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4 January 2017 FITUR 2017: UNWTO with a focus on sustainability and tourism in Africa and in the MENA region
The International Tourism Fair in Spain (FITUR), taking place on January 18-22 in Madrid, comprises a number of events organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Activities will have a special focus on sustainable tourism, including the official presentation of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 on January 18.
3 January 2017 The Year Ahead: harnessing the power of tourism to build a better world
Dear friends, I write to you as I begin my final year as UNWTO Secretary-General, a position I have been privileged to hold for almost seven years at an Agency I have been proud to serve for the past decade. During this time I have seen tourism become one of the world’s most important and impactful socio-economic sectors of our times. I have seen its growing relevance to the lives of millions around the world, to the preservation of our common values and to greater understanding among people of all walks of life.
29 December 2016 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
12 months to celebrate and promote the contribution of the tourism sector to building a better world. This is the major goal of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 that will start in few days. 
5 December 2016 International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 garners support from the sector
Only few weeks ahead of the official launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, set to take place on the 18 of January 2017 in Madrid, Spain, representatives from various tourism industries and beyond have joined UNWTO to support the celebrations of this important event. 
21 November 2016 Training Programme on Tourism Capacity Building for Government & Public Officials organised by the newly established Global Centre for Tourism Education and Training of IFT
14 November 2016 Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture visits IFT Taipa Campus and meets overseas tourism officials attending Professional Training Programme organised by IFT and UNWTO
10 November 2016 5th Global Tourism Economy Forum and the UNWTO/GTERC Asia Tourism Trends 2016 Edition
9 November 2016 DOT and UNWTO sign agreement on the holding of the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics
21 October 2016 10th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook commences in Guilin, China
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the People’s Government of Guilin of China celebrate between 20-22 October the 10th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook. The theme of this special 10th anniversary edition is ‘Tourism 10:10 - Looking back to look forward’.
20 October 2016 4th World Tourism Conference focuses on the ‘tourists first’ – improving the visitors experience
Malaysia, the second most visited destination in South East Asia, has hosted the 4th edition of the World Tourism Conference (WTC) jointly organized between the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC).