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World Heritage site status of Zanzibar’s Stone Town under scrutiny

The status of Zanzibar’s ancient Stone Town as a cultural World Heritage site (WHS), accorded in 2000 by UNESCO, will be coming under scrutiny in the run-up to the next UNESCO General Assembly sched

Zambia re-affirms dedication to “peace”

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia (eTN) - Some hundreds or so dignitaries and spectators alike gathered at 11am on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the designated “Peace Park” area in Mosi-Oa-Tunya Falls (more pop

Mt. Batur Geopark in Bali now included in UNESCO Global Geopark...

The 11th European Geopark Conference held in Arouca, Portugal, from September 19-21 has agreed to recognize the exotic island of Bali’s volcanic area around Mt.

Mediterranean diet in the spotlight at World Heritage Tourism Expo

ITALY (eTN) - The World Heritage Tourism Expo (WTE) 2012 will come alive this year as it hosts the first edition of the “World of the Mediterranean Diet.” Event innovations include the change in l

UNESCO Award of Excellence 2012 for Wae Rebo’s Mbaru Niang traditional...

Mbaru Niang, the traditional house in the village of Wae Rebo on the island of Flores, East Nusatenggara province, has received UNESCO’s top award – the Award of Excellence - among the 2012 Asia P

More lodges for the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park in Zambia

ZAMBIA (eTN) - During the week, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Given Lubinda, announced that seven sites within the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park were up for grabs by investors to construct new hot

Tanzanian tourism industry worried

(eTN) - Within days of news breaking that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has approved the Tanzanian government’s request to carve out a 200-square-kilometer part of the world’s largest game r

UNESCO accepting entries for Culture Travel Award

ASSISI, Italy - UNESCO cultural and natural heritage sites all over the world symbolize culture, travel, and human evolution.

Rwandan genocide memorial sites hope to gain UNESCO World Heritage status

(eTN) - Rwanda plans to submit four genocide memorial sites into the coveted list of UNESCO World Heritage sites as part of a tentative list.

Bahrain: Arabia’s culture capital 2012

BAHRAIN (eTN) - When I traveled to Bahrain last month to attend the Bahrain International Air Show 2012, a bi-annual event which brings the world of aviation to the kingdom, there was, thankfully, tim

Lisbon wins European City of the Year 2012 and UNESCO award...

And the winner is.........Lisbon!The Academy of Urbanisn confirms Lisbon as winner - The European City of the Year 2012.

Halong Bay turns into one of the New7Wonders of Nature

(eTN) - Asia is the definitive winner of the contest organized by the New7Wonders of Nature. Provisional results were announced on November 11 in Zurich.

Botswana applies for World Heritage Status for the Okavango Delta

The Minister for Tourism, Kitso Mokaila, announced during the week that the Botswana government is consulting with communities surrounding the Okavango Delta in order to get their support for an appli

La bohème inspirits Sydney Opera House

The quintessential visit to Oz requires a romantic night out at the opera – specifically within the amazing performing arts center built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the UNESCO world heritage si

Tanzania launches its own World Heritage Committee

(eTN) - The Tanzania Minister for Education and Vocational Training, and notably not the Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, earlier this week launched a 7-member national "World Heritage Commi

UN honors three humanist poets – Tagore, Neruda and Césaire

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched a programme honouring Rabindrânâth Tagore, Pablo Neruda and Aimé Césaire, three poets who, each in his

UNESCO issues challenge over Selous Game Reserve

(eTN) - One of Tanzania’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Selous Game Reserve, may be declared a "World Heritage Site in Danger," should the Tanzanian government continue to recklessly pursue plans

Reykjavik earns UN distinction as a City of Literature

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, as a “City of Literature” in recognition of its efforts to preserve,

Italian Responsible Travel Award

ITALY - With the UNESCO Cities and Sites World Tourism Expo, “We want to promote slow, emotional, and sustainable travel to create a heritage of memories and a passport to peace, and the TRI award f

Tanzania tourism minister calls UNESCO World Heritage Committee an insignificant entity

(eTN) - The utterances of politicians in East Africa are legendary and legion, but the Tanzanian Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ezekiel Maige, outdid himself when calling the UNESCO World

Jazzman Herbie Hancock named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will designate United States jazz musician Herbie Hancock as a Goodwill Ambassador later this month, the agency announced

Kempinski to push ahead with Zanzibar Stone Town plans

(eTN) - It was learned from a source in Dar es Salaam that Kempinski Hotels, probably to make up for the recent loss of a management contract for their resort on Zanzibar, is continuing to seek exempt

Tanzania government sets stage for next battle with conservationists

(eTN) - News just broke that no sooner had the Tanzanian government been compelled by intense global criticism and threats of decampaigning its tourism industry to write to UNESCO and give a written b

Fort Jesus makes it into UNESCO World Heritage books

(eTN) - The latest round of declaring sites of significant importance to the world’s cultural heritage by UNESCO has seen Fort Jesus included in the list of now protected and globally-acclaimed monu

Bangkok declared World Book Capital 2013

An international committee has designated Bangkok as World Book Capital 2013, the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) reported today.

Another nine historic sites added to UN World Heritage List

Nine historic sites in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia have been added to the World Heritage List, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced toda

UNESCO regrets Thai decision to denounce World Heritage Convention

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today voiced deep regret after Thailand announced it would denounce the global convention aimed at preserving

Tanzania government yields to pressure over Serengeti highway

(eTN) - News received late yesterday indicates that the Tanzanian government has backed down in the face of growing global criticism and opposition to their plans to construct a highway across the Ser