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16 April 2015 Global Travel & Tourism leaders set landmark agenda for growth
The leading global Travel & Tourism private sector and government organisations - the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC) - have today launched a commitment for aligned advocacy and action to harness the full potential of the sector to create jobs, drive inclusive growth and foster development.
15 April 2015 Exports from international tourism rise to US$ 1.5 trillion in 2014
International tourism receipts increased by US$ 48 billion in 2014 to reach a record US$ 1,245 billion. An additional US$ 221 billion was generated from international passenger transport, bringing total exports from international tourism up to US$ 1.5 trillion.
13 April 2015 UNWTO and Basque Culinary Center organize the 1st World Forum on Food Tourism
Gastronomy and tourism are natural allies and mutually reinforce one another. The many links between gastronomy and tourism and the opportunities for closer cooperation between both areas will be explored at the 1st UNWTO World Forum on Food Tourism, jointly organized by UNWTO and the Basque Culinary Center (Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, 27-28 April 2015).
24 March 2015 UNWTO saddened by tragic crash of Germanwings airline
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO expresses its sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of the victims onboard.
13 March 2015 UNWTO Secretary-General and Greece’s new Tourism Minister discuss strengthened cooperation
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and the new Minister of Tourism of Greece, Elena Kountoura, met on the occasion of ITB to discuss how to strengthen the collaboration between UNWTO and Greece (Berlin, Germany, 3 March 2015).
8 March 2015 International Women’s Day: Tourism sector can do more to step it up on gender equality
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, calls upon the tourism sector to step up policies and business practices that promote gender equality and women's empowerment.
5 March 2015 Visa facilitation, infrastructure and marketing: key priorities for Silk Road Ministers
Visa facilitation, infrastructure development and marketing were the priorities identified by the 5th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting at ITB to advance transnational routes (ITB Berlin, Germany 4 March 2015).
3 March 2015 The Travel and Technological Revolutions: UNWTO Secretary-General at ITB 2015
In his ITB 2015 opening address, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai highlighted how new technologies are changing society and shaping the tourism sector, shifting power from governments and companies to citizens and consumers. Rifai recalled that with power comes responsibility and highlighted tourism´s capacity to overcome prejudice in an often divided world (ITB Berlin, Germany, 3 March 2015).
26 February 2015 UNWTO report identifies common criteria for 4 and 5 star hotel classification
The new UNWTO report Hotel Classification Systems: Recurrence of Criteria in 4 and 5 Star Hotels, identifies the common criteria among 4 and 5 star hotels, providing valuable insights for destinations wishing to revise existing or establish new hotel classification systems.
25 February 2015 UNWTO activities at ITB 2015
The 5th Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting, community empowerment through tourism and creative industries and the 30th meeting of World Tourism Network on Child Protection are UNWTO’s main activities during the ITB Travel Trade Show 2015 (Berlin, Germany, 4-8 March, 2015).