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September 24, 2017


12 months to define the future of the tourism sector

Since the designation in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IYSTD), a lot has happened. Governments have supported measures to advance sustainability policies, the private sector has progressively engaged in the cause, and travelers have been called upon to be more aware of

UNWTO launches report on New Platform Tourism Services

Understand, rethink and adapt – a UNWTO Report on New Platform Tourism Services was presented at the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu, China. New platform services, or the so-called sharing economy, remain one of the game changers for the tourism sector. The topic was discussed at the UNWTO General Assembly’s special session on smart tourism,

Ministerial tree planting at UNWTO General Assembly

The first day of the General Assembly has served to welcome all delegates coming from more than 130 countries, but also to celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. One of the events in that framework has been planting trees in the Guixi Park East, in Chengdu. The Secretary General of the World

Welcome new UNWTO Members

Somalis and the Union of Comoros are now new full UNWTO members. The membership application for Palestine is postponed for a decision at the next UNWTO General Assembly in 2018

2017 set to become eighth year of solid growth in tourism

Tourism figures for the first 6 months of 2017 confirm that the sector is set for its eighth year of consecutive solid growth since the economic crisis of 2009. In the first half of 2017, international tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 6% compared to the same period last year. 598 million international tourists, 36 million

International tourism – strongest half-year results since 2010

Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the first six months of 2017, some 36 million more than in the same period of 2016. At 6%, growth was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010. Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect

The World Tourism Organization joins forces with the World Tourism Cities Federation

As tourism has become a powerful engine for the local economic and social development of cities, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has partnered with the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) to develop an instrument that can measure the performance of the sector in metropolitan areas. Under the title ‘UNWTO-WTCF City Tourism Performance Research’ the project will

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