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  • The UNWTO Secretary-General speaks about traveling as a universal human right

    Published on : Thursday, February 14, 2019

    Zurab Pololikashvili, the secretary-general of the UNWTO said that traveling is a universal human right. National constitutions and international covenants, such as Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have reference to this.   People travel for a number of …

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  • UK tourism experiences major drop in visitor numbers

    Published on : Thursday, February 14, 2019

    The UK was one of the low-performing destinations the United Nations World Tourism Organization selected to single out the magnificent year for international tourism.   In 2018, global international arrivals reached 1.4 billion, two years before the forecasts – even …

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  • Catherine Afeku gets UN tourism appointment

    Published on : Saturday, February 2, 2019

    The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Abelema Afeku, has been appointed Chairperson of the Leadership Taskforce of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).     The appointment was announced at the first meeting of the Leadership Taskforce …

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  • World Tourism Association for culture and heritage launched to combat overtourism

    Published on : Thursday, January 31, 2019

    The World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH) has been formed to protect local cultures, heritage and historical sites that are in peril from overtourism.       The new association will promote ethical practices and better management relating …

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  • The UNWTO Secretary-General praises Georgian reforms in tourism

    Published on : Wednesday, January 30, 2019

    Zurab Pololikashvili, the Secretary General of the UNWTO, while attending international tourism fair FITUR 2019 in Spain, said that Georgia is among the world leaders in tourism.   Pololikashvili commended the Georgian reforms in the tourism field, and said that …

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  • San Sebastian will host the 5th edition of the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism

    Published on : Wednesday, January 30, 2019

    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Basque Culinary Center (BCC) have signed the Agreement for the holding of the 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism (San Sebastian, Spain 2-3 May 2019). The new edition of this global forum …

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  • Kerala hailed for ‘Responsible Tourism’ initiatives by the UNWTO

    Published on : Tuesday, January 29, 2019

    The UNWTO recently hailed Kerala’s award-winning ‘Responsible Tourism’ (RT) initiatives and pointed as a model for other destinations to replicate.   The UNWTO also expressed its desire for development of closer ties with Kerala Tourism, emphasizing the importance of further …

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  • UNWTO announced 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals in 2018

    Published on : Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    As per  World Tourism Barometer the international tourist arrivals saw a growth of six percent  with a total of 1.4 billion. It was earlier predicted in 2010 that the 1.4 billion mark will be achieved by 2020, however the milestone …

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  • International Tourist Arrivals Reach 1.4 billion Two Years Ahead of Forecasts

    Published on : Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    International tourist arrivals grew 6% in 2018, totalling 1.4 billion according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. UNWTO’s long term forecast issued in 2010 indicated the 1.4 billion mark would be reached in 2020, yet the remarkable growth of …

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  • UNWTO Activities at FITUR 2019

    Published on : Thursday, January 17, 2019

    These will be among the activities led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) during the 39th edition of the International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid (FITUR, 23-27 January), the first of the world’s major annual tourism events.     A …

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  • UNWTO/ETC Launch Report on Health Tourism

    Published on : Thursday, December 27, 2018

    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the European Travel Commission (ETC) launched a new report on health tourism. Part of their joint research programme, the study is the first attempt to set a coherent conceptualization of health tourism and …

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  • 5th edition of the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism to be held in Donostia

    Published on : Friday, December 21, 2018

    Donostia will be hosting the 5th edition of the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism. It is a forum organized by the UNWTO and the BCC, an Affiliate Member of the UNWTO.   The event has grown exponentially this year, …

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  • Finalists of the 15th UNWTO Awards Announced

    Published on : Friday, December 21, 2018

    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced the finalists to win the 15th UNWTO Awards, which recognize inspirational projects having made an invaluable contribution to advance sustainable tourism. The nominees are praised for contributing to advance the UNWTO Global Code of …

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  • UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventure Forum held in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Published on : Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    Unidigital is the partnership between the public and private sectors for promoting innovation in tourism. It will offer services, products and training in digital transformation for allowing the most disruptive entrepreneurs in tourism in the Americas to develop their projects. …

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  • 10 Finalists Announced in 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition in Collaboration with Globalia

    Published on : Monday, December 10, 2018

    The 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition is a pioneering initiative that has identified emerging companies at the forefront of the transformation of the tourism sector and the promotion of innovation ecosystems through tourism. It is organized by the World Tourism …

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  • International tourist arrivals grow 5% this year from January to September

    Published on : Saturday, December 8, 2018

    This year, international tourist arrivals grew five percent year-on-year from January to September propelled by continued demand for traveling, according to the UNWTO.   The UNWTO estimates that destinations worldwide received 1.083 billion international arrivals through September, marking an additional …

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  • 4 Israeli tourism start-ups in UN organised competition final

    Published on : Friday, December 7, 2018

    Organisers of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) start-up competition announced Wednesday that four Israeli tourism start-ups are among 10 finalists competing for glory. There were 3,000 competitors at the contest from in 132 countries.   The competition, in …

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  • Europe’s visa regimes are among the strictest in the world

    Published on : Thursday, December 6, 2018

    The UNWTO has said that Europe’s visa regimes are among the most restrictive in the world. The organization has estimated that 74% of the global population would have required a visa to travel to Europe in 2015. This number largely …

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  • UNWTO/UNESCO Conference: Cultural Tourism Sustains Communities and Living Heritage

    Published on : Wednesday, December 5, 2018

    The third cultural tourism conference (3-5 December) organized jointly between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) concluded today in Istanbul, Turkey. Participants declared their support for cultural tourism as a driver …

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  • Number of Indians going abroad expected to double in next three years as per the UNWTO

    Published on : Saturday, December 1, 2018

    The UNWTO has predicted that the number of Indians going abroad will double to 50 million in the next three years. Are online travel aggregators making it easier to plan holidays? Has visa processing become simpler than before? Where are …

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