive council advances action on tourist protection

UNWTO executive council advances action on tourist protection

The closure of European airspace due to the volcanic ash cloud last April demonstrated the need for a global legal framework for the protection of tourists. As a result, the 89th Session of UNWTO Executive Council (Kish Island, I.R. of Iran, October 25-26, … October 27, 2010
UNWTO activities at World Travel Market 2010

UNWTO activities at World Travel Market 2010

As tourism regains momentum following the worst economic downturn in its recent history, the sector is well aware of the importance of working together towards common objectives and staying abreast of the latest tourism trends and developments. World … October 25, 2010
7th international tourism forum to debate role of public sector in tourism policy

7th international tourism forum to debate role of public sector in tourism policy

7TH FORUM FOR PARLIAMENTARIANS AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES The global economic crisis has opened up important opportunities for the tourism sector, but capitalizing on these requires a better understanding of the various governance roles within national … October 21, 2010

UNWTO supports advances of T.20 in positioning tourism in the global agenda

UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) welcomed the decision of the Second T.20 Ministers’ Meeting, held in Bueyo, Republic of Korea, (October 11-13), to convey to the President of the Republic of Korea in his capacity as Chair of the forthcoming … October 14, 2010
UNWTO supports regional approach to tourism development in Europe

UNWTO supports regional approach to tourism development in Europe

Cooperation at the regional level has proven to be crucial for the development of a profitable and sustainable tourism sector as a further building block of national tourism development strategies. Following examples of other sub-regions in the world, … October 7, 2010
Favorable public policies and new business models top agenda at UNWTO Ministers’ Summit

Favorable public policies and new business models top agenda at UNWTO Ministers’ Summit

AT WORLD TRAVEL MARKET Tourism representatives from the public and private sector will convene at the 4th annual UNWTO Ministers’ Summit at the World Travel Market to debate the best course of action for the tourism sector in the face of global economic … October 6, 2010
UNWTO advances partnership approach for monitoring sustainability

UNWTO advances partnership approach for monitoring sustainability

The Global Observatory on Sustainable Tourism (GOST), a United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) initiative for the monitoring and evaluating of sustainable tourism policies, received a significant boost following the signing of a collaboration … October 5, 2010
World Tourism Day celebrations: conserving biodiversity, a collective responsibility

World Tourism Day celebrations: conserving biodiversity, a collective responsibility

The official 2010 World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations held in Guangzhou, China, have underscored the need for increased action by the global tourism sector - as one of the world’s leading economic activities - towards the preservation of biological … September 27, 2010
UNWTO sets recommendations on tourism and biodiversity ahead of World Tourism Day

UNWTO sets recommendations on tourism and biodiversity ahead of World Tourism Day

Defining the critical role of the tourism sector in protecting biodiversity and setting out clear recommendations on how to maximize this contribution is the aim of two new United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reports. These recommendations … September 24, 2010
UNWTO advocates a global approach on tourism, aviation and climate change

UNWTO advocates a global approach on tourism, aviation and climate change

Tourism is estimated to be responsible for about 5 percent of global carbon emissions. Air passenger transport is the major, and a growing, contributor to global greenhouse gases (GHGs) generated by visitors, with an estimated 2 percent of tourism’s … September 24, 2010
New UK Tourism Minister to attend UNWTO Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market

New UK Tourism Minister to attend UNWTO Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market

UK Tourism Minister John Penrose will make his most high-profile appearance yet at the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry. Penrose, who was … September 23, 2010
New UNWTO report highlights impact of demographic change on tourism

New UNWTO report highlights impact of demographic change on tourism

Demographic change will have major implications for the tourism sector over the coming decades but also presents important opportunities. This is among the central findings of the recently published UNWTO/European Travel Commission (ETC) report on "Demographic … September 21, 2010
International tourist arrivals up 7 percent in the first half of 2010: Asia leads growth

International tourist arrivals up 7 percent in the first half of 2010: Asia leads growth

The first six months of 2010 saw international tourist arrivals grow by 7 percent according to the August Interim Update of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This result confirms the recovery trend beginning in the last quarter of 2009 and is expected … September 2, 2010
UNWTO and Uzbekistan will host 5th International Meeting on the Silk Road

UNWTO and Uzbekistan will host 5th International Meeting on the Silk Road

To mark the beginning of a new phase in its Silk Road Program, UNWTO, in collaboration with the government of Uzbekistan, will hold the 5th International Meeting on the Silk Road on October 8-9, 2010 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The meeting will introduce … August 30, 2010
Co-op MD Mike Greenacre leads stellar line up of speakers at UNWTO Ministers Summit at World Travel Market

Co-op MD Mike Greenacre leads stellar line up of speakers at UNWTO Ministers Summit at World Travel Market

Co-operative Travel Group managing director Mike Greenacre will lead a stellar line up of private sector speakers at the annual World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel … August 26, 2010
King of Jordan meets with UNWTO secretary-general

King of Jordan meets with UNWTO secretary-general

His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, received United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, at the Royal Palace in Amman to discuss the strategic importance of the country’s tourism sector, as well as scope for … August 9, 2010
Industry gets behind World Travel Market World Responsible Tourism Day

