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19 May 2011 President Schmitt of Hungary: supporting tourism through UNWTO/ WTTC campaign
The President of Hungary, Pál Schmitt, is among the first European heads of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign.
13 May 2011 UN agencies commit to make tourism work for development
Tourism is one of the top three sources of export earnings for nearly half of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and is a priority sector for their further integration in the global economy. The contribution  of tourism in advancing development was addressed during a Special Event on Tourism for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction organized by the recently created UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD), during a major UN conference on LDCs (Istanbul, Turkey, 10 May 2011).
11 May 2011 International Tourism: First results of 2011 confirm consolidation of growth
International tourist arrivals grew by close to 5% during the first months of 2011, consolidating the 7% rebound registered in 2010. According to the April Interim Update of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, growth was positive in all world (sub)regions during January and February 2011, with the exception of the Middle East and North Africa. South America and South Asia led growth (both at +15%), followed by Subsaharan Africa (+13%) and Central and Eastern Europe (+12%).
9 May 2011 UNWTO announces 2011 Ulysses Prize and Awards winners
A travel tool designed to promote accessible tourism in Quebec, Canada and a discovery trail of the ancient Moche civilization of Northern Peru are among the winners of this year’s UNWTO Ulysses Awards. The awards ceremony will be held during the Gala Dinner of the ‘UNWTO Algarve Forum on Tourism and Science: Bridging theory and practice’ (1-3 June 2011) in Vilamoura, Portugal.  
28 April 2011 UNWTO expresses its condolences for the passing of Anatoliy Yarochkin, Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism
31 March 2011 UNWTO congress to debate the future of snow and mountain tourism
Mountain resort professionals, from the Alps to the Rockies, as well as Asian destinations including  the Republic of  Korea, will debate how snow and mountain destinations can respond to current and future challenges, while remaining competitive and sustainable, at the 7th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism (Grenoble, France, 15th -16th September 2011).  
17 March 2011 Free flow of tourists tops the agenda of UNWTO Secretary-General visit to Russia
14 March 2011 UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Summit: Commitment and cooperation to establish a powerful brand
11 March 2011 Tourism a vehicle for gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN reports
8 March 2011 Global Tourism Forum Andorra calls for collective action for a more competitive and responsible tourism