Tag: UNWTO

UNWTO announces the finalists of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

| December 2, 2016
UNWTO announces the finalists of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

UNWTO has announced the finalists of the 13th edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. The 12 finalists were selected among 139 applicants from 55 countries.

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UNWTO congress to discuss the links between cultural heritage and creative tourism

| November 23, 2016
UNWTO congress to discuss the links between cultural heritage and creative tourism

The World Tourism Organization and the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria will jointly host the International Congress on World Civilizations and Creative Tourism on 29 November – 1 December 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Congress will discuss how creative tourism can play a significant role in safeguarding and promoting tangible and intangible heritage as […]

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Economic and national security a common objective: UNWTO/WTM Ministerial

| November 10, 2016
Economic and national security a common objective: UNWTO/WTM Ministerial

Ministers of Tourism from nearly 60 countries and industry leaders gathered at the Ministers’ Summit organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel Market in London to discuss how to grow cooperation in safe, secure and seamless travel. The inclusion of tourism in crisis and emergency structures, travel advisories, perception and coordination were […]

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Urban planning and city tourism need to go “hand in hand”, concludes UNWTO Summit

| November 4, 2016

The 5th UNWTO City Tourism Summit in Luxor, Egypt gathered around 400 experts from 40 countries to discuss the theme ‘Cities: Local culture for a global traveler’. The event, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism of Egypt, concluded on the importance of ensuring urban planning and city tourism development […]

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Luxor hosts UNWTO 5th UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism: Cities: Local Culture for Global Travellers

| October 17, 2016
Luxor hosts UNWTO 5th UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism: Cities: Local Culture for Global Travellers

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt are organizing the 5th Global Summit on City Tourism: “Cities: Local Culture for Global Travellers” on 1-2 November 2016 in Luxor. During the summit, UNWTO will launch the Mayors for Tourism Initiative.

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Wine Tourism – a growing tourism segment   

| September 12, 2016
Wine Tourism – a growing tourism segment   

The link between wine tourism and culture, history and lifestyle and the contribution of this segment to the development of the sector has been widely discussed during the 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism held in the Kahketi region in Georgia. During two days (7-9 September) the event convened over 200 participants including policy […]

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UNWTO Wine Tourism Conference gathers experts from around the world

| August 23, 2016
UNWTO Wine Tourism Conference gathers experts from around the world

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with the Georgian National Tourism Administration, is organizing the 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism in the Kakheti wine region of Georgia on 7-9 September 2016.

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UNWTO welcomes Indonesia’s cutting edge tourism visa policy

| August 9, 2016
UNWTO welcomes Indonesia’s cutting edge tourism visa policy

UNWTO has expressed its full support to the decision of the Government of Indonesia to grant free visa to citizens from 169 countries. The measure looks for attracting international tourism to the country by simplifying travel procedures and follows research by UNWTO and WTTC that shows that visa facilitation in the ASEAN economies could create […]

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UNWTO and partners launch an e-toolkit to help hotels reach zero-energy consumption

| July 13, 2016
UNWTO and partners launch an e-toolkit to help hotels reach zero-energy consumption

The nearly-Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH) e-toolkit, which is available online at: www.nezeh.eu assesses the energy performance of hotels and proposes measures to improve efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy sources towards nearly-zero consumption. The toolkit is the outcome of a three-year long project funded by the European Union. 

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UNWTO/ETC Roundtable discusses wellness and medical tourism 

| July 5, 2016
UNWTO/ETC Roundtable discusses wellness and medical tourism 

The Roundtable ‘Exploring Health Tourism’ gathered a group of international experts in Budapest, Hungary, to better understand and explore the growing segment of wellness and medical tourism. The meeting was convened by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC), as part of their joint research programme, with the support of the […]

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UNWTO Europe Meeting discusses digitalization and new business models   

| May 27, 2016
UNWTO Europe Meeting discusses digitalization and new business models   

Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, this week hosted representatives of 34 countries for the 60th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe. Discussions focused on major tourism trends and the priorities and agenda of the Organization for the region. The meeting was followed by a seminar on new business models. “In 2015, there were 29 million […]

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UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism: Call for Applications is now open

| May 17, 2016
UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism: Call for Applications is now open

The call for applications for the 13th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism is now open. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2016.

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African tourism ministers convene in Côte d’Ivoire

| April 22, 2016
African tourism ministers convene in Côte d’Ivoire

Over three days (19-21 April) high-level tourism representatives from African countries, including 18 tourism ministers1, are convening in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to discuss the challenges of the sector and the priorities for the programme of work of UNWTO in the African continent. The event is held in parallel with the Sustainable Tourism Conference of the […]

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UNWTO strongly condemns the attacks in Brussels

| March 22, 2016
UNWTO strongly condemns the attacks in Brussels

UNWTO is deeply shocked by the tragic attacks perpetrated in Brussels. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the Belgian people in this difficult moment.

