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´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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 (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
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
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 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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tourism businesses and destinations are committed to the sustainable energy agenda but need the support of the energy sector and governments to move forward, said leading experts from the aviation, accommodation, and other tourism industries meeting in … September 29, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 will be sending a delegation at the 19th session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization to be held in Gyeongju, South Korea, from October 8-14, 2011. The Seychelles delegation will be headed by Alain St.Ange, CEO of Seychelles … October 6, 2011
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
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
International tourism grew by almost 5% in the first half of 2011, totalling a new record of 440 million arrivals. Results confirm that, in spite of multiple challenges, international tourism continues to consolidate the return to growth initiated in … September 8, 2011
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
Following three years of testing and extensive research, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and its partners have launched an online tool to help hotels evaluate their energy consumption and assist in improving their energy management and cutting … August 30, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
Few will ever manage to scale the towering heights of Mount Everest - the summit of the world. Even fewer will fail five times... and come back for more.But that’s just what Gavin Bate, Managing Director of Adventure Alternative, who finally got to … July 6, 2011
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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 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
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
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 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
Tourism is one of the top three sources of export earnings for nearly half of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and is a priority sector for their further integration in the global economy. The contribution of tourism in advancing development was addressed … May 12, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
The Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), TalebRifai, and the President of the Banesto Foundation, AntonioBasagoiti, today presented the cooperation agreement signed by the two organizations at UNWTO headquarters in Madrid.
UNWTO … March 29, 2011
Experts from the private sector, opinion leaders, and government representatives from within and outside the tourism sector will examine the state of global tourism at the upcoming Global Tourism Forum Andorra 2011 (Andorra la Vella, Andorra, March 6-7, … March 1, 2011
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
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
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
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 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 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
International tourism recovered strongly in 2010 according to the advance release of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer. International tourist arrivals were up by almost 7% to 935 million, following the 4% decline in 2009 … January 17, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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 (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
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
“Youth Travel Matters: Understanding the Global Phenomenon of Youth Travel”
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This global overview of the youth and student travel … May 15, 2008
UNWTO supports Algeria’s tourism sector as a contributor to the countries’ socio-economic development. Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli delivered an opening speech at the First National and International Tourism Conference held in the … February 14, 2008
Supported by the generous donation from world-renowned hotelier Mr Robert H. Burns, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will establish the Robert H. Burns Scholarship to encourage outstanding students to study in the bachelor’s and master’s … January 25, 2008
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
In an unprecedented event in the nation's tourism history, El Salvador has been invited to sit on the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), the world's leading tourism entity, and has been named one of the two Vice-Chairs of WTO's … November 28, 2007
Madrid 4 May 2007 â€“ 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. â€˜Tourism Success Stories and Shooting … May 4, 2007