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New Report on Health Tourism Launched

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Madrid, Spain, 27 December 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the European Travel Commission (ETC) have launched a new report on health tourism. As part of their joint research programme, the study is the first attempt to set ...

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UNWTO Awards Finalists Announced

UNWTO award trophies

Madrid, Spain, 21 December 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced the finalists to win the 15th UNWTO Awards, which recognize inspirational projects that have made an invaluable contribution to advance sustainable tourism. The nominees are praised for ...

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Managing Urban Overtourism

MADRID, Spain, 18 September 2018 – A new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) report aims to help manage growing urban tourism flows and their impact on cities and residents. ‘Overtourism’? Understanding and Managing Urban Tourism Growth Beyond Perceptions’, was launched today ...

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UNWTO Call To Action: Driving Transformation in Tourism

Put yourself in the shoes of the 20th Century traveller; just a couple of years ago, the avid explorer would watch interesting programmes on TV or head to the library to research destinations. Then they’d head to a travel agent ...

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Record 2017 Year For World Tourism

MADRID, Spain, 27 August 2018 – International tourist arrivals grew 7% in 2017, the highest increase since 2010, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest collection of Tourism Highlights. Growth in arrivals was echoed by a strong increase in ...

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Saint Ange on Seychelles Tourism Report #15

Change, for the benefit of the country, and change for the betterment of the People is necessary to avoid stagnation, which is often the result of the same old record playing for much too long. This statement leads to my ...

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Tourism Growth is Not the Enemy

In recent months, reports from around the world have spoken of ‘tourism-phobia’, showing pictures of citizens protesting against the ‘invasion of tourists’ and the expulsion of locals by tourism businesses. But tourism growth is not the enemy; it’s how we ...

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The UNWTO Secretary-General Election Fiasco

When I wrote ’The Race for UNWTO Secretary-General’ on 11 April, I had high hopes on the Seychelles candidate Alain St.Ange winning the race. At the time, I could not have foreseen that this esteemed institution would become embroiled in ...

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UNWTO Launches Responsible Use of Ratings and Reviews

Tourism stakeholders convened in Krakow, Poland, from 26-28 April for the 13th World Tourism Organization International Congress on Ethics to underline the need to continue advancing the ethical framework of the sector. The Krakow Conference has served to present the ...

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The Race for UNWTO Secretary-General

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) announced the names of seven candidates who will be competing in the race for the top tourism industry post of Secretary-General to replace Taleb Rifai when his term ends in December this year. ...

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UNWTO Announces Secretary-General Candidates

UNWTO Secretary General Candidates 2017

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has officially announced the names of the seven candidates who will be competing in the race for the top post of Secretary-General to replace Taleb Rifai when his term ends in December this ...

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South African Heads World’s Guides

The World Federation of Tourist Guides Associations has appointed a South African tourist guide as its new President. Alushca Ritchie, a registered tourist guide for the Western Cape, was appointed to head the internationally recognised body at the 17th biennial ...

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PMAESA Endorses Alain St.Ange for UNWTO Top Post

The Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA), based in Mombassa, Kenya, has pledged its support of Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the post of Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Ports are an ...

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Camaraderie in Race for UNWTO Top Post

A wonderful demonstration of ethics and values was evident at the launch of the campaign hosted by the Brazilian Ambassador in Spain for the upcoming elections for the post of Secretary-General for the UNWTO by Marcio Favilla at the Brazil ...

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Seychelles Candidate for UNWTO Secretary General heads for Madrid

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the position of Secretary-General of the UNWTO, left the Seychelles on Monday afternoon via Ethiopian Airlines and arrived in Madrid last night, ready to present his official documents and formalise his candidature this week. As he ...

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New Year Message from UNWTO

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. ...

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Nearly One Billion Tourists Globally

Destinations around the world welcomed 956 million international tourists between January and September 2016. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, this is 34 million (4%) more than the same 2015 period. By Rut Gomez Sobrino. Demand for international ...

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Global Tourist Arrivals Up 4%

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 4% between January and June 2016 compared to the same period last year. Destinations worldwide received 561 million international tourists (overnight visitors), 21 million more than ...

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Thomson Safaris Partners with AWF

As the plight of wildlife in Africa becomes increasingly dire, partnership will boost education and empower tourists to give back. On Sunday, September 27, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will celebrate World Tourism Day under the theme “1 ...

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Adventure Tourism Growth

The latest edition of UNWTO‘s ‘Global Report on Adventure Tourism’ cites Visa Facilitation as one of the most important areas to adventure tourism growth for destinations, writes Des Langkilde. In the foreword to Volume nine of the UNWTO’s ‘Global Report ...

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