Tag: UNWTO

Global Report on the Meeting Industry launched by UNWTO #eventsprofs

| March 29, 2014

The meetings industry is one of the fundamental segments of the tourism sector. UNWTO’s newly released Global Report on the Meetings Industry provides an overall view of the main issues facing destinations aiming to build a competitive meetings industry along with case studies from around the world.

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San Marino to host 1st UNWTO European Conference on Accessible Tourism

| March 26, 2014

Policies and measures to promote universal accessibility in tourism will be at the centre of the 1st UNWTO European Conference on Accessible Tourism, jointly organized by UNWTO and the Government of the Republic of San Marino in November 2014.

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Silk Road Ministers deepen commitment to visa facilitation

| March 7, 2014

On the year of the 20th Anniversary of the Samarkand Declaration on Silk Road Tourism, the 4th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting convened to discuss visa facilitation as a means to further advance tourism development along the ancient trade route.

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Madrid Precious Time: Collaboration for innovative city tourism

| March 6, 2014

The UNWTO Madrid Precious Time prototype was launched at ITB 2014 showcasing how the public and private sector from areas including hospitality, technology, handicrafts, retail and insurance can work together to create new and innovative tourism products.

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UNWTO, UNODC and UNESCO launch anti-trafficking campaign #ITBBerlin

| March 5, 2014

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have joined forces to promote a global campaign urging travellers to support the fight against a number of forms of trafficking. The Campaign was presented to the tourism sector at the [...]

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UNWTO supports Qatar’s new Tourism Strategy

| February 26, 2014

UNWTO is supporting Qatar to implement its new tourism strategy through collaboration in the areas of legislation, institutional strengthening, statistics, marketing and capacity building.

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International tourism an engine for the economic recovery

| December 13, 2013

In the first nine months of 2013, international tourism grew by 5% according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

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3rd International Conference on Tourism and Media: exploring new tourism communication formats

| December 6, 2013

The impact of technological innovation and evolving media channels on tourism communication was the focus of the 3rd UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media, part of an ongoing series aimed to lend tourism a higher level of editorial recognition (2-3 December 2013, Estoril, Portugal).

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T.20 Ministers commit to continue working to improve visa facilitation

| November 12, 2013

The T.20 Ministers´ meeting in London agreed to continue placing visa facilitation as a priority in the aim of stimulating economic growth and generate more jobs through of tourism. (London, United Kingdom, 4 November 2013).

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UNWTO calls for support to the Philippines

| November 12, 2013

UNWTO is deeply saddened by the devastating impact of typhoon Haiyan which hit an important part of the Visayas region in the Philippines. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims and to the Government of the Philippines.

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Fiona Jeffery OBE to serve on Tourism Ethics Committee

| October 16, 2013
Fiona Jeffery OBE to serve on Tourism Ethics Committee

Fiona Jeffery OBE, former Chairman of World Travel Market (WTM) and Chairman and founder of the international water aid charity Just a Drop has been appointed a member of the UNWTO’s new World Committee on Tourism Ethics.

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Visa facilitation can create 2.6 million new jobs in the APEC economies

| October 1, 2013

A new report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows that visa facilitation could create up to 2.6 million new jobs in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies by 2016.

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UNWTO partners with JATA to advance tourism in Asia and the Pacific

| September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA).

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UNWTO approves accessible tourism recommendations

| September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

The UNWTO recommendations on “Accessible Tourism for All” (2013) have been approved and endorsed by the General Assembly.

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Pascal Lamy to chair the World Committee on Tourism Ethics

| September 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

The 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly unanimously approved the designation of Mr. Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), as the new Chairman of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics.

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UNWTO and FITUR to co-host the 2013 UNWTO Awards

| September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

The 2013 UNWTO Awards ceremony, the flagship awards of the global tourism sector, will be jointly hosted, for the first time, by UNWTO and the Madrid International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR).

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Countries call for closer tourism and air transport policies at the UNWTO General Assembly

| September 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

The General Debate of the 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly has put a spotlight on the link between tourism and air transport policies.

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Mexico and Burkina Faso official hosts of World Tourism Day 2014 and 2015

| August 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mexico was selected to be the official host country for World Tourism Day (WTD) 2014 and Burkina Faso for WTD 2015. The respective themes will be “Tourism and Community Development” for 2014, and “One billion tourists, one billion opportunities” for 2015.

