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Zika Virus: UNWTO, WTTC Advise Travellers to Follow Health Advisories

Following the World Health Organization's (WHO) statement that the Zika virus is “a public health emergency of international concern”, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) released statements on Tuesday.
Posted On 02 Feb 2016

UNWTO: Visa-free Travel on the Rise

The number of tourists traveling the world visa-free is growing, paving the way for further growth of the sector, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reports.
Posted On 15 Jan 2016

UNWTO Chief Says Diversifying Key to Greece’s Tourism Growth

Diversifying is key to the Greek tourism sector’s growth, Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), said in a recent interview.
Posted On 11 Jan 2016

UNWTO: The International Tourism Community Strongly Condemns the Attacks in Paris

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is deeply shocked by the tragic attacks perpetrated in Paris and expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the French people in this difficult moment.
Posted On 14 Nov 2015

#TastingEurope to Guide Traveling Foodies

The European Travel Commission (ETC) will present Europe’s official portal of food and gastronomy tourism “TastingEurope.com” during the Food Tourism Week to be held at the Milan EXPO on September 28-30.
Posted On 28 Sep 2015

Greece Marks World Tourism Day 2015

On the occasion of World Tourism Day, Greek key tourism figures give their messages to mark the contribution of the sector to Greece's economy.
Posted On 27 Sep 2015

UNWTO: Join Us in Celebrating World Tourism Day

In his official message to the global tourism community for World Tourism Day, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai invites all to join in on the celebration on September 27.
Posted On 24 Sep 2015

UNWTO: 21 Million More International Tourists in First Half of 2015

The number of international tourist arrivals grew by four percent in the first half of 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer announced on Thursday.
Posted On 10 Sep 2015

UNWTO, WTTC on Deadly Bomb Attack in Bangkok

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have expressed their sadness and shock on the bomb attack that took place in the centre of Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, 17 August.
Posted On 18 Aug 2015

UNWTO: International Tourist Arrivals Up 4% in First Four Months of 2015

International tourism demand continued to be robust between January and April 2015 with tourist arrivals increasing 4% worldwide, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.
Posted On 13 Jul 2015

UNWTO and Amadeus Join Forces to Strengthen Technology in Tourism

The UNWTO and Amadeus have joined forces and signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the use of innovative technology in tourism in areas such as education and multi-modality.
Posted On 07 Jul 2015

UNWTO, WTTC Condemn Terrorist Attack in Sousse, Tunisia

At least 28 people at a beachfront Tunisian hotel in Port el-Kantaoui, Sousse, were killed by gunmen on Friday. Terrorists also attacked in France and bombed a mosque in Kuwait on the same day.
Posted On 26 Jun 2015

UNWTO Conference to Address Quality in Mediterranean Destinations

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced that its upcoming second conference on "Destination Management in the Mediterranean" will focus on enhancing the quality of the visitor’s experience through strategic tourism partnerships.
Posted On 29 May 2015

UNWTO: Exports from International Tourism Rise to $1.5 Trillion in 2014

International tourism receipts increased by US$ 48 billion in 2014 to reach a record US$ 1,245 billion. An additional US$ 221 billion was generated from international passenger transport, bringing total exports from international tourism up to US$ 1.5 trillion.
Posted On 15 Apr 2015

2014: Top 10 ‘Biggest Spenders’ in International Tourism

China sits at the top of the list of the world's top international tourism spenders with a 28 percent increase in expenditure in 2014, reaching a total of US$ 165 billion.
Posted On 15 Apr 2015

International Women’s Day: Tourism Sector Can do More to Step it Up on Gender Equality

On the occasion of International Women’s Day on Sunday, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, called upon the tourism sector to step up policies and businesses practices that promote gender equality and women's empowerment.
Posted On 09 Mar 2015

ITB 2015: ‘Technology is Changing the Tourism Sector’

During this year's ITB Berlin, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai underscored how the travel and the technological revolutions are shaping our society and how technology is changing the tourism sector.
Posted On 06 Mar 2015

ITB 2015: UNWTO Pledges Support to Greece

The UN World Tourism Organization fully supports Greek tourism, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai assured Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura during a meeting held on the sidelines of the ITB Berlin.
Posted On 05 Mar 2015

UNWTO Sets Criteria for Hotel Rating System

The second joint UNWTO/Norwegian Accreditation hotel classification report released on Thursday, identifies the common criteria among 4 and 5 star hotels, providing a reference point of international accommodation standards to assist destinations in establishing effective rating...
Posted On 27 Feb 2015

UNWTO: Governments Around the World Recognize Benefits of Visa Facilitation

Visa facilitation has experienced strong progress in recent years, particularly through the implementation of visa on arrival policies, according to UNWTO’s latest Visa Openness Report.
Posted On 18 Feb 2015