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September 23, 2017


UNWTO deeply saddened by the devastating earthquake in Mexico

The World Tourism Organization expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of all those affected by the earthquake in Mexico. “Today the whole tourism community is with Mexico and its people. We stand ready to support Mexico and its people in this difficult moment” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. “A top world tourism

22nd UNWTO General Assembly in China: a week of important achievements

The approval of the Chengdu Declaration on Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals, the adoption of the Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics and the appointment by consensus of Zurab Pololikashvili as Secretary-General for 2018-2021 were only some of the achievements of the 22nd session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), held

Hurricane Irma and Caribbean tourism: A Special Meeting at the UNWTO GA

Initiated by Jamaica’s minister of Tourism Edward Bartlett, a Special Meeting was organized on the occasion of the UNWTO’s 22nd General Assembly in to discuss how to support the destinations affected by Hurricane Irma and the earthquake that struck the southern coast of Mexico. Combining a press conference discussing the upcoming sustainable tourism conference in

UNWTO General Assembly: See you in St. Petersburg in 2019!

Saint Petersburg in Russia has been selected to be the host of the 23rd session of the UNWTO General Assembly in 2019. The selection was made at the 22nd session, currently being conducted in Chengdu, China. Widely admired for its majestic architecture, cultural richness and historical significance, Saint Petersburg includes treasures within the art collections

2017 UNWTO Video Competition: And the winners are..

UNWTO unveiled the winners of the 2017 Video Competition at the 22nd General Assembly held in Chengdu, China. Taking the People’s Choice Award was Indonesia. Regional winners were: Africa – Tunisia   Americas – Chile   East Asia and the Pacific – Indonesia   Europe – Greece   Middle East – Egypt   South Asia

Historic decision:UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics approved

The member States of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) approved today an historical document – the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics. The Convention, approved at the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly transforms the Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention, the first in the life of the Organization. The Convention covers the responsibilities of

Smart tourism trends tackled at UNWTO General Assembly

The ‘smart’ concept has reached almost everything around us: phones, watches, cars… and also destinations. Smart tourism has taken center stage at the 22nd session of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly, currently taking place in Chengdu, China. The GA Special Session on Smart Tourism builds on the 1st UNWTO World Conference on Smart

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