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  • Friday, November 10th 2017 - 17:46 UTC

    Strong tourism demand during the boreal summer; arrivals in July/August totaled over 300 million

    “Tourism is a major economic engine and employment generator, contributing to the improvement of livelihoods of millions of people” stated Taleb Rifai

    Demand for international tourism remained strong during the Northern Hemisphere summer peak season. International tourist arrivals in July and August totaled over 300 million for the first time ever according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Many destinations reported double-digit growth, in particular in the Mediterranean.

  • Saturday, October 7th 2017 - 19:35 UTC

    Argentina hosts UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism in Mendoza

    “The involvement of UNWTO, means we can assert that the whole world convenes in Mendoza to support tourism in Argentina” minister Gustavo Santos said.

    To highlight the relevance of wine and gastronomy as key components of tourism development, the 22nd UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism was held in Mendoza, Argentina on 29-30 September. The Conference was co-organized by UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Argentina, in collaboration with the Region of Mendoza and the Chamber of Tourism of Argentina.

  • Thursday, September 28th 2017 - 05:11 UTC

    “Sustainable Tourism, a Tool for Development”, message by Taleb Rifai

    Last year alone, 1235 million travelers crossed international borders in one single year. By 2030, this 1.2 billion will become 1.8 billion.

    In 2017, the celebration of this Tourism World Day (September 27) focuses on how sustainable tourism can contribute to development and it is held in Doha (Qatar).

  • Sunday, September 17th 2017 - 08:38 UTC

    UNWTO newly-formed Disaster Recovery Working Group for the Affected States in the Caribbean.

     UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai (second right) addresses UNWTO delegates, primarily from the Caribbean region, who were impacted by recent severe natural disasters

    The program was formed to meet the needs of member states that have been recently impacted by powerful natural disasters such as hurricanes, tropical storms and earthquakes .Speaking at a special meeting of the newly convened recovery program, Secretary General of the UNWTO, Taleb Rifai said, “We cannot just stand still – it is not right.

  • Thursday, January 19th 2017 - 07:27 UTC

    World tourists reached 1.2bn last year, speared by Asians; Europe hit by security fears

    The number of Asians discovering both their own region and the rest of the world rose 8% compared to 2015, according to WTO

    The number of international tourists rose by four percent worldwide to 1.2 billion in 2016 as Asians traveled more, but security fears hit visitor arrivals in Europe, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) said. This represents the seventh consecutive year of growth since 2009, when global tourism figures declined four percent as the financial crisis and an outbreak of swine flu saw cash-strapped people stay at home.

  • Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 08:17 UTC

    Accessible Tourism, theme of World Tourism Day 2016

    “All of the world’s citizens have the right to experience the incredible diversity this planet has to offer” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

    Tourism for all: people with disabilities, senior citizens and families travelling with small children, and sooner or later all citizens will appreciate the advantages of universal accessibility. This is why UNWTO has chosen to celebrate World Tourism Day 2016 on the theme of accessible tourism. Official celebrations will take place on 27 September in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Monday, January 25th 2016 - 09:56 UTC

    Tourists' arrivals grew 4.4% last year and forecasted to increase 4% this year

    “The robust performance of the sector is contributing to economic growth and job creation in many parts of the world”, said WTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

    International tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1,184 million in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 50 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled to international destinations around the world last year as compared to 2014. 2015 marks the 6th consecutive year of above-average growth, with international arrivals increasing by 4% or more every year since the post-crisis year of 2010.

  • Monday, September 28th 2015 - 10:05 UTC

    “One billion tourists, one billion opportunities”, UN message on World Tourism Day

    “As a leading employment sector, tourism provides important livelihood opportunities helping to alleviate poverty and inclusive development”, said Ban

    Marking the observance of World Tourism Day, senior United Nations officials are spotlighting the transformative potential of one billion tourists and their increasing capacity to help boost socio-economic and environmental development.

  • Friday, July 24th 2015 - 20:21 UTC

    Tourism as a tool for development under-financed, claims Taleb Rifai

    UNWTO chief underlined that tourism has been identified by half of the world´s Least Developed Countries as a priority instrument for poverty reduction.

    Tourism’s underrepresentation in international financing for development flows remains a critical hurdle to overcome in order to fully deploy its development potential. Despite being a high impact economic activity, a major job generator and key export sector accounting for 6% of total world trade, tourism receives only 0.78% of the total Aid for Trade (AfT) disbursements and a mere 0.097% of the total Official Development Assistance (ODA).

  • Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 08:37 UTC

    Tourism in South America reported strongest growth in Jan-April period

    The Americas (+6%) led growth, followed by Europe, while by subregion South America and Oceania boasted the strongest increase (both +8%)

    International tourism demand continued to be robust between January and April 2015 with tourist arrivals increasing 4% worldwide according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Almost all regions enjoyed strong growth with the Americas leading growth and by sub-region, Oceania and South America boasted the strongest increase (both +8%), followed by the Caribbean and Central and Eastern Europe (both +7%)