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UNWTO projects a positive 2016 for tourism in Greece

| March 17, 2016
UNWTO projects a positive 2016 for tourism in Greece

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai has expressed the confidence of the Organization in the continued growth of the tourism sector in Greece. In 2015, international tourist arrivals to Greece grew by 7% to reach 23.6 million, while exports generated by the sector increased by 6% to euro 14.2 billion.  Meeting Minister of Tourism of Greece Elena […]

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UNWTO and Egypt discuss recovery measures at ITB

| March 16, 2016
UNWTO and Egypt discuss recovery measures at ITB

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, met the Minister of Tourism of Egypt, Hisham Zaazou, on the side-lines of ITB to discuss the current measures being implemented by the country to stimulate recovery (Berlin, Germany, 9 March 2016). 

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Safe and seamless travel, technology and sustainability: priorities for tourism

| March 9, 2016
Safe and seamless travel, technology and sustainability: priorities for tourism

Ensuring safe and seamless travel, enhancing the opportunities brought by technology and accelerating the shift towards a more sustainable sector are the priorities for the sector said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, opening the 50th edition of ITB Berlin. (Berlin, Germany, 8 March 2016).

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UNWTO activities at ITB Berlin 2016 to focus on the Silk Road and Child Protection 

| February 29, 2016
UNWTO activities at ITB Berlin 2016 to focus on the Silk Road and Child Protection 

On the 50th anniversary of ITB Berlin, UNWTO’s activities at the fair will focus on the development of the Silk Road and the World Tourism Network on Child Protection. ITB will take place on 9-13 March.  

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UNWTO confident in Egypt’s tourism recovery

| February 26, 2016
UNWTO confident in Egypt’s tourism recovery

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has expressed the Organizations’ full confidence in the recovery of tourism in Egypt during a recent visit to the country. On the occasion, Mr. Rifai met with Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,in the presence of the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Hisham Zaazou. The President reiterated his full support to the tourism […]

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Andorra to host the 9th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism 

| February 18, 2016
Andorra to host the 9th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism 

Discussing the challenges and opportunities in snow and mountain tourism as well as evaluating new business models and the need to incorporate innovative and sustainable practices are the main objectives of the 9th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism. The event, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of Andorra, will take […]

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Updated UNWTO Statement on the Zika Virus

| February 2, 2016
Updated UNWTO Statement on the Zika Virus

Following the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 1 February 2016 on the Zika virus, UNWTO recalls that according to WHO there should be no restrictions on travel with the affected areas and that the following travel measures should be observed:

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Tourism Ministers discuss collaboration between tourism and security 

| January 25, 2016
Tourism Ministers discuss collaboration between tourism and security 

 Ministers of Tourism and High Level officials from 86 countries gathered in Madrid to discuss the development of closer collaboration mechanisms between tourism and security administrations to ensure a safe, secure and seamless travel framework (Madrid, 22 January 2016)

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Shopping Tourism, key for destination marketing 

| January 25, 2016
Shopping Tourism, key for destination marketing 

“One of the most used tools in the promotion of destinations” this is how Shopping Tourism was described at the opening of the 2nd Conference on this segment, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on the occasion of the Spanish Tourism Fair (FITUR) (22 January 2016). 

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International tourist arrivals up 4% reach a record 1.2 billion in 2015 

| January 18, 2016
International tourist arrivals up 4% reach a record 1.2 billion in 2015 

International tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1,184 million in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 50 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled to international destinations around the world last year as compared to 2014. 

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INVESTOUR 2016 brings new opportunities to do business in Africa to FITUR

| January 8, 2016
INVESTOUR 2016 brings new opportunities to do business in Africa to FITUR

The 7th edition of the Investment and Tourism Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR), to be held on 21 January 2016, will bring new business and investment projects from Africa to the Spanish Tourism Fair, FITUR. Organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Casa Africa and FITUR, INVESTOUR is a platform to promote tourism development in […]

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UNWTO’s Ulysses Prize awarded to Doctor Richard Butler

| December 21, 2015
UNWTO’s Ulysses Prize awarded to Doctor Richard Butler

The 12th UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge in Tourism has been awarded to Dr Richard Butler, Emeritus Scholar of the Strathclyde Business School, in Glasgow, United Kingdom. The Prize recognizes the invaluable work of Dr Butler in areas of capacity building and sustainability in the tourism sector.

