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12 December 2013 International tourism an engine for the economic recovery
In the first nine months of 2013, international tourism grew by 5% according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The number of international tourist arrivals reported by destinations around the world increased by some 41 million between January and September, growing above UNWTO’s initial forecast and creating an important stimulus to the receiving economies.
11 December 2013 UNWTO Awards finalists for innovation in tourism announced
The finalists of the 2013 UNWTO Ulysses Awards for Innovation in Tourism, one of the three categories in the annual UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, have been announced today (Madrid, 11 December 2013).
5 December 2013 Research and education, the backbone of sustainable tourism development
4 December 2013 Cambodia’s Prime Minister accepts Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
The Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, affirmed tourism´s role as an important agenda item for the sustainable development of Cambodia´s tourism as he became the 13th Head of State in Asia to receive the UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism (Cambodia, 31 October 2013).
29 November 2013 Viet Nam hosts 1st International Conference on Spiritual Tourism
28 November 2013 UNWTO and UNESCO join hands in sustainable tourism promotion
UNWTO and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) forged a new cooperation agreement consolidating efforts on sustainable tourism and the protection of natural and cultural heritage (26 November 2013, New York, USA).
18 November 2013 Laos Prime Minister receives Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
The Prime Minister of Laos, Thongsing Thammavong, acknowledged tourism as central to the agenda of the government of Laos when accepting the UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism from UNWTO Secretary-General, in support of mainstreaming the sector in the national and international agendas.
12 November 2013 UNWTO calls for support to the Philippines
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the devastating impact of typhoon Haiyan which hit an important part of the Visayas region in the Philippines. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims and to the Government of the Philippines.
11 November 2013 T.20 Ministers commit to continue working to improve visa facilitation
The T.20 Ministers´ meeting in London agreed to continue placing visa facilitation as a priority in the aim of stimulating economic growth and generate more jobs through of tourism. (London, United Kingdom, 4 November 2013).
8 November 2013 UNWTO Affiliate Members elect new Chair