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  • US travel ban to hinder tourism economic benefits, says UNWTO

    Published on : Thursday, February 2, 2017

    The United States has been hugely condemned by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the travel ban it issued on nationals and refugees of seven Islamic countries at the order of President Donald Trump.   UNWTO Secretary General …

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  • UNWTO Statement on US Travel Ban

    Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Specialized Agency for Tourism, expresses its deep concern and strong condemnation over the recently announced travel ban by the United States of America (USA) to nationals of seven countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, …

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  • UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award Pays Tribute To The Founders Of Lonely Planet

    Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    Tony Wheeler and Maureen Wheeler, founders of the widely-known Lonely Planet Publications have received the 13th UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award. The prize is conferred every year to individuals with visionary leadership and significant contributions to the global tourism sector.   …

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  • 2016 saw a 3.9% growth in global tourists

    Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

    Although plagued by challenges, international tourism remained robust in 2016, according to the UNWTO. The UNWTO said that international tourist arrivals grew by 3.9%, reaching a total of 1.2 billion. Last year, some 46 million more tourists, with overnight visitors …

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  • UNWTO welcomes 5-day visa-free policy by Belarus to citizens of 80 states

    Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

    UNWTO has expressed its full support to the decision of the Government of Belarus to launch the 5-day visa-free policy that will be applicable to travelers from 80 countries. The measure aims at advancing seamless travel and attracting visitors, particularly …

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  • Belarus to launch 5-day visa-free policy for travellers from 80 countries

    Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

    UNWTO has expressed its full support to the decision of the Government of Belarus to launch the 5-day visa-free policy that will be applicable to travellers from 80 countries. The measure aims at advancing seamless travel and attracting visitors, particularly …

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  • Around 1.2 billion tourists traveled globally in 2016

    Published on : Thursday, January 26, 2017

    Around 58 million tourists visited Africa in 2016, according to a report by the UNWTO. Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO Secretary-General said that this was indeed a great recovery for the continent after two years, when it suffered the setback of …

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  • International travel grew in 2016 despite various constraints

    Published on : Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    In 2016, countries around the world recorded 1.23 billion international tourist arrivals according to the UNWTO. But every region didn’t see a constant growth. International tourists to Europe, the top destination for foreign visitors, were just 2% at 620 million. …

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  • The World Tourism Organization begins the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

    Published on : Saturday, January 21, 2017

    His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain presided over the event celebrating the launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The gathering was attended by ministers of tourism from around …

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  • UNWTO begins the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

    Published on : Friday, January 20, 2017

    The event, held in the El Pardo Palace in Madrid, Spain, was attended by the Prime Minister of Georgia, the Vice-President of Honduras, more than 40 tourism ministers and other senior officials from 57 countries.   The UNWTO Secretary-General underscored …

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  • Tourist arrivals to Africa up by record 8% in 2016, reveals UNWTO

    Published on : Friday, January 20, 2017

    Africa welcomed 58 million tourists last year, a rise of eight per cent as compared to 2015, according to the latest data received from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). In 2015, 54 million tourists visited Africa.   When …

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  • World tourism experiences a surge in 2016

    Published on : Friday, January 20, 2017

    In spite of various global challenges threats to tourism in the shape of terror attacks, unstable financial situations like Brexit and growing political hostility, demand for international tourism remained strong in 2016. As per the UNWTO world tourism barometer, international …

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  • International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 kicks off

    Published on : Friday, January 20, 2017

    Nearly 600 participants attended yesterday the Official Launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The event took place in the International Tourism Fair of Spain, FITUR, and will be followed by 12 months of global actions …

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  • UNWTO awarded for sustainable tourism approaches

    Published on : Friday, January 20, 2017

    Guanajuato’s State Ministry of Tourism (Mexico), Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (Belgium), Govardhan Ecovillage (India) and Dutch Travel Trade Association (Netherlands) were the winners of 13th Edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. Nearly 150 initiatives from …

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  • UNWTO and Japan International Cooperation Agency partner to promote sustainable tourism

    Published on : Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    The agreement, undersigned by UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and JICA Executive Senior Vice President, Kazuhiko Koshikawa, opens important opportunities of collaboration as JICA is one of the largest global donors in terms of international cooperation for development in tourism.   …

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  • Sustained growth in international tourism despite challenges

    Published on : Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Demand for international tourism remained robust in 2016 despite challenges. International tourist arrivals grew by 3.9% to reach a total of 1,235 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 46 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled internationally …

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  • International conference on sustainable tourism in Jamaica

    Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017

    The UNWTO is celebrating 2017 as the year of sustainable tourism. Jamaica will be hosting a major event on this programme – the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism. This event will take place between November 27 and 29 in Montego …

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  • UNWTO’s Dr. Walter Mzembi to formally launch candidature in Madrid

    Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017

    The African Union-endorsed candidate for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, UNWTO, Dr. Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Tourism and the Hospitality Industry, and the current Chairperson of the UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa, …

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  • Candidates queue up for UNWTO Secretary-General post

    Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017

    The countdown for the position of the UNWTO Secretary-General which is slated in May this year has already started with more candidates in the pipeline. Among the top possible candidates are: Dr. Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, …

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  • Formal launch of Dr. Mzembi’s candidature for UNWTO Secretary-General

    Published on : Friday, January 6, 2017

    Hon. Dr. Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Tourism and the Hospitality Industry, and the current Chairperson of the UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa is Africa’s top and most preferred candidate for the UNWTO Secretary-General position, and this is being unanimously …

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