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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.
23 April 2012 Mediterranean states agree to further tourism cooperation at UNWTO conference
Mediterranean states meeting at a UNWTO Conference on The Future of Mediterranean Tourism have agreed to boost cooperation to maintain the region’s position as the world’s leading tourism destination (Djerba, Tunisia, 16-17 April 2012).  
21 March 2012 Flemish Community among the first regions to measure tourism’s economic impact using the Tourism Satellite Account
The Flemish Community of Belgium has become one of the first regions worldwide to determine the contribution of tourism to its economy using the United Nations approved Tourism Satellite Account (TSA). Results were announced during the official visit of the UNWTO Secretary-General (12-13 March 2012).
13 March 2012 Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism to advance the use of new technologies in mountain tourism
The role of new technologies in snow and mountain tourism will be the focus of the 7th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism, held by UNWTO in collaboration with the Principality of Andorra (La Massana, Andorra, 11-12 April 2012).  
8 March 2012 Spain to host World Tourism Day 2012 under the theme Tourism and Sustainable Energy
The 2012 official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations will be held in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain (27 September 2012). Under the theme “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development”, WTD 2012 highlights the need to bring the tourism sector and energy stakeholders closer together to spur tourism’s contribution to sustainability.
7 March 2012 UNWTO and ETC advance cooperation on tourism issues
UNWTO and the European Travel Commission (ETC) have signed an agreement committing to advance their joint efforts to address major issues facing the tourism sector (Berlin, Germany, 7 March 2012).    
6 March 2012 One billion tourists key to creating jobs and stimulating the economy – UNWTO Secretary-General
The one billion international tourists expected to travel this year are a vital force for economic growth and social welfare said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, opening the ITB Travel Trade Show (Berlin, Germany, 6 March 2012).  
2 March 2012 Serbian President highlights the value of tourism on joining the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign
UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have welcomed Serbian President Boris Tadic’s move to join the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, which brings together heads of state and government that have recognized tourism’s potential for economic growth and development (Belgrade, Serbia, 24 February 2012).
20 February 2012 UNWTO activities at ITB 2012
UNWTO events at this year’s ITB Travel Trade Show include a high-level session on tourism trends in the Mediterranean, the Silk Road Ministers’ meeting, a session on consumer protection and a meeting of the World Tourism Network on Child Protection, among others (Berlin, Germany, 7-11 March, 2012).