Industry gets behind World Travel Market World Responsible Tourism Day

More companies than ever before have applied to participate in World Travel Market (WTM) World Responsible Tourism Day (WRTD) – the only global campaign, in association with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), to inspire and educate … August 5, 2010
UNWTO expresses great concern over the change of status of the Spanish Tourism Secretariat

UNWTO expresses great concern over the change of status of the Spanish Tourism Secretariat

While the decision of the Spanish government to implement a series of austerity measures to address the public deficit is fully understandable, UNWTO expressed great concern that such measures have translated into the end of a separate Secretariat for … July 26, 2010
New phase of cooperation between UNWTO and Bosnia and Herzegovina

New phase of cooperation between UNWTO and Bosnia and Herzegovina

UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, met with the chairman of the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Haris Silajdzic, to discuss tourism development in the country during an official visit (July 12-14, 2010), described as the start of a new phase … July 15, 2010
UNWTO Ministers’ Summit at WTM to issue Statement of Intent

UNWTO Ministers’ Summit at WTM to issue Statement of Intent

The fourth and largest-ever UNWTO Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market (WTM) will for the first time conclude with a Statement of Intent outlining the future direction of the travel and tourism industry. The country tourism ministers attending … July 15, 2010
UNWTO strengthening ties with Australia

UNWTO strengthening ties with Australia

The combination of a dynamic private sector and strong political support of tourism has been instrumental in the way Australia has driven tourism as a motor of socio-economic development. This was the message taken by Taleb Rifai on his first visit as … July 13, 2010
Building recovery in Thailand – UNWTO and PATA join forces to support tourism in Thailand

Building recovery in Thailand – UNWTO and PATA join forces to support tourism in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand - The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) have conveyed their strong support of Thailand and its tourism industry as the country returns to normalcy following political unrest earlier in … July 2, 2010
International tourism: recovery confirmed, but growth remains uneven

International tourism: recovery confirmed, but growth remains uneven

MADRID, Spain – International tourist arrivals grew by 7 percent in the first four months of 2010 according to the latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This growth confirms the recovery trend beginning in the last quarter of 2009 and comes … June 29, 2010
Tourism contributes to the Millennium Development Goals

Tourism contributes to the Millennium Development Goals

MADRID, Spain - With only five years left until the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations has launched the MDG Report 2010 calling for accelerated progress to reach the 2015 deadline. As the UN Specialized Agency … June 23, 2010
The framework for a stronger UNWTO focus of debate at the Executive Council

The framework for a stronger UNWTO focus of debate at the Executive Council

PUERTO IGUAZU, Argentina - Since the last meeting of the UNWTO Executive Council in October 2009, global economic prospects have improved steadily, with tourism demand also regaining momentum. Held directly following the UNWTO Commission for the Americas, … June 10, 2010
President of Uruguay highlights tourism’s role in economic growth and development in a meeting with UNWTO Secretary-General

President of Uruguay highlights tourism’s role in economic growth and development in a meeting with UNWTO Secretary-General

The President of Uruguay, HE José Mujica, has highlighted the enormous potential of the tourism sector to stimulate growth and development. Meeting during an official visit to the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo, the UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai … June 8, 2010
UNWTO: Mayors Forum goes further down the Silk Road

UNWTO: Mayors Forum goes further down the Silk Road

SHIRAZ, Iran - Hosted by the Municipality of Shiraz and the Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization, the 5th Silk Road Mayors Forum closed on May 20 with agreement on the Shiraz Declaration. “We see the Silk Road as one of the … May 25, 2010

UNWTO calls for industry solidarity with Greece

UNWTO has called for the industry to show its solidarity with Greece at this difficult moment, underlying that tourism is a key sector for the Hellenic country and can be part of the solution in the process of economic recovery. UNWTO appealed to … May 21, 2010
Tourism is a key component for sustainable development says President of the Dominican Republic at UNWTO visit

Tourism is a key component for sustainable development says President of the Dominican Republic at UNWTO visit

MADRID, Spain - The President of the Dominican Republic, HE Leonel Fernández, visited the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) headquarters where he expressed his firm belief in the social and economic contribution of tourism to sustainable … May 19, 2010
Public-private partnerships focal point of Asia Pacific meetings

Public-private partnerships focal point of Asia Pacific meetings

Hanoi, Vietnam / Madrid, Spain, May 14, 2010 - While growth is returning to international tourism, led to a large extent by Asia and the Pacific, public and private bodies in the region must continue to work together on responses to the crisis to ensure … May 14, 2010
UNWTO secretary general calls for continued regional cooperation along the Silk Road

UNWTO secretary general calls for continued regional cooperation along the Silk Road

Meeting with the President of Tajikistan, HE Emomali Rahmon, UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, underlined the importance of regional cooperation in the growth and development of national economies. Referring to the UNWTO Silk Road Project, a long-term … May 4, 2010
Tourism Emergency Response Network statement on the air traffic disruption in European airspace

Tourism Emergency Response Network statement on the air traffic disruption in European airspace

Millions of people inside and outside Europe have been affected by the current air traffic disruption in European airspace. Many travellers are stranded and airlines, airports, hotels, travel agencies and tour operators, as well as local tourism authorities … April 21, 2010
UNWTO calls for solidarity among the travel and tourism industry and urges for fair treatment of travellers

UNWTO calls for solidarity among the travel and tourism industry and urges for fair treatment of travellers

- The plume of volcanic ash drifting across Europe following the eruption of the volcano Eyjafjalla in Iceland on 14 April has determined the closure of a major part of European airports since Thursday 15 April. - According to Eurocontrol, the European … April 19, 2010
UNWTO welcomes European Union commitment to strengthen tourism in its agenda

UNWTO welcomes European Union commitment to strengthen tourism in its agenda

Highlighting the importance of tourism in today’s global and national agendas is still an ongoing challenge. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) welcomes that tourism’s proven contribution to economic growth, job creation, and sustainable … April 15, 2010
UNWTO and Andorra to partner on major Global Tourism Forum in 2011

UNWTO and Andorra to partner on major Global Tourism Forum in 2011

UNWTO and the government of the principality of Andorra have agreed to organize a leading global tourism forum during the first quarter of 2011. The announcement was made jointly by UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, and the minister of economy … April 14, 2010
UNWTO secretary general calls upon tourism sector to speak with one voice

UNWTO secretary general calls upon tourism sector to speak with one voice

Working together to ensure that global policies are supportive of the sustainable growth of tourism and position travel and tourism as one industry speaking with one voice were some of the challenges highlighted by UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, … March 9, 2010
UNWTO activities at ITB 2010: challenges for the tourism sector in a year of transformation

UNWTO activities at ITB 2010: challenges for the tourism sector in a year of transformation

2010 is expected to be a year of transformation. The challenges facing the tourism sector in a post-crisis scenario set the framework for the activities and events organized by UNWTO during this year's ITB Travel Trade Show (Berlin, Germany, March 10-14, … March 4, 2010
UNWTO welcomes the outcome of the first T.20 Ministers' Meeting in South Africa

UNWTO welcomes the outcome of the first T.20 Ministers' Meeting in South Africa

UNWTO welcomes the outcome of the First T.20 Ministers’ Meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa (February 22-24) to debate the contribution of tourism to the global agenda, in particular to the ongoing process of supporting economic recovery and … February 24, 2010
Tourism's contribution to the global agenda - UNWTO address to the T20 ministers of tourism

Tourism's contribution to the global agenda - UNWTO address to the T20 ministers of tourism

“Global challenges, such as the recent economic crisis and the climate imperatives, can only be addressed in a global cooperative manner and in fora such as the UN or the G-20,” said UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, in his opening remarks at … February 23, 2010
UNWTO secretary general releases statement on tragedy in Madeira

UNWTO secretary general releases statement on tragedy in Madeira

Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, issued the following statement regarding the tragic mudslides that occured in Madeira, Portugal, over the weekend: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that struck … February 23, 2010
UNWTO international Summit on Tourism, Sport and Mega-events

UNWTO international Summit on Tourism, Sport and Mega-events

South Africa will host the first ever UNWTO Summit on Tourism, Sport and Mega-events at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from February 24-26, 2010. This event will bring together the world's leading experts and create a platform for best … February 22, 2010
UNWTO secretary general appointed as PolyU adjunct professor

UNWTO secretary general appointed as PolyU adjunct professor

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University bestowed Adjunct Professorship on Dr. Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), on February 9 in recognition of his valuable contribution to the development of the world’s … February 10, 2010
Qatar Tourism Authority hosts UNWTO session on tourism marketing planning

Qatar Tourism Authority hosts UNWTO session on tourism marketing planning

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) will host a training workshop on tourism marketing planning from January 26 to 28, 2010 at the Millennium Hotel in Doha. The workshop is organized in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The objective … January 17, 2010
UNWTO activities at FITUR 2010

UNWTO activities at FITUR 2010

UNWTO activities will build around the challenges for global tourism in the current economic situation, without losing sight of long-term sustainability commitments outlined in the UNWTO Roadmap for Recovery. FITUR 2010 also sets the stage for two innovative … January 14, 2010
Advancing the response of tourism to climate change

Advancing the response of tourism to climate change

UNWTO has been working to raise awareness on climate change issues in the tourism sector for many years, and much has been achieved. The time is right for all those involved to forge ahead. Any further delay in action will result in consequences for the … December 16, 2009
Travel and tourism industry sets the standard on climate change

Travel and tourism industry sets the standard on climate change

Travel and tourism is one of the largest industries in the world providing a strong impetus to global economic development. In 2009, the travel and tourism economy is expected to account for 9.3 percent of global GDP and to generate over 210 million jobs, … December 16, 2009
The travel and tourism industry sets the standard on climate change

The travel and tourism industry sets the standard on climate change

Travel and tourism is one of the largest industries in the world, providing a strong impetus to global economic development. In 2009, the travel and tourism economy is expected to account for 9.3 percent of the global GDP and to generate over 210 million … December 11, 2009
UNWTO and CNN International join forces

