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30 June 2011 International tourism maintains momentum despite challenges
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.5% in the first four months of 2011, despite new challenges emerging since the beginning of the year. According to the latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, growth was positive in all regions with the exception of the Middle East. Some subregions achieved double-digit growth: South America (+17%), South Asia (+14%) and South-East Asia (+10%).
29 June 2011 World Tourism Day 2011 Photo Competition Now Open
29 June 2011 UNWTO presents overview of international tourism in 2010
27 June 2011 Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki highlights tourism’s cultural benefits upon joining UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders Campaign
Joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, President Mwai Kibaki recognized tourism as “a great opportunity to learn from one another and share different traditions and cultures” (Nairobi, Kenya, 23 June).
22 June 2011 President Yudhoyono of Indonesia: first Asian head of state to join UNWTO/WTTC global campaign
The President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has become the first Asian head of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign.
22 June 2011 UNWTO Executive Council endorses efforts to better position tourism in the global agenda
UNWTO Member States attending the 90th Session of the UNWTO Executive Council have expressed their support for UNWTO’s activities aimed at positing tourism higher in the global political and economic agenda (19-21 June, Mombasa, Kenya). 
20 June 2011 Tourism – Linking Cultures: UNWTO launches World Tourism Day 2011
World Tourism Day 2011 will be celebrated under the theme Tourism – Linking Cultures, an opportunity to highlight tourism’s role in bringing the cultures of the world together and promoting global understanding through travel (27 September 2011).
9 June 2011 UN Women’s head commends tourism as engine for gender equality
On her first visit to Spain as Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet visited UNWTO headquarters in Madrid to strengthen collaboration between the two UN bodies in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the tourism sector.
1 June 2011 Local communities to secure bigger benefits from tourism
Ensuring that the social and economic benefits of tourism reach local communities was at the heart of the first ‘UNWTO Seminar on Tourism Ethics for Asia and the Pacific: Responsible Tourism and its Socio-Economic Impact on Local Communities’. The Seminar took place in parallel with the 10th meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (12-13 June, Bali, Indonesia).
19 May 2011 President Schmitt of Hungary: supporting tourism through UNWTO/ WTTC campaign
The President of Hungary, Pál Schmitt, is among the first European heads of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign.