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July 25, 2017


(L to R) Xu Jing, UNWTO Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific region; Marcio Favilla, Executive Director for Operational Programmes and Institutional Relations of the United Nations World Tourism Organization; Rolando Cañizal, Undersecretary for Administration and Special Concerns of the Philippine Department of Tourism; John Kesster, UNWTO Statitstician.

Statistical Data on Tourism Leads to “Capacity Building”

By Dean M. Bernardo, eTN Manila. Manila, the Philippines (21 June 2017) – UNWTO – Two days prior to the formal holding of the on-going United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) “International Conference on Tourism Statistics for Sustainable Development,” countries with technical know-how on tourism data generation where in Manila for “capacity building.” UNWTO statistician

Measuring Tourism Data Makes Good Planning

By Dean M. Bernardo, eTN Manila. Manila – The 6th United Nations World Tourism International Conference on Tourism Statistics opened Wednesday morning in the Philippine capital with thousands of delegates from around the world in attendance. The three-day conference aims to determine and achieve a global approach in fulfilling the “Sustainable Development Goals” of all

UNWTO condemns US Administration decision to restore travel restrictions with Cuba

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) expresses its firm resentment over the recently-announced decision by the United States Administration to restore travel restrictions with Cuba. “This represents a step backwards and a strong attack on the freedom of travel,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. “This decision will have limited impact on Cuba’s tourism development, yet it

UNWTO leaders off to Manila: Measuring Sustainable Tourism

UNWTO and WTTC Tourism leaders are in the process of leaving for Manila, Philippines. Sustainable tourism is increasingly relevant in national agendas for its role in fostering economic growth, social inclusiveness and the protection of cultural and natural assets. This is now also recognized at the highest international level with the UN General Assembly having adopted several

CTO helps to strengthen the business performance and overall competitiveness of tourism enterprises in its member countries with Hospitality Assured

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (12 June, 2017) – As part of an on-going partnership with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and its Hospitality Assured (HA) certification programme, the European Union under its Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) programme last month hosted an HA Business Advisor Training Workshop at the Curaçao Chamber of Commerce in Punda,

Prime Minister of Samoa appointed Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by UNWTO during the Ocean Conference

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has appointed the Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017. The ceremony took place in New York on 7 June on the side-lines of the UN Ocean Conference, where among other activities the Prime Minister addressed participants on

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