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UNWTO Elections: Secretary-General Candidates Confirmed

Seven candidates are in the running for the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) for the period 2018-2021.
Posted On 17 Mar 2017

Kountoura: Greece Among Top Destinations for German Tourists in 2017

Following the recent ITB Berlin expo, Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura states that Greece is among the top destinations of German travellers this year.
Posted On 12 Mar 2017

Tourism Opens our Hearts and Minds: UNWTO Secretary-General at ITB Berlin 2017

"Tourism can transform our world and build better understanding in a world living a deficit of tolerance", said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai at the opening ceremony of ITB Berlin.
Posted On 08 Mar 2017

UNWTO Chief Gives Tips on how Greece can Extend Tourism Season

The major way of transforming Greece into a year round destination is to transform the mindsets, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai told GTP.
Posted On 06 Mar 2017

Greece has Potential to be Frontrunner in Sustainable Tourism Development

Greece has the potential to be a frontrunner in sustainable tourism development in the coming years, according to UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.
Posted On 06 Mar 2017

Mission of Experts from Abroad to ‘Count’ Greece’s Tourism Receipts

The UNWTO will send a mission of experts to Greece to examine the discrepancy between the country's international arrivals and tourism earnings in 2016.
Posted On 03 Mar 2017

UNWTO: Year 2017 Looks Promising for Greek Tourism after ‘Impressive Record’ in 2016

UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai says he is by far much more optimistic and full of hope for the future of tourism in Greece.
Posted On 02 Mar 2017

Sustainability, New Platform Tourism Services and Silk Road Focus of UNWTO at ITB 2017

UNWTO activities at ITB 2017 will include the 7th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers Meeting and an event on the New Platform Tourism Services (or the so-called sharing economy).
Posted On 02 Mar 2017

UNWTO Chief to Visit Greece on February 28

At the invitation of Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura, the Secretary General of the UNWTO Taleb Rifai will pay an official visit to Greece.
Posted On 24 Feb 2017

Spain Launches New Stamps Dedicated to Tourism

Two new Spanish stamps, commemorating the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 (IY2017), were recently presented in Madrid.
Posted On 22 Feb 2017

Global Travel Bodies Welcome ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017’

The GTAC, which brings together major global travel associations, welcomed the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.
Posted On 08 Feb 2017

UNWTO Applauds 5-day Visa-free Policy by Belarus to Citizens of 80 States

The UNWTO supports the decision of the Government of Belarus to launch the 5-day visa-free policy that will be applicable to travelers from 80 countries.
Posted On 30 Jan 2017

UNWTO Begins the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The UNWTO recently held an event in the El Pardo Palace in Madrid to celebrate the launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
Posted On 20 Jan 2017

‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017’ Kicks Off

The International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development 2017 was officially opened during the 37th International Tourism Trade Fair FITUR in Madrid.
Posted On 19 Jan 2017

Int’l Tourist Arrivals Up 3.9% in 2016, Experts Optimistic About 2017

2016, the seventh consecutive year of growth of the tourism sector, saw some 46 million more tourist arrivals than in 2015.
Posted On 17 Jan 2017

2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

In 2017 tourism representatives will have 12 months to celebrate and promote the contribution of the tourism sector to building a better world.
Posted On 29 Dec 2016

UNWTO Welcomes EU-China Year of Tourism

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai recently welcomed the forthcoming 2018 EU-China Year of Tourism.
Posted On 23 Dec 2016

UNWTO, European Travel Commission Address Crisis Communications in Tourism

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC) recently co-organized a working session with European countries to discuss crisis communications in tourism.
Posted On 16 Dec 2016

WTM 2016: Minister Kountoura Underlines Importance of Safe and Seamless Travel

Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura recently echoed the sentiments of UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai that tourism brings people together and plays a key role in building peace.
Posted On 14 Nov 2016

UNWTO: Almost 1bn International Tourists in First Nine Months of 2016

Destinations around the world welcomed 956 million international tourists between January and September 2016, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This is 34 million more than in the same period of 2015, a 4 percent increase.
Posted On 11 Nov 2016