UNWTO and CNN International join forces

UNWTO and CNN International are moving ahead with their strategic partnership signed last month between the organization and CNN Tourism, Advertising Solutions, and Knowledge (TASK). The partnership sees UNWTO and TASK collaborate on industry events to … December 10, 2009
5th Exceltur tourism leadership forum presented as prime opportunity to debate new keys for tourism's future

5th Exceltur tourism leadership forum presented as prime opportunity to debate new keys for tourism's future

Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and Sebastián Escarrer, chairman of Exceltur and vice president of Sol Meliá, presented today in Madrid the fifth edition of the EXCELTUR Tourism Leadership Forum, which the two … December 3, 2009
UNWTO: tourism leaders call for supportive global policies

UNWTO: tourism leaders call for supportive global policies

Around 80 tourism ministers meeting at the UNWTO Ministers' Summit (November 10 at World Travel Market, London) called for global policies that are supportive of the travel and tourism industry. Ministers recalled that tourism is one of the world¹s top … November 11, 2009
Confidence in tourism sector gradually picking up

Confidence in tourism sector gradually picking up

The decline in international tourism may have started to bottom out, according to the latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Worldwide, international tourist arrivals declined by 7 percent between January and August 2009, but the rate of … November 6, 2009
CNN International’s TASK Group and UNWTO strike exclusive global partnership

CNN International’s TASK Group and UNWTO strike exclusive global partnership

CNN International today announced the formation of a global strategic partnership between the CNN Tourism, Advertising Solutions, and Knowledge (TASK) Group and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The partnership sees TASK and the UNWTO … November 2, 2009
South Africa to host UNWTO inaugural summit on tourism, sport, and mega-events in 2010

South Africa to host UNWTO inaugural summit on tourism, sport, and mega-events in 2010

At a global level, the Travel & Tourism (T&T) sector has emerged as one of the 21st century’s critical drivers of economic growth, job creation, and development of communities, regions, and nations. The "Tourism Economy," a vital source of employment, … October 30, 2009
Call for sustainable tourism as an instrument of peace and human understanding

Call for sustainable tourism as an instrument of peace and human understanding

"Tourism has become the best incentive for all economic and social policies," said HE Michel Sleiman, President of the Lebanese Republic during his first visit to the UNWTO headquarters. He stressed the importance of UNWTO to "contribute more in highlighting … October 20, 2009
Call to world leaders to include tourism sector in economic, stimulus actions

Call to world leaders to include tourism sector in economic, stimulus actions

The 18th session of the UNWTO General Assembly concluded with unanimous endorsement of a Roadmap for Recovery to mainstream travel and tourism into economic stimulus packages being considered by global leaders. It underscored the enormous importance of … October 8, 2009
Saudi Arabia participates in the 18th meeting of UNWTO in Kazakhstan

Saudi Arabia participates in the 18th meeting of UNWTO in Kazakhstan

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will participate in the 18th session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Kazakastan. The meeting will be held today on Sunday, October 4, 2009 in the Independence Palace in Astana, the capital … October 4, 2009
5th Tourism Leadership Forum

5th Tourism Leadership Forum

To mark the fifth anniversary of the Tourism Leadership Forums held by EXCELTUR every two years, UNWTO is pleased to announce that as a result of the recent agreement between the UNWTO and EXCELTUR, "Alianza para la Excelencia Turística," the next forum … October 1, 2009
Gearing up for UNWTO General Assembly

Gearing up for UNWTO General Assembly

In the midst of economic, climate, social, and health challenges, the 18th session of the UNWTO General Assembly will convene in Astana, Kazakhstan from October 5-8. UNWTO itself is also undergoing significant changes with the election of a new Secretary-General … September 30, 2009
International conference to call for information to support tourism enterprises at the regional level

International conference to call for information to support tourism enterprises at the regional level

Understanding the economic contribution of tourism at the regional level is essential for more efficient destination management and the effective positioning of tourism. The 1st International Conference on the Measurement and Economic Analysis of Regional … September 29, 2009
Travel and tourism: unity through diversity in the age of globalization

Travel and tourism: unity through diversity in the age of globalization

Tourism’s role in preserving diversity and fostering international understanding were at the center of this year’s World Tourism Day Think Tank debates around the 2009 theme “Tourism – Celebrating Diversity.” The Think Tank was the climax of … September 28, 2009
World Tourism Day 2009:

World Tourism Day 2009: "Tourism – Celebrating Diversity"

World Tourism Day, celebrated annually on September 27, will be taking place this year in Accra, Ghana. As part of the official celebrations, UNWTO will collaborate with the host country to organize a Think Tank around the 2009 theme "Tourism: Celebrating … September 24, 2009
Support tourism, support your economy

Support tourism, support your economy

As world leaders meet to discuss a sustainable way out of the current economic crisis, many governments and decision makers still have some way to go before they recognize tourism as a sector which can be a relevant factor of the economic recovery. Raising … September 23, 2009
Weathering the storm of global recession: the challenge for destination management

Weathering the storm of global recession: the challenge for destination management

Analyzing the main challenges for tourism destinations in the face of the global economic downturn was the main objective of the 5th International Conference on Destination Management (Hangzhou, China, September 21-22). The conference, "Weathering the … September 22, 2009
Key events mark UNWTO agenda for the remainder of the year

Key events mark UNWTO agenda for the remainder of the year

With World Tourism Day (Accra, Ghana), the UNWTO General Assembly (Astana, Kazakhstan) and the annual Minister's Summit (London, UK) all planned for the remainder of this year, it promises to be a busy few months for UNWTO. These key events will take … September 16, 2009
Greening the global economy through sustainable tourism

Greening the global economy through sustainable tourism

With climate change and the global recession driving the current international political agenda, both politicians and businesses are increasingly drawn towards the idea of a global green economy. The tourism sector is at the frontline of these key … August 11, 2009
5th UNWTO International Conference on Destination Management

5th UNWTO International Conference on Destination Management

This conference brings together representatives from the National Tourism Administrations, regional and local tourism destinations, the industry, and the academia from different parts of the world. The conference will address the challenge for destination … July 30, 2009
Jakarta tourism recovering rapidly after terror attacks, UNWTO says

Jakarta tourism recovering rapidly after terror attacks, UNWTO says

The United Nations World Tourism Organization has said that the tragic bomb attacks that took place on July 17, 2009 have undeniably shocked Jakarta and the entire country. However, there is good news on the tourism from. According to the latest … July 23, 2009
Testing times for international tourism

Testing times for international tourism

According to the June edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourism declined by 8 percent between January and April compared to the same period last year. Destinations worldwide recorded a total of 247 million international tourist … July 2, 2009
UN speaking as one ­- supporting the transformation to a green economy

UN speaking as one ­- supporting the transformation to a green economy

Ahead of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark (December 2009), UNWTO has joined several UN agencies to release an Interagency Statement of the United Nations System: "Green Economy: A Transformation to Address Multiple Crises." This … June 29, 2009
New UNWTO secretary-general a.i. to join panel for Tourism Society debate

New UNWTO secretary-general a.i. to join panel for Tourism Society debate

The Tourism Society is delighted to announce that UNWTO secretary-general ad interim, Taleb Rifai, will be joining the panel for the "Tourism Society and UNWTO" debate on July 14, 2009 at the Royal College of Physicians, London. Mr. Rifai will be joined … June 18, 2009
Third annual online photo competition at UNWTO.ORG/WTD

Third annual online photo competition at UNWTO.ORG/WTD

UNWTO is excited to announce its third annual online photo competition to commemorate World Tourism Day 2009 under the theme, Tourism: Celebrating Diversity, hosted in Ghana, on September 27, 2009. The global online photo competition is open to all … June 17, 2009
World Tourism Day 2009 - tourism celebrating diversity

World Tourism Day 2009 - tourism celebrating diversity

World Tourism Day will commemorate on September 27, 2009 its 30th anniversary in Ghana under the theme "Tourism - Celebrating Diversity." Other than adding perspective to the role of globalization in balancing tourism influx and environmental and cultural … June 11, 2009
World Tourism in Face of the Global Economic Crisis and Influenza Threat

World Tourism in Face of the Global Economic Crisis and Influenza Threat

International tourism demand has deteriorated further due to the impact of the global economic recession. International tourist arrivals declined at a rate of 8 percent between January and February this year, leaving the overall volume at the same level … May 12, 2009
China can lead tourism's support of the G20 program

China can lead tourism's support of the G20 program

Tourism and travel can support the G20 stimulation programs. It creates jobs, boosts development, and promotes open, two-way trade. It can also play a part in the transformation towards a new green economy. China’s vibrant tourism sector can become … April 22, 2009

Tourism: an engine for employment creation and economic stimulus

The tourism industry continues to be amongst the most dynamic economic sectors, generating a wide range of benefits including a growing contribution to GDP, in some cases over 10 percent, and substantial foreign exchange earnings. Tourism as a reliable … April 7, 2009
European tourism active against the economic crisis

European tourism active against the economic crisis

Tourism is proving to be one of the most resilient sectors and can be a strategic vector in the way forward, as global economic conditions continue to deteriorate. This is among the main conclusions of UNWTO's European member states meeting held in Baku, … April 1, 2009
2009 UNWTO Ulysses Prize and Awards nomination process open

2009 UNWTO Ulysses Prize and Awards nomination process open

The UNWTO is opening the nomination process for the 2009 UNWTO Ulysses Prize and Awards and invites all interested parties to submit nominations and applications as soon as possible. The deadline for the receipt of entries for the UNWTO Ulysses Awards … April 1, 2009
Placing tourism in global stimulus packages and the green economy

Placing tourism in global stimulus packages and the green economy

LONDON, UK - As a result of the challenges posed by the global economic crisis and the upcoming G20 meeting in London, UNWTO has stressed that tourism and travel can play an integral role in any stimulus package and the shift towards a green economy. … March 30, 2009
UNWTO calls on tourism stakeholders to join

UNWTO calls on tourism stakeholders to join "Roadmap for Recovery"

