Tag: UNWTO

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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UNWTO strengthens ties with its Affiliate Members

| July 7, 2015

UNWTO signed this week new Memoranda of Understanding (MoU’s) with five of its Affiliate Members – the Real Academia de Gastronomía (Spain), Spain Cares (Spain), Student Marketing (Slovakia), the Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (Spain), and VIP World Events (Spain) (Madrid, Spain, 6-7 July 2015).

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Danube region to host Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories

| June 15, 2015

In a joint effort to advance sustainable tourism development in the Danube region, UNWTO and the countries in the Danube have agreed to establish a Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories in the region, under the auspices of UNWTO. The formal agreement was signed during an official visit of UNWTO’s Secretary-General to Bulgaria (Sofia, Bulgaria, 8 […]

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UNWTO and ATM Ministerial Forum address intra-Arab tourism

| May 11, 2015

Visa facilitation, open skies, the need to adapt to market needs and the role of events in the promotion of intra-regional tourism in the MENA region were the focus of the debate at the 2015 UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum on Intra-Arab Tourism: Addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities (Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 5 […]

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UNWTO and Basque Culinary Center organize the 1st World Forum on Food Tourism

| April 14, 2015

Gastronomy and tourism are natural allies and mutually reinforce one another. The many links between gastronomy and tourism and the opportunities for closer cooperation between both areas will be explored at the 1st UNWTO World Forum on Food Tourism, jointly organized by UNWTO and the Basque Culinary Center (Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, 27-28 April 2015).

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Former head of UNICEF to chair the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection

| February 10, 2015
Former head of UNICEF to chair the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection

UNWTO is pleased to announce that Carol Bellamy, former Executive Director of UNICEF (1995-2005), is the new chair of the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection. Ms. Bellamy starts her tenure at the Network’s 30th meeting in connection with ITB Berlin in March 2015, where the Network’s agenda for the coming year will be […]

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UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture gathers Ministers of Tourism and Culture for the first time

| February 6, 2015
UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture gathers Ministers of Tourism and Culture for the first time

Over 900 participants, including over 45 Ministers and Vice Ministers of Tourism and Culture, international experts, speakers and guests from 100 countries, gathered at the UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to explore and advance new partnership models between tourism and culture (4-6 February 2015).

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Middle East & North Africa: Tourism adapts to challenges and gains new momentum

| February 5, 2015
Middle East & North Africa: Tourism adapts to challenges and gains new momentum

The tourism sector in the Middle East and North Africa has been largely able to adapt and recover in recent times and even bounce back over the past year.

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Investour 2015: Africa needs a stronger brand

| February 3, 2015
Investour 2015: Africa needs a stronger brand

Branding and promotion, foreign direct investment, human resources development and visa facilitation were among the key topics in focus at the VI Investment and Tourism Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR).

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Prime Minister of Spain receives UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism

| January 28, 2015
Prime Minister of Spain receives UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism

In recognition of tourism’s ability to create jobs and socio-economic growth, the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, has accepted the UNWTO/World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism (Madrid, Spain, 27 January 2015).

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Over 1.1 billion tourists travelled abroad in 2014

| January 27, 2015
Over 1.1 billion tourists travelled abroad in 2014

International tourist arrivals reached 1,138 million in 2014, a 4.7% increase over the previous year, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. For 2015, UNWTO forecasts international tourism to grow by 3% to 4%, further contributing to the global economic recovery.

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UNWTO Awards to recognize innovation and excellence in tourism

| January 22, 2015
UNWTO Awards to recognize innovation and excellence in tourism

Tourism initiatives and scholars from around the world will once again be recognized for their outstanding contribution to the sector at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony to be held at the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain, on 28 January 2015.

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UNWTO activities at FITUR 2015

| January 19, 2015
UNWTO activities at FITUR 2015

Models of sustainable tourism production and consumption, the role of technology in accessible tourism for all, the future of tourism in the Middle East and North Africa, tourism investment in Africa and shopping tourism are among the many topics to be addressed at UNWTO activities during the International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR. Furthermore, FITUR will […]

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