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December 15, 2017

Archives for September 2016

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai: “Tourism for all!”

MADRID, Spain – Tourism has experienced a revolution in the past 50 years. In 1950 there were 25 million international tourists; today there are around 1.2 billion people travelling the world. Travelling has become a huge part of many lives. When travelling, we come across new people, new sights, and new ideas. Often our perception

Massive endorsements for Mzembi for UNWTO Secretary General post

 Zimbabwe’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Dr Walter Mzembi is in New York for bilateral meetings with various government delegations at the United Nations General Assembly. As part of his engagements, the mercurial Minister and African Union endorsed candidate for the UNWTO Secretary General Post that falls vacant in 2017, received further endorsements at an

Accessible Tourism, theme of World Tourism Day 2016

Tourism for all: people with disabilities, senior citizens and families travelling with small children, and sooner or later all citizens will appreciate the advantages of universal accessibility. This is why UNWTO has chosen to celebrate World Tourism Day 2016 on the theme of accessible tourism. Official celebrations will take place on 27 September in Bangkok,

A Salute to the USA

I am not an American. But on that frightful, horrendous day 15 years ago I became one mentally, psychologically and emotionally. As we all watched the carnage that was created by crazy people, doing crazy things in crazy unimaginable ways. Like the rest of the world I mourned with my American friends, for lives senselessly

Wine Tourism – a growing tourism segment

The link between wine tourism and culture, history and lifestyle and the contribution of this segment to the development of the sector has been widely discussed during the 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism held in the Kahketi region in Georgia. During two days (7-9 September) the event convened over 200 participants including policy

Tourism contribution to sustainable development addressed at the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia

“Safety, security, international cooperation and peace are key factors to ensure the sustainable development of the tourism sector,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, at the Bled Strategic Forum, an annual meeting held in Slovenia. The occasion provided with the opportunity to present the UNWTO/World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism

Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Observatories join the UNWTO Network

Indonesia has joined the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) with the opening of three sustainable tourism observatories, as announced at the PATA Travel Mart 2016 in Jakarta, which position Indonesia as a regional hub for sustainable tourism practices. The observatories, located in the regions of Sesaot, Senggigi Lombok Barat, Pangandaran and Sleman,

WTTC challenges tourism businesses to show how sustainable they are

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) challenges Travel & Tourism organisations to show how sustainable they are by entering their sustainable business initiatives for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2017. David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC said: ?I am pleased to announce that the twenty-eighth annual Tourism for Tomorrow Awards programme is now open

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