In opening this year's ITB Travel Trade Show (March 11-15, Berlin), Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General ad interim, underscored that "tourism means trade, jobs, development, cultural sustainability, peace, and the fulfilment of human aspirations. If ever there … March 11, 2009
Tourism confronting the economic downturn

Tourism confronting the economic downturn

The tourism industry can play a relevant post-crisis role. The sector has been negatively affected by the economic downturn and in all likelihood will continue to be in the short to medium term. This is not, however, the first time that tourism has suffered … March 5, 2009
Tourism can play a key role in stimulus programs

Tourism can play a key role in stimulus programs

MADRID ­- UNWTO's Tourism Resilience Committee (TRC) met today for the first time in Madrid. The recently established TRC is one of the responses of the organization to provide the sector, and its members in particular, with the necessary support to … January 28, 2009
International tourism challenged by deteriorating world economy

International tourism challenged by deteriorating world economy

In 2008, international tourist arrivals reached 924 million, up 16 million over 2007, representing a growth of 2 percent. Tourism demand slowed significantly through the year under the influence of an extremely volatile world economy (financial crisis, … January 27, 2009
UNWTO calls on tourism leaders to join the green economy

UNWTO calls on tourism leaders to join the green economy

NEW YORK, USA / MADRID, Spain - Despite the evolving global recession, there is a real opportunity if world leaders succeed in aligning short-term response to the economic meltdown; medium-term response to the development agenda; and long-term response … January 26, 2009
UNWTO activities at FITUR 2009

UNWTO activities at FITUR 2009

MADRID, Spain -­ Providing the tourism sector with the necessary tools to help overcome the current economic situation is among UNWTO's increased response efforts. Short-term economic goals must be aligned with long-term commitments to sustainable development, … January 16, 2009
Tourism will be a key factor in the global drive out of recession

Tourism will be a key factor in the global drive out of recession

GUILIN, China / MADRID, Spain -­ Tourism is facing increasingly difficult conditions as the global economy deteriorates and Asia and the Pacific, one of fastest-growing tourism regions in the world, is also strongly feeling the impact of the global slowdown. … December 22, 2008
Poznan Climate Change Conference: tourism must be part of common climate solutions

Poznan Climate Change Conference: tourism must be part of common climate solutions

POZNAN, Poland / MADRID, Spain - The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland (December 1-12, 2008) http://unfccc.int/meetings/cop_14/items/4481.php ended successfully with a clear commitment from governments to shift into full negotiating … December 17, 2008
UNWTO and UNDP launch the UN Silk Road City Awards

UNWTO and UNDP launch the UN Silk Road City Awards

MADRID, Spain - UNWTO and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have formally launched the UN Silk Road City Awards Scheme within the framework of the Silk Road Initiative (SRI), which is to be implemented in the coming months. The key aims of … December 12, 2008
UNWTO secretary general speaks at PolyU

UNWTO secretary general speaks at PolyU

Mr. Francesco Frangialli, secretary general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) gave a public lecture on the prospects of the hospitality industry amidst the current global financial crisis on November 26 at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University … December 3, 2008
Tourism will experience downturn over the next six months

Tourism will experience downturn over the next six months

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt / MADRID, Spain – In the face of the global economic downturn, international tourism will experience less and probably negative growth over the next six to nine months, alongside all major economic sectors. The challenges posed … December 1, 2008
Revitalizing tourism and confronting crises

Revitalizing tourism and confronting crises

CHENGDU, China/ MADRID, Spain - Tourism stakeholders’ preparedness and effective and accurate communication are among the key factors to substantially mitigate potential negative impacts of crises on tourism. Effective crisis preparation was addressed … November 28, 2008
UNWTO condemns attacks in Mumbai - offers full support and solidarity to India

UNWTO condemns attacks in Mumbai - offers full support and solidarity to India

MADRID, Spain – UNWTO secretary-general Francesco Frangialli has condemned the series of deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India’s commercial capital and largest city. “Please accept my condolences for the dastardly attacks in Mumbai and for … November 27, 2008
UNWTO Future Vision:  Tourism Towards 2030

UNWTO Future Vision: Tourism Towards 2030

MADRID, Spain – UNWTO launches its new long-term research program UNWTO Future Vision: Tourism Towards 2030. The study will forecast international tourism growth through the year 2030 and identify key actual and future trends and their impact on tourism … November 20, 2008
Climate change and tourism - Sri Lanka’s gift in song debuts to a world audience

Climate change and tourism - Sri Lanka’s gift in song debuts to a world audience

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ministers’ Summit, held during the World Travel Market (WTM) in London last week saw an exciting opening with Sri Lanka Tourism contributing a song/DVD "A land like no other; A Tourism EarthLung" … November 20, 2008
Responding to economic downtown, UNWTO launches

Responding to economic downtown, UNWTO launches "Tourism Resilience Committee"

LONDON, UK – A new UNWTO Resilience Committee was announced at a Tourism Ministers Summit held to consider how to respond to the turbulent economy and stay on course with the climate and poverty agenda. Government and private sector representatives … November 12, 2008
Slowdown in tourism growth reflects current uncertainties