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Taleb Rifai reelected as UNWTO Secretary-General

| August 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Taleb Rifai reelected as UNWTO Secretary-General

Taleb Rifai was reelected for a second term as UNWTO Secretary-General (2014-2017).

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UNWTO General Assembly opens in Victoria Falls

| August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

The global tourism community gathers this week at Victoria Falls for the 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly. Visa facilitation, connectivity and accessibility…

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UNWTO: International tourism demand exceeds expectations in the first half of 2013

| August 26, 2013 | 0 Comments
UNWTO: International tourism demand exceeds expectations in the first half of 2013

International tourist arrivals grew by 5% during the first half of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012, reaching almost 500 million, according to data just released by UNWTO.

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UNWTO Awards 2013 – Call for Nominations

| May 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

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 1 October 2013.

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UNWTO welcomes Trinidad and Tobago as its new Member

| May 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Trinidad and Tobago has become UNWTO’s 156th Member State as the country rejoins the Organization after 35 years.

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The United Arab Emirates join the World Tourism Organization

| May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, announced today that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) rejoined the Organization 26 years after having left UNWTO.

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UNWTO/ATM Ministerial Forum

| May 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Setting a common growth agenda for tourism and aviation

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China – the new number one tourism source market in the world

| April 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
China – the new number one tourism source market in the world

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 in 2012.

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UNWTO welcomes travel facilitation measures by Jamaica

| March 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

UNWTO 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.

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World Committee on Tourism Ethics praises growing private sector commitment

| March 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Twelfth Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics commended the UNWTO Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism Initiative and praised the growing number of signatory businesses who pledged to uphold responsible conduct in the tourism sector (Madrid, Spain, 4-5 March).

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UNWTO and Italy advance accessibility in Tourism

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

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:

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International tourism to continue robust growth in 2013

| January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
International tourism to continue robust growth in 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 results.

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UNWTO and China strengthen cooperation

| January 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), Mr. Shao Qiwei, and UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, have agreed to strengthen cooperation between both organizations as a key step towards advancing China’s tourism development objectives.

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New ETC-UNWTO Study “Understanding Chinese Outbound Tourism – What the Chinese Blogosphere is saying about Europe”

| January 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Brussels, 17 January 2013 The European Travel Commission (ETC) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have just published a ‘netnographic’ study Understanding Chinese Outbound Tourism – What the Chinese Blogosphere is Saying About Europe. 

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The Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators commits to UNWTO Code of Ethics

| January 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
The Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators commits to UNWTO Code of Ethics

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 (Utrecht, the Netherlands, 9 January 2013).

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UNWTO activities at FITUR 2013

| January 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
UNWTO activities at FITUR 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, 30 January – 3 February 2013).

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UN General Assembly: ecotourism key to eradicating poverty and protecting environment

| January 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

A landmark resolution recognizing ecotourism as key in the fight against poverty, the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development has been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (21 December 2012).

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UNWTO welcomes the world’s one-billionth tourist

| December 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

A British tourist visiting Madrid, Spain on 13 December has been revealed as the symbolic face of the one billion international tourists travelling in 2012. The tourist was welcomed by the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain, José Manuel Soria, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and the Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, at an [...]

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UNWTO unveils winners of the 2012 Ulysses Awards

| November 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

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 Ulysses Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism have honored tourism initiatives that have contributed to [...]

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Leading scholar awarded top prize for contribution to tourism knowledge

| November 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Erik Cohen, one of the world’s leading social science scholars in the field of tourism, has been named this year’s winner of the UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge,honoring those within academia making a significant contribution to the advancement of tourism.  Mr. Cohen, the George S. Wise Professor Emeritus [...]

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UNWTO announces winners of the first UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement

| November 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), Mr. Shao Qiwei, and the founder of the international hotel chain Meliá Hotels, Mr. Gabriel Escarrer Juliá, have been named as the first winners of the UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement.  The UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement was established in 2012 as an annual award recognizing those individuals [...]

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Tourism Ministers to debate barriers to travel

| November 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

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 Travel Market (WTM) Ministers’ Summit next week (London, United Kingdom, 6 November 2012). Building on the historic G20 Leaders’ Declaration, which [...]

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