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18 December 2014 International tourism on track to end 2014 with record numbers
International tourism is set to hit a new record by the end of 2014 with over 1.1 billion international tourists travelling the world in one single year. During the first ten months of 2014, the number of international tourists grew by 5% according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, rising above expectations. 
17 December 2014 UNWTO and UNESCO to organize first World Conference on Tourism and Culture
The First World Conference on Tourism and Culture will bring together, for the first time, Ministers of Tourism and Ministers of Culture from around the world, experts and stakeholders from both sectors to explore new models of partnership between tourism and culture (Siem Reap, Cambodia, 4-6 February 2015).
28 November 2014 MOU between UNWTO and UnionPay International signed in Shanghai
6 November 2014 Harnessing the Power of One Billion Tourists for a Sustainable Future
Resource efficiency, conservation, and new technologies are the focus of a new international partnership on sustainable tourism (London, United Kingdom, 5 November 2014).
5 November 2014 UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit: the legacy imperative of mega events
Participants at the UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers' Summit stressed that "immense synergies" between mega-events and tourism should be used to generate long-time benefits for the destination and its people (London, United Kingdom, 4 November 2014).
30 October 2014 International tourism shows continued strength
International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5% during the first eight months of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Despite geopolitical challenges and a lingering economic recovery, tourism demand was strong during the northern hemisphere high season of June to August. 
29 October 2014 UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit to address the links between tourism and mega events
The eighth edition of the UNWTO/World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers’ Summit will gather Tourism Ministers and leading tourism experts from all over the world to debate the key issues around tourism and mega events (London, United Kingdom, 4 November 2014).
28 October 2014 UNWTO and Guilin Further Strengthened Their Bilateral Cooperation
28 October 2014 UNWTO commends Japan’s tourism commitment
During an official visit to Japan, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, highlighted the commitment of the Japanese government to the tourism sector and the positive results of tourism in the country. Mr. Rifai met the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to discuss the strengthening of the relationship between UNWTO and Japan and inaugurated the 2014 JATA Tourism Expo in Tokyo (24-26 September 2014).
21 October 2014 UNWTO activities at World Travel Market 2014