Slowdown in tourism growth reflects current uncertainties

LONDON, UK/MADRID, Spain -­ The latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer confirms the rapid slowdown of international tourism growth since mid-2008, reflecting the impact of rising oil prices at the beginning of the year and the deterioration … November 10, 2008
Protect children from exploitation in travel and tourism

Protect children from exploitation in travel and tourism

MADRID - As tourism and international travel across the globe reaches unprecedented levels, so does the need to combat child labor and sexual exploitation in the global travel industry - that is why the United Nations body for tourism is taking action … November 7, 2008
Tourism and financial crisis - 84th session of the Executive Council of UNWTO

Tourism and financial crisis - 84th session of the Executive Council of UNWTO

MADRID - UNWTO's Executive Council met in Madrid from October 14-15 and agreed to create a "Resilience Committee" to support its members with accurate economic analysis and response mechanisms. The tourism sector is already suffering from reduced consumer … October 16, 2008
Historic UNWTO Ministers' Summit at WTM

Historic UNWTO Ministers' Summit at WTM

More than 100 government Tourism Ministers and senior aides will meet at World Travel Market this year to examine the impact of the current economic meltdown. They will look at its impact on the pressing global industry issues of poverty reduction, sustainability … October 9, 2008
Tourism will grow smartly - World Tourism Day 2008 Think Tank

Tourism will grow smartly - World Tourism Day 2008 Think Tank

MADRID/LIMA, Peru – Tourism growth must be pursued with increasing emphasis on ethics and local community involvement, as well as reducing carbon emissions systematically. This is the main conclusion of this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) Think Tank … October 3, 2008
Tourism responding to the challenge of climate change

Tourism responding to the challenge of climate change

LIMA, Peru - World Tourism Day (September 27, 2008) - TOURpact.GC was launched by the UN Global Compact and UNWTO, on the occasion of the official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations in Lima, Peru. It was welcomed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon … September 27, 2008
III international Conference on Tourism and Handcrafts

III international Conference on Tourism and Handcrafts

MADRID/LIMA, Peru (September 25, 2008) - The synergies between tourism and handcrafts must be fully recognized and developed to become economic opportunities for local artisans, tourism competitiveness and promotion of host destinations. Handcrafts, tourism … September 26, 2008
UNWTO welcomes Norway as a new member state

UNWTO welcomes Norway as a new member state

MADRID (September 23, 2008) - UNWTO is pleased to welcome the Kingdom of Norway as its 154th Member State, representing the 45th Member State within UNWTO's Regional Commission for Europe. The Membership in UNWTO is part of Norway's national strategy … September 23, 2008
Facing competitiveness with destination management and marketing

Facing competitiveness with destination management and marketing

MADRID/BRODEAUX, France (September 17, 2008) -­ Constantly increasing global tourism competition in tourism has contributed to underscore the increasingly relevant role of destinations. Attractions, resorts, a city or a region are gaining relevance as … September 17, 2008
Responding to the economic downturn and staying on course with the climate and poverty reduction agenda

Responding to the economic downturn and staying on course with the climate and poverty reduction agenda

The second annual United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ministers' Summit will take place on Tuesday November 11, 2008 at World Travel Market (WTM) at ExCeL London. All eyes will be on WTM in London as Ministers seek to address the pressing … July 17, 2008
First 2008 results from UNWTO show firm tourism demand

First 2008 results from UNWTO show firm tourism demand

ADVANCED RESULTS FROM THE UNWTO WORLD TOURISM BAROMETER JUNE 2008* International tourism grew at around 5% during the first four months of the year - one percentage point above the long-term trend.* All subregions had positive results - fastest growth … July 2, 2008
“Youth Travel Matters: Understanding The Global Phenomenon of Youth Travel”

“Youth Travel Matters: Understanding The Global Phenomenon of Youth Travel”

Youth Travel represents around 20% of all international arrivals and is one of the tourism industry’s fastest growing sectors. The average expenditure per trip has increased by 40% among young travellers. As a result, 80% of them return home more … May 21, 2008
UNWTO to UNCTAD Conference:

UNWTO to UNCTAD Conference: "More Support for Sustainable Tourism Needed"

Tourism offers the only sustainable development opportunity to many developing and least developed countries. Consequently, UNWTO advocates the reinforcement of this sector’s role in assistance programmes and projects by mainstreaming tourism into general … April 23, 2008
Supporting Tourism  Recovery in Africa

Supporting Tourism Recovery in Africa

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) SUPPORTING TOURISM RECOVERY IN AFRICA Starting on 20 April, UNWTO Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli will visit Mauritania, Côte d'Ivoire and Kenya, underscoring the Organization’s support of their tourism … April 17, 2008
Developing countries lead dynamic world tourism growth

Developing countries lead dynamic world tourism growth

International tourist arrivals exceeded 6% growth in 2007 on the back of strong global economic growth. Developing countries grew by 8%. These figures again underscore UNWTO’s long held view that sustainable tourism can play a major role in helping … March 6, 2008
World Tourism Organization responding to the challenge of climate change

World Tourism Organization responding to the challenge of climate change

* Climate Change is a universal challenge * The tourism community has agreed to respond * Climate response must integrate poverty solutions The conference “Tourism – Responding to Climate and Poverty Imperatives”, held in the context … March 6, 2008
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) acting on climate and poverty imperatives

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) acting on climate and poverty imperatives

The tourism sector has the potential to act effectively on the evolving common agenda of climate change  response and the fight against poverty. UNWTO put forward this message  during the thematic debate "Addressing Climate Change: The United Nations … February 14, 2008
Finland has joined the six original selected countries participating in the global meetings initiative

Finland has joined the six original selected countries participating in the global meetings initiative

Finland has joined the six original selected countries participating in the global meetings initiative to help establish a framework for measuring the economic importance of the meetings industry worldwide. Australia, Austria, Canada, Mexico, South … February 12, 2008
World   tourism exceeds expectations in 2007

World tourism exceeds expectations in 2007

The year 2007 exceeded the expectations for international tourism with arrivals reaching new record figures close to 900 million. The results confirm both the sustained growth path of the past years and the resilience of the sector regarding external … January 29, 2008

UNWTO Activities during Fitur Travel Fair (Madrid, January 30 –February 1)

During Fitur 2008, UNWTO will hold three major events and participate in several meetings and activities. Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli will participate at the Official Opening Ceremony presided by their Majesties, the King and Queen of Spain, … January 25, 2008
EnCirca Offers Incentive to Consolidate Domain Names

EnCirca Offers Incentive to Consolidate Domain Names

-Tourism organizations utilize multiple domain names for marketing Tourism companies are accumulating multiple domain names for their online marketing, including extensions as, .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .pro, .travel, .mobi, .eu, and .asia. … January 22, 2008
Tourism Can Help in Global Action on Climate Change and Poverty

Tourism Can Help in Global Action on Climate Change and Poverty

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, Francesco Frangialli, addressing the UN Climate Change Conference committed the sector to the common cause of climate change response, linking it closely with the fight against poverty. “We … December 13, 2007
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Declares Colombia ‘Hospitable’ and ‘Joyful’

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Declares Colombia ‘Hospitable’ and ‘Joyful’

The United Nations World Tourism Organization has just ended its seventeenth General Assembly in the Colombian coastal city of Cartagena. 700 Participants from 120 countries, 56 Affiliate Members and 20 international organizations and close to 200 registered … December 7, 2007
2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND TOURISM

2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND TOURISM

Davos, 1 October 2007 - More than 600 participants from over 100 countries and 20 international organizations are at the 2nd International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism in Davos, Switzerland which opened this Monday. Organized by UNWTO together … October 1, 2007

UNWTO DAVOS CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND TOURISM

Madrid, 14 August 2007 – UNWTO is asking all participants of the 2nd International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism (Davos, Switzerland, 1-3 October 2007) to register with carbon offsetting organizations. Carbon offsetting mitigates greenhouse … August 14, 2007

UNWTO and PolyU Jointly Published Special Report on Development of Low-Cost Carriers in Asia and the Pacific

In an effort to address the emerging trends in Asia and the Pacific and better equip NTAs, NTOs and other industry stakeholders with the right strategies, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is publishing an annual report on the Mega-Trends … August 9, 2007

Tourism can contribute to UN’s solutions to Climate Change

New York/Madrid, 2 August 2007 The United Nations General Assembly meeting this week and the high-level meeting coming up when the new Assembly session starts in September are critically important in the development of a global position on climate change. … August 2, 2007

TOURISM SECTOR STRENGTHENS DEFENCES AGAINST AVIAN FLU - SUCCESSFUL UNWTO SIMULATION EXERCISE IN INDONESIA

Jakarta/Madrid, 31 July 2007 - The second UNWTO regional Avian and Human Influenza Simulation (AHI) was actively supported by the government of Indonesia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It attracted 70 participants from more than … July 31, 2007

Young university experts from 17 countries pursue studies to help support the developing world

Young university experts from 17 countries pursue studies to help support the developing world Madrid, 24 July 2007 - UNWTO has successfully completed the first university course on Tourism and International Cooperation for Development. The university … July 26, 2007

CLIMATE CHANGE AND TOURISM SUMMIT

Madrid, 17 July 2007 – UNWTO will hold the Second International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism in Davos, Switzerland, from 1-3 October 2007. The Conference is organized together with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and supported … July 17, 2007

WORLD TOURISM CONFERENCE ON MARKETING INNOVATION

Madrid 4 May 2007 – UNWTO is pleased to announce the joint organization of a World Tourism Conference with the Government of Malaysia to look specifically at the best ways to market tourism destinations. ‘Tourism Success Stories and Shooting … May 4, 2007

UNWTO AND INDUSA GLOBAL AGREEMENT STRENGTHENING SECURITY AND FACILITATION BY E-TOURISM

Madrid 12 April 2007 – UNWTO has signed a collaboration agreement with data management and e-security specialist Indusa Global to advance the application of Information and Communication Technology for the sustainable development of the Tourism … April 12, 2007



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