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26 April 2018 Joint EU-UNWTO Report Provides Better Understanding of Tourism in the European Union
Madrid, Spain, 26 April 2018 - The new report ‘European Union Tourism Trends’, prepared by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in cooperation with the European Commission, underscores tourism’s major social and economic benefits for 28 countries comprising the European Union (EU). EU destinations welcomed 538 million international overnight visitors in 2017, 40% of the world total. EU accommodation establishments provide over 3 billion nights a year, half of which to domestic guests (residents) and half to international guests. Tourism accounts for 6% of the EU’s overall exports, while the direct contribution of tourism to individual EU economies reaches up to 11% of the GDP.
24 April 2018 UNWTO.TedQual Certification - Akdeniz University
16 April 2018 UNWTO.TedQual Certification - Turiba University
11 April 2018 UNWTO.TedQual Certification - NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
10 April 2018 2nd World Conference on Smart Destinations announced
  Madrid, Spain, 10 April 2018 - The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Government of Spain and the Principality of Asturias are organizing the 2nd UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations (Oviedo, 25-27 June 2018). The Conference will discuss the principles of 21st-century tourism destinations, marked by governance, innovation, technology, sustainability and accessibility.
9 April 2018 Messi appointed Ambassador for Responsible Tourism by the World Tourism Organization
Madrid, Spain, 9 April 2018 - Considered by many the best football player of all times, Lionel Messi joins the World Tourism Organization to promote the value of responsible tourism. The UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, appointed Messi as UNWTO Ambassador for Responsible Tourism this Saturday at Camp Nou in Barcelona, after the match F.C. Barcelona – Leganés.   
5 April 2018 Western Silk Road University Challenge - presentation of results
28 March 2018 UNWTO Secretary General meets Prime Minister of Kazakhstan to strengthen cooperation
Kazakhstan, Astana, 28 March 2018 - The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mr Zurab Pololikashvili, paid an official visit to Kazakhstan where he discussed with national authorities the Kazakh Tourism Strategy 2030.
27 March 2018 Snow and Mountain Tourism faces the challenge of adapting to change
Madrid, Spain, 23 March 2018 - The 10th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism (Andorra, 21-23 March 2018) highlighted the need to adapt tourism accommodation to the expectations of today’s customers and to increase the quality of the traveller’s experience, while identifying knowledge management and hospitality culture as keys to success.
20 March 2018 UNWTO Secretary-General meets Head of Government of Andorra ahead of 10th Congress on Snow and Mountain
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili met today with the Head of the Government of Andorra Antoni Martí i Petit and the Minister of Tourism Francesc Camp ahead of the 10th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism.