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20 June 2012 Green innovation in tourism can trigger major economic, social and environmental benefits
Tourism experts from international organizations, United Nations agencies and the tourism public and private sector have outlined how green innovation in tourism can drive sustainable development by reducing costs, boosting revenue, creating jobs and improving resource efficiency (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 June).
20 June 2012 G20 recognizes Travel & Tourism as a driver of economic growth for the first time and commits to work on travel facilitation
The G20 world leaders have, for the first time, recognized the importance of Travel & Tourism as a driver of jobs, growth and economic recovery.
16 June 2012 UNWTO and WTTC call on the G20 to use tourism's potential for job creation
Ahead of the G20 world leaders’ meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, next week, the UNWTO and WTTC call on the leaders to consider Travel and Tourism as an engine for economic growth and stimulating the global economy. Increasing travel and tourism demand through visa facilitation can be central to stimulating job creation, a priority given the high current unemployment levels.
13 June 2012 Tourism vital to tackling global economic challenges, UNWTO Executive Council
Ministers of tourism and high-ranking officials meeting at the 93rd session of the UNWTO Executive Council have highlighted the role of tourism in addressing continuing challenges in the world economy, from a slowdown in growth to global unemployment (Madrid, Spain, 12-13 June).       
5 June 2012 On World Environment Day, UNWTO launches project to protect biodiversity in Georgia
Celebrating World Environment Day, UNWTO has launched a biodiversity project in Georgia to protect mountain and freshwater ecosystems through tourism.      
22 May 2012 UNWTO welcomes T20 decision to advance visa facilitation
UNWTO welcomes the Declaration issued by the Tourism Ministers of the G20 economies (T20) calling for priority to be given to facilitating travel as a means to boost economic growth and create jobs.
17 May 2012 Visa facilitation can create five million additional jobs in G20 economies
Visa facilitation is central to stimulating economic growth and job creation through tourism. The G20 can have a particularly important role to play in this respect. G20 economies could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, generate an extra US$ 206 billion in tourism exports and create over five million additional jobs by 2015 by improving visa processes, according to preliminary research by UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) presented on the occasion of the T20 Ministers’ Meeting (Merida, Mexico, 16 May 2012). 
10 May 2012 International tourism off to a strong start in 2012
International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5.7% in the first two months of 2012. Demand remained strong in both advanced and emerging economy destinations, despite economic constraints in many of the source markets of Europe and North America.
7 May 2012 International tourism receipts surpass US$ 1 trillion in 2011
In 2011, international tourism receipts exceeded US$ 1 trillion for the first time, up from US$ 928 billion in 2010. In real terms, receipts grew by 3.8%, following a 4.6% increase in international tourist arrivals. An additional US$ 196 billion in receipts from international passenger transport brought total exports generated by international tourism in 2011 to US$ 1.2 trillion.
24 April 2012 We must act together to fight exploitation and human trafficking in tourism, say UN and international partners
24 April 2012 (Vienna) - Taking a firm stand against human trafficking, especially child trafficking, in the tourism sector, the heads of two United Nations bodies today pledged to stamp out this hidden scourge through joint efforts.  Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), also called for concerted global action at every level of society.