MADRID, 24 April 2017: Ethics in tourism is the theme of a UNWTO conference due to be hosted this week in Krakow Poland.
UNWTO said the 3rd third International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, will discuss ways to advance the commitment of tourism towards sustainable and responsible practices.
The event is one of the major components of the ‘Enhancing the Understanding of European Tourism’ Project, conducted by UNWTO in cooperation with the European Commission. Read more
BANGKOK, 12 April 2017: Travel trade media rarely endorses candidates vying for top level tourism appointments, but TravelIndex founder and director, Bernard Metzger, made an exception, Tuesday, by backing a candidate from the Seychelles to take over as the new secretary general of UNWTO.
Metzer heaped abundant praise on Alain St Ange, the candidate from the Seychelles, one of seven contesting the May elections to head the UNWTO. Other candidates hail from Armenia, Brazil, Columbia, Georgia, South Korea and Zimbabwe.
In his letter posted to a global readership of travel executives, Metzger said of the Seychelles hopeful, who has headed Seychelles tourism and held ministerial posts: “I am one of your greatest supporters and few in your position have achieved so much for world tourism.” Read more
MADRID, 30 March 2017: International tourist arrivals to the European Union increased by 4% in 2016, reaching almost 500 million or 40% of the world’s total.
This preliminary result is included in the first release of the ‘European Union Short-Term Tourism Trends’, a regular monitoring of EU tourism by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
Despite many challenges facing Europe in 2016, tourism has once again shown resilience, reinforcing its contribution to economic growth, job creation and social wellbeing in the European Union. Read more
BERLIN, 9 March 2017: Tourism can transform our world and build better understanding in a world living a deficit of tolerance, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, at the opening ceremony of the 2017 edition of ITB Berlin, Wednesday.
He appeared to make a veiled reference to US President Donald Trump’s now infamous travel ban and the signing off a revised ban on Monday.
“We live the worst of times and the best of times. Times when we wake up… to the threat of terrorism on our doorsteps and the glooming numbers of unemployment. Times of isolationism and ill-conceived actions like travel bans, which do not lead to increased security, but just to growing tension. Despite all these complex and interlinked challenges, despite acts against the freedom of travel, the power of tourism continues to shine through the darkness,” Rifai said. Read more
BANGKOK, 20 February 2017: UNWTO should be applauded for its efforts to introduce a charter on tourist protection. It’s a subject that rarely raises glasses in a toast of support at travel trade cocktail parties.
The trade is usually preoccupied with protecting its own interests in the time of crisis. That could extend to outdoing competitors with a not-to-be missed discount loaded with small print to trap consumers during a tour operator’s hour of need.
UNWTO has put the shoe on the other foot this time looking at how we should care for consumers in their hour of need. Read more
LONDON, 9 February 2017: Travel-related associations worldwide have endorsed UNWTO’s initiative to designate 2017, International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
Global Travel Association Coalition, which brings together the major global travel associations and organisations, said in a statement Wednesday it was an opportunity to underline the immense socio-economic opportunities, and encourage understanding, peace and sustainable development, worldwide.
GTAC consists of the major associations in the global travel and tourism sector, namely ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, PATA, UNWTO WEF, and WTTC. Read more
MADRID, 2 February 2017: The World Tourism Organisation joins the chorus of protests denouncing President Trump’s travel ban that impacts on seven nations in the Middle East and North Africa.
UNWTO said it was expressing 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, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen).
The travel ban, based on nationality, is contrary to the principles of freedom of travel and travel facilitation promoted by the international tourism community, the UNWTO statement read. Read more
MADRID, 2 February 2017: Tony and Maureen Wheeler, co-founders of the widely-known Lonely Planet Publications received the 13th UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award recently.
The prize is conferred every year to individuals with visionary leadership who make significant contributions to the global tourism sector.
Lonely Planet inspired travellers, writers and the tourism sector, worldwide, a role that constituted the main reason why the UNWTO presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to the Wheelers. Read more
MADRID, 20 January 2017: Demand for international tourism remained robust in 2016 despite challenges.
International tourist arrivals grew by 3.9% to reach a 1,235 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 46 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled internationally last year compared to 2015.
2016 was the seventh consecutive year of sustained growth following the 2009 global economic and financial crisis. A comparable sequence of uninterrupted solid growth has not been recorded since the 1960s. As a result, 300 million more international tourists travelled the world in 2016 as compared to the pre-crisis record in 2008. International tourism receipts grew at a similar pace in this period (complete 2016 receipts results will be reported in May). Read more
MADRID, 18 January 2017: The World Tourism Organisation and Japan International Cooperation Agency have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to promote sustainable tourism.
The agreement, undersigned by UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, and JICA executive senior vice president, Kazuhiko Koshikawa, taps JICA’s status as one of the largest global donors supporting sustainable tourism projects.
A key element of the agreement will focus on assisting developing countries to reduce poverty through tourism as well as to improve public policies and business practices. Read more