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Orphanage voluntourism:  Responsible tourism gone wrong

Tourism Abuse Orphanage voluntourism:  Responsible tourism gone wrong

By Nelson Alcantara, eTN editor-in-chief

Responsible tourism has an ugly side and you could very well be unknowingly feeding it. Picture this: You find yourself in a Third World country and you feel compelled to give something ...

The “big daddy” of tourism organizations speaks

eTN 2.0: Tourism Leaders The “big daddy” of tourism organizations speaks

By Nelson Alcantara, eTN editor-in-chief

The global travel and tourism industry cannot contend that Geoffrey Lipman is an industry luminary who has held key positions in some of the biggest trade organizations today.

Conferencing with UNWTO, WTTC and JATA

Who Did It Best? Conferencing with UNWTO, WTTC and JATA

By Nelson Alcantara, eTN editor-in-chief

Covering three major global travel and tourism industry events in the span of three weeks took most of my August and September.

Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General sends his condolences to the Kenyan people

KTB issues reassurance to tourism trade Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General sends his condolences to the Kenyan people

By Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Correspondent, Africa

The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has just availed a message of condolences sent to them by UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai.

Egypt:  Arab Spring gone wrong?

Tourism Resilience Egypt: Arab Spring gone wrong?

By Nelson Alcantara, editor-in-chief

Since 2011, Egypt has had various transformations and through the process, the beleaguered country’s travel and tourism industry has done its best to stay resilient.

Only in Zambia: Bungee-twirl

eTN Destinations Only in Zambia: Bungee-twirl

By Nelson Alcantara, eTN editor-in-chief

On the sidelines of the historic and recently held 20th edition of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s General Assembly, the Zambia Tourism Board had commissioned eTN to cover the ...

UNWTO: Twentieth General Assembly in pictures

Zambia Tourism UNWTO: Twentieth General Assembly in pictures

By Nelson Alcantara, editor-in-chief, eTN

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia (eTN) - The Zambia Tourism Board commissioned eTN to cover the 20th General Assembly by the United Nations World Tourism Organization on their behalf.

UNWTO members select Medellin to host next General Assembly

World Tourism Events UNWTO members select Medellin to host next General Assembly

By Nelson Alcantra, editor-in-chief, eTN

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia (eTN) - The heads and/or representatives of delegations from member states of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have selected Medellin, Colombia, to host ...

Taleb Rifai re-elected as UNWTO Secretary General

United Nations Tourism Taleb Rifai re-elected as UNWTO Secretary General

By Nelson Alcantara, editor-in-chief, eTN

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia (eTN) - Taleb Rifai was the lone candidate for the position of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General, and by the organization's rules and ...

UNWTO's Twentieth General Assembly "unlike" any other in history

Unique Travel Events UNWTO's Twentieth General Assembly "unlike" any other in history

By Nelson Alcantara, editor-in-chief, eTN

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia (eTN) - This is the best-attended General Assembly in the history of the United Nations World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO), said Taleb Rifai when he addressed the media at the ...

San Marino appoints Commissioner General to Milan World Expo 2015

Tourism Jobs San Marino appoints Commissioner General to Milan World Expo 2015

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia (eTN) - Mauro Maiani has been appointed as Commissioner General of San Marino to the Milan World Expo 2015, it was announced at the ongoing United Nations World Tourism ...

UNWTO opening speech by President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe

UNWTO opening speech by President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe

VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (eTN) - The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly was declared open Sunday night by President R.G. Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

UNWTO to work with Arab countries on promotion of sustainable tourism

World Tourism Organization and Casa Arabe sign MOU UNWTO to work with Arab countries on promotion of sustainable tourism

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 ...

Libya draws up action plan for sustainable tourism development

UNWTO helps with rebuilding Libya draws up action plan for sustainable tourism development

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, ...

Kenya Tourism Federation lost UNWTO affiliate status

Relevant to East Africa Tourism Kenya Tourism Federation lost UNWTO affiliate status

By Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Correspondent, Africa

(eTN) - Kenya’s tourism association apex body, the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF), has lost their status as a UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) affiliate body, reportedly as a result of a ...

Tourism and water: protecting our common future

World Tourism Day Tourism and water: protecting our common future

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 ...

UNWTO accepting nominations for Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

UN World tourism Organization UNWTO accepting nominations for Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

UNWTO is inviting submissions for the 2013 Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, which acknowledge the achievements of exceptional leadership in the sector.

Up-close and personal with Taleb Rifai

UNWTO Leadership Up-close and personal with Taleb Rifai

By Nelson Alcantara, eTN editor-in-chief


Since taking office as the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) secretary-general in May 2009, Taleb Rifai has been on a perpetual move, traipsing the globe from one travel and ...

UAE tops Middle East with $10 billion in tourism receipts

UAE tourism UAE tops Middle East with $10 billion in tourism receipts

The UAE has topped the Middle East region for international tourism receipts in 2012, according to data released by the UN’s World Tourism Organisation.

International tourism receipts grew by 4 percent in 2012

Receipts reach USD1,075 billion 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.

After 35-year absence, Trinidad and Tobago rejoins UNWTO

UN World tourism organization membership After 35-year absence, Trinidad and Tobago rejoins UNWTO

“We are very happy to welcome Trinidad and Tobago back into the organization, a country which was in fact a founding member of UNWTO as it pertained to the International Union of Official Travel ...

Seychelles Tourism Minister speaks at UNWTO & Ministerial Forum at Arabian Travel Market

Meeting focuses on long-term aviation and tourism-sector growth Seychelles Tourism Minister speaks at UNWTO & Ministerial Forum at Arabian Travel Market

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 ...

Reunion Tourism and UNWTO set meeting to develop island tourism

also serves to strengthen synergy and cooperation of the Vanilla Islands Reunion Tourism and UNWTO set meeting to develop island tourism

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.

Long-term aviation and tourism sector growth discussed at UNWTO & Ministerial Forum

Forum takes place at Arabian Travel Market Long-term aviation and tourism sector growth discussed at UNWTO & Ministerial Forum

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 ...

After 26 years, UAE re-joins UNWTO

increasing regional tourism cooperation After 26 years, UAE re-joins UNWTO

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.

Computer visitor economy endorsed by PATA

Pacific Asia Travel Association Computer visitor economy endorsed by PATA

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 ...

Consolidating the competitiveness of Morocco as a tourism destination

new accommodation classification system Consolidating the competitiveness of Morocco as a tourism destination

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 ...

Zimbabwe and Zambia to co-host World Tourism Organization General Assembly

UN World Tourism Organization meeting Zimbabwe and Zambia to co-host World Tourism Organization General Assembly

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 ...

UFTAA and UNWTO strengthen tourism collaboration

World Federation of Travel Agents and World Tourism Organization join forces UFTAA and UNWTO strengthen tourism collaboration

By Mario Masciullo, eTN Italy

(eTN) ITALY - For the first time in the last 10 years, Mario Bevacqua, President of UFTAA, the World Federation of Travel Agents and Tour Operators, and Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNWTO ...

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