UNWTO: Win a trip across the world

September 29, 2017 by  
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MADRID, 29 September 2017: UNWTO launched a travellers’ competition to promote responsible travel on World Tourism Day, Wednesday.

The initiative is part of the ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign taking place within the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.

A one-month trip across the world visiting sustainable tourism initiatives is the prize that will be awarded to the winner. Read more

WTTC introduces tell a travel story

September 28, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 28 September 2017: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) joined the UNWTO in the celebration of World Tourism Day in Qatar, Wednesday.

The special day highlighted the economic, social and environmental contribution of travel and tourism to sustainable development around the world.

WTTC President & CEO Gloria Guevara said: “Travel & Tourism is a remarkable sector, it brings people from different backgrounds, culture and beliefs closer together, driving peace, in addition to the significant socioeconomic benefits to a country’s welfare and local livelihoods. Read more

UNWTO: Tourism a runaway success

September 11, 2017 by  
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MADRID, 11 September 2017: Destinations worldwide saw a turnover of 598 million international tourists arrivals in the first six months of 2017, some 36 million more than in the same period of 2016, UNWTO estimates in its latest World Tourism Barometer.

Returning a growth of 6%, year-to-date, it represents the strongest increase since 2010 when the increase registered 4%.

Results are underpinned by robust growth in many destinations and a continuation of the recovery for destinations that suffered declines in previous years. Read more

China hosts 22nd UNWTO assembly

September 6, 2017 by  
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MADRID, 6 September 2017: China for will host the global UNWTO General Assembly, next week, which is expected to attract more 1,000 delegates representing government tourist departments and ministries.

The bi-annual event takes place in Chengdu, China 11 to 16 September to discuss how tourism can contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The agenda will also include plans for the Organization for 2018 to 2019 including the official announcement on the appointment of new secretary general that is waiting assembly approval. Read more

Travellers need to show respect

August 24, 2017 by  
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MADRID, 24 August 2017: To support its International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is launching a consumer- campaign aimed at raising awareness of the value and contribution that sustainable tourism can make towards development.

The ‘Travel Enjoy Respect’ campaign attempts to engage tourists to turn their travels  into a catalyst for positive change.

UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, summarised the main message: “Whenever you travel, wherever you travel, respect nature, respect culture, and respect your host. You can be the change you want to see in the world. You can be an ambassador for a better future. TRAVEL, ENJOY AND RESPECT.” Read more

Tourism leaders condemn terror attack

August 22, 2017 by  
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MADRID, 22 August 2017: Two global travel organisations, UNWTO and WTTC have strongly condemned the latest terrorist attacks in Spain.

UNWTO called it a “heinous attack” perpetrated in the city of Barcelona and expressed heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the innocent victims and to the people and government of Spain.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) also strongly condemned the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. Read more

Tourism: Too much of a good thing

August 18, 2017 by  
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BARCELONA, 18 August 2017: “Never again a summer like this”: Exasperated with the hordes of visitors they blame for making their city unliveable, Barcelona residents have risen in protest.

The hugely popular Catalan metropolis has become the latest European hotspot to eye tourism with hostility.

From the romantic canals of Venice to the walled mediaeval town of Dubrovnik via the wilderness of Scotland’s Isle of Skye, tourism is morphing into a nightmare for many locals, despite the jobs and income it undoubtedly generates. Read more

France tops tourism chart

August 4, 2017 by  
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MADRID, 4 August 2017: France retained its position as the world’s favourite tourism destination in 2016, the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said Wednesday, defying concerns over terror attacks.

The United States came second followed closely by Spain, according to annual figures that the Madrid-based UNWTO normally announces in January, but which were delayed this year.

But although France stayed on top of the tourist arrivals chart by welcoming 82.6 million visitors in 2016, that was a more than 2% drop from the previous year, the figures showed. Read more

UNWTO’s Rifai got it wrong

June 23, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 23 June 2017: At about the same time as Otto Warmbier was shipped out of North Korea in a coma on a flight home to the US, UNWTO secretary general, Taleb Rifai, was preaching the good news that tourism could build international relations with North Korea.

Warmbier never regained consciousness. He died at home from serious brain damage caused by the brutal treatment meted out by guards at a North Korean prison where he was incarcerated for 17 months.

His crime? He pilfered a political poster from his hotel as a memento of his trip, just minutes before he left for the airport. He never made that flight and the last time he was seen in public was during a public televised viewing of his sentencing when he cried for mercy. Read more

Publisher challenges UNWTO election

June 22, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 22 June 2017: Self-proclaimed UNWTO Wire publisher, Juergen Steinmetz, is at the forefront of a campaign that alleges the recent UNWTO secretary general election was flawed.

Stienmertz issues a statement released by PRNewswire, this week, that applauds Zimbabwe Minister of Tourism and Hospitality, Walter Mzembi, for raising the allegations in an open letter last May.

Steinmetz followed through issuing his own post asking: “Is the UNWTO Secretary General election for sale?” Read more

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