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UNWTO activities at FITUR to focus on innovation and sustainability

| December 16, 2015
UNWTO activities at FITUR to focus on innovation and sustainability

The opportunities that innovation opens up for tourism and the importance of promoting initiatives in the field of sustainability and ethics will constitute the main topics of the activities to be organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at FITUR 2016, with the support of the Fair. FITUR, whose 36th edition will be held from […]

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UNWTO Secretary-General addresses the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament  

| December 8, 2015

With the aim of enhancing the links between tourism, economic growth and inclusive development in Europe, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, addressed the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium, 3 December 2015).

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Media and tourism stakeholders gather in Tunisia to discuss  how to enhance cooperation

| November 18, 2015
Media and tourism stakeholders gather in Tunisia to discuss  how to enhance cooperation

More than 300 participants convened in Tunis for the 4th UNWTO International Conference on ‘Tourism and the Media’. The event, held in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts of Tunisia, counted with the support of CNN International.

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UNWTO Affiliate Members Board elects its new Chairman

| November 12, 2015

The UNWTO Affiliate Members Board has elected Mr. Edmund Bartlett as its new Chairman at the Board’s Meeting held at the sidelines of the World Travel Market (WTM, London, United Kingdom, 3 November 2015).

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UNWTO/WTM Ministers Summit: social media changing destination branding

| November 5, 2015
UNWTO/WTM Ministers Summit: social media changing destination branding

Ministers of Tourism and private sector leaders meeting at the 9th UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers’ Summit agreed that destination branding and the way tourism marketing organizations operate need to be adapted to the changes brought in by social media .

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UNWTO to hold the 1st Global Conference on Wine Tourism in Georgia in 2016

| November 4, 2015
UNWTO to hold the 1st Global Conference on Wine Tourism in Georgia in 2016

The 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism, to be held in the Kakheti wine region from 7-9 September 2016, was officially launched by UNWTO and the Georgia National Tourism Administration on the occasion of the World Travel Market in London.

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UNWTO kicks off the official celebrations in Spain of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations

| October 24, 2015

Ahead of UN Day on 24 October, the World Tourism Organization, the only UN Specialized Agency with Headquarters in Spain, welcomed all UN agencies, funds and programmes based in the country to mark the occasion as the first activity of the official Spanish celebrations of the United Nations’ 70th Anniversary (Madrid, Spain, 23 October 2015).

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On World Statistics Day, UNWTO calls for more and better tourism data

| October 21, 2015
On World Statistics Day, UNWTO calls for more and better tourism data

UNWTO called today on the occasion of World Statistics Day for improved investment and coordination in data collection in the tourism sector (Madrid, 20 October, 2015). Under the theme “Better Data. Better Lives,” the UN World Statistics Day is celebrated to raise awareness of how official statistics help decision makers develop informed policies that impact […]

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UNWTO / WTM Ministers’ Summit to Address Key Issues Facing Destination Branding

| October 13, 2015
UNWTO / WTM Ministers’ Summit to Address Key Issues Facing  Destination Branding

The 2015 UNWTO /WTM Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market London will put a spotlight on destination branding and how it has become an increasingly complex challenge (WTM London, Tuesday, November 3, 2015). Destination management organisation are re-evaluating their structures and strategies to adapt to new market trends created by social media and new business […]

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UNWTO welcomes the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals

| September 29, 2015

UNWTO welcomes the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reiterates its commitment to work towards the implementation of the Goals.

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UNWTO and ICAO enhance cooperation in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

| September 15, 2015

UNWTO and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have announced a new joint strategic statement on Tourism and Air Transport for Development (Medellín, Colombia, 14 September 2015).

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UNWTO: 21 million more international tourists in the first half of 2015

| September 10, 2015
UNWTO: 21 million more international tourists in the first half of 2015

The number of international tourist arrivals grew by 4% in the first half of 2015 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Destinations worldwide received some 538 million international tourists between January and June 2015, an increase of 21 million compared to the same period of 2014.

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UNWTO Conference to explore new ways to promote Brand Africa

| August 12, 2015
UNWTO Conference to explore new ways to promote Brand Africa

The UNWTO Regional Conference Enhancing Brand Africa – Fostering Tourism Development will bring together a wide variety of African tourism stakeholders to explore how build a stronger brand for Africa as a tourism destination (Accra, Ghana, 17-19 August 2015). Tourism is one of Africa’s most promising economic sectors, but the sector’s capacity to fully contribute […]

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UNWTO welcomes China’s decision to make tourism a tool to fight poverty

| August 4, 2015
UNWTO welcomes China’s decision to make tourism a tool to fight poverty

UNWTO welcomes the recent decision of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of China to promote rural tourism as an effective means to fight poverty.

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