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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 instituti

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, cre

Kenya Tourism Federation lost UNWTO affiliate status

(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 backlo

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 vita

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.

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

“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 ‎

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...

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 t

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

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

UFTAA and UNWTO strengthen tourism collaboration

(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 (UN

New tourism Strategic Partnership between UNWTO and PATA

MADRID, Spain & BANGKOK, Thailand - The lasting support to the development objectives and the positioning of tourism as a central contributor to economic growth and sustainability in Asia are at the c

China travel abroad reaches USD102 billion last year

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.

Spring meeting of Chief Executive Board to be hosted by UNWTO

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 Executive Board for Coordinatio

UN agencies to work more closely on tourism

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

UNWTO call to revise visa regulations answered 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 A

More businesses pledge to uphold responsible tourism

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 prais

Indonesia’s children asking for strong action against climate change

School kids from Pangandaran, Indonesia, have urged global tourism leaders to take climate change seriously.

Visit UNWTO at ITB in Berlin next week

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

Accessibility in tourism is a right and an ethical obligation

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

Zambia Vice President meets Livingstone business people

Zambia Vice President Dr. Guy Scott on February 9 met Livingstone business people at the Chrismar Hotel to talk about trade and tourism.

UNWTO Secretary General and Seychelles Tourism Minister meet in Madrid

In Madrid this week, Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, met with Mr.

International tourist arrivals grow 4 percent since last year

International tourist arrivals grew by 4% in 2012 to reach 1.035 billion, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

UNWTO to work with China to advance tourism development

The Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), Mr.

Dutch Association of Travel Agents commits to World Tourism Organization Code...

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 pr

UNWTO events at FITUR in Spain

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 (Mad

December 13 symbolizes historic date of 1 billionth tourist

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.

British woman becomes the face of the 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.

Reducing global tourism emissions

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 stra