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27 September 2013 World Tourism Day on “Tourism and Water”: greater efforts on water preservation needed
27th of September marks the United Nations´ calendar day highlighting tourism, a sector that is driving socioeconomic growth and development all over the world. On World Tourism Day 2013, dedicated to “Tourism and Water – Protecting Our Common Future” in line with the International Year of Water Cooperation, stakeholders called for greater global efforts in water preservation.
20 September 2013 Countdown to World Tourism Day 2013
With one week left until World Tourism Day (WTD) on 27 September, preparations are on the final stretch in the Maldives, the host of this year’s official celebrations, and in many countries around the world around the 2013 theme, “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”.
17 September 2013 Experts and political leaders call for placing tourism as key in sustainable development of Islands
Over 150 participants from 30 countries gathered in St Denis, La Reunion, at the UNWTO/Government of France Conference on Sustainable Development of Tourism in Islands, and called for tourism to be placed as a key element in the debate on sustainable development in Islands (Réunion Island, France, 11-13 September 2013).
14 September 2013 UNWTO partners with JATA to advance tourism in Asia and the Pacific
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA). The agreement, signed on the occasion of JATA Travel Showcase 2013, aims to reinforce the knowledge and positioning of the tourism sector in Asia and the Pacific (Tokyo, Japan, 13 September 2013)
12 September 2013 UNWTO Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Islands Opens in La Reunion
The role of tourism in Island Destinations as a means to promote economic growth and sustainable development is the main topic of the Conference on Sustainable Development of Tourism in Islands, organized jointly by UNWTO and the government of France (Réunion Island, France, 11-13 September 2013).
11 September 2013 UNWTO shows full support to the Vanilla Islands
UNWTO has expressed its full support to the newly created Vanilla Islands Tourism Organization as a means to reinforce tourism competitiveness in the islands of the Indian Ocean (Reunion Island, France, 10 September 2013).
5 September 2013 Pascal Lamy to chair the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
The 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly unanimously approved the designation of Mr. Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), as the new Chairman of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics.
29 August 2013 Taleb Rifai reelected as UNWTO Secretary-General
26 August 2013 UNWTO General Assembly opens in Victoria Falls
The global tourism community gathers this week at Victoria Falls for the 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly. Visa facilitation, connectivity and accessibility will be key topics at this Assembly, aiming to advance tourism´s sustainable growth (Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe, 24 – 29 August 2013).
26 August 2013 International tourism demand exceeds expectations in the first half of 2013
International tourist arrivals grew by 5% during the first half of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012, reaching almost 500 million, according to data just released by UNWTO. Growth was above the projection made at the beginning of the year (+3% to +4%) and is also exceeding the trend of the UNWTO long-term outlook Tourism Towards 2030 (+3.8% a year).