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March 30, 2017

Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon honoured as champion of tourism

The United Nations General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. For the duration of 2017, the global UN community, across all nations and agencies, will focus on the critical role of Tourism as a vehicle for global unity, opportunity and sustainable advancement of the economies, societies, cultures and


UNWTO welcomes the celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity on ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’

The Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations has chosen ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’ as the theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity. The celebration takes places annually on 22 May. The decision aims at supporting the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development which is being commemorated worldwide throughout 2017.  The International

UNWTO appoints Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa as Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and Chairperson of the Board of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage, Shaika Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, has been appointed as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. In the resolution that adopts the Year, the UN General Assembly


Márcio Favilla presents his papers to UNWTO Secretary General

Márcio Favilla made it official today.  Today in Madrid, Mr. Favillo handed his documents to compete for the UNWTO Secretary General position to current Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. Mr. Favilla Lucca de Paula is currently Executive Director for Competitiveness, External Relations and Partnerships at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) based in Madrid, Spain. He has been in this

UNWTO Secretary General Election: How it works?

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world. The organization is based in Madrid, Spain. UNWTO’s membership includes 157


ETOA statement on incident in Westminster

As you may be aware, an incident, which has been described by the Metropolitan Police as “Terrorist” occurred in Westminster this afternoon. Details of what happened are still emerging. It is obviously a matter of deep concern that people appear to have died, and several more injured. Some of these were visitors. For those not

The Power Of Tourism And Global Unity

Mel Webster, Special to WorldTourismWire The 2016 US election results are still reverberating globally, regardless where in the world one resides. One interesting lesson learned from the recent US Presidential election race is assuming an outcome before the votes are counted is not prudent. A very different and perhaps more thoughtful election is about to

UNWTO Secretary General Race: Final list of candidates

The Secretariat of the World Tourism Organization referring to decision CE/DEC/15(CIV) of the Executive Council at its 104th session (Luxor, Egypt, 30 October – 1 November 2016), on the procedure for the election of the Secretary-General, informs in regards to the election for the post of Secretary-General for the period 2018-2021, that as of 11

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