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July 28, 2017

Mzembi: It’s not too late to fix this and it’s not about me…

Last week the Hon. Walter Mzembi,  Chair of the UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa (CAF) and serving Zimbabwe as the minister of Tourism and Hospitality proposed to add items to the agenda of the UNWTO General Assembly and to discuss the UNWTO Secretary General selection and appointment. The next UNWTO General Assembly is set for


Rural Tourism: Sharing the Countryside

(Huzhou, China) – Interest in Asia Pacific rural tourism has spiked in recent decades, much like country retreats did in 19 th -century Victorian England, and for similar reasons. The growing urban Asian population is seeking to escape their pressure-filled, yet often mundane city life, and are increasingly turning to leisure and relaxation holidays in

UNWTO.Themis Foundation trains 15 countries on crisis communications

Representatives from 15 Member States of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) took part in a three-day training course on crisis communications at the headquarters of the UNWTO.Themis Foundation in the Principality of Andorra. The training, organized by UNWTO and the UNWTO.Themis Foundation, aimed to build resilience at tourism destinations by creating capacity to develop and

UNWTO appoints President of Malta as Special Ambassador of International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta, has been nominated as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The appointment took place at a ceremony held at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Headquarters in Madrid. The President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, underlined in her intervention the

PATA maintains leadership in sustainability practices

BANGKOK, July 4, 2017 – PATA’s Bangkok headquarters has retained its EarthCheck Silver-level Sustainability Certification for a second consecutive year. The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) head office team worked with guidance from EarthCheck, a leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for the travel and tourism industry, in the collection and collation of relevant

UNWTO Manila Conference sets roadmap to measure Sustainable Tourism

Nearly 1.000 experts from over 80 countries convened for three days (21-23 June) in Manila, The Philippines at the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics to lay the groundwork for an expanded statistical framework to measure sustainable tourism in its economic, social and environmental dimensions. The outcome ‘Call for Action on Measuring Sustainable Tourism’ represents

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Tourism Development and Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities

The Zimbabwe Minister of Tourism & Hospitality Industry, Hon. Dr. Walter Mzembi spoke on the occasion of the Parliamentary Conservation Caucus Launch on “Tourism Development and Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities on July 19 at the Meikles Hotel, Harare: Transcript: Tourism worldwide is in the export category. It ranks third, behind only fuel and chemicals, and

Turkey has a new tourism minister after parliament reshuffle

The Hon. Numan Kurtulmuş is now the new minister of tourism in Turkey. Tourism is one of the most important foreign exchange earners in Turkey. Turkish controversial president Erdogan decided to fire the previous minister Prof. Dr. Nabi Avci and do a more sympathetic replacement. This was reported by the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet today. Kurtulmus

Bartlett Wants More From Tourist Dollar

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Tuesday, July 11, 2017: With investment in room stock surging ahead of set targets, Minister of Tourism Hon Edmund Bartlett is turning attention to finding ways of retaining more of the tourist dollar in Jamaica.’ “What we want now is capacity building. We want investment in supplying the inputs of tourism; more

Dr. Walter Mzembi launches UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa Report 2017 on ‘Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth’

06 July 2017, Mikel’s Hotel, Harare, Zimbabwe The Officer in Charge – United Nations Information Centre, Ms. Tafadzwa Mwale; The Director of Knowledge and Learning – African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Dr. Thomas Chataghalala Munthali; Members of Diplomatic Corps; UN Agencies here represented; All Dignitaries and Fellow Citizens Tourism is the engine for not only

Caribbean Tourism Organization And Caribbean Development Bank to help region’s tourism sector combat impact of climate change

Region’s tourism development agency to launch climate smart programme with €460,000 grant from Caribbean Development Bank. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (23 June, 2017) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has received a €460,000 grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to implement a project to increase the Caribbean tourism sector’s resilience to natural hazards and climate related

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Zimbabwe wants UNWTO Secretary-General election process discussion at General Assembly in China

UNWTO Secretary General Nominee  Ambassador Zurab Pololikashvili from Georgia will not be confirmed at the upcoming General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization in Chengdu, China without a fight and tough questions. Dr. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality from Zimbabwe made it clear today and sealed his concern and his country is requesting UNWTO to


High Level Taskforce to end sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism meets in Madrid

It started with a reception Wednesday evening in the lobby of the United Nations World Tourism Organization Headquarter in Madrid, followed by yesterday’s action packed one-day meeting of the High-Level Taskforce to end the sexual exploitation of children and tourism met at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid. UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai opened and

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