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International Tourism Community Shocked by Suicide Bomb Attack in Istanbul

A suicide attacker detonated a bomb in a major shopping and tourist district in Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday. The blast killed at least five people and wounded dozens of others, including 12 foreigners.
Posted On 19 Mar 2016

UNWTO Saddened by FlyDubai Plane Crash in Russia

A FlyDubai airliner, en route from Dubai, crashed in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don early Saturday, killing all 62 people aboard.
Posted On 19 Mar 2016

ITB 2016: Public-private Partnerships Key to Success of Silk Road Tourism

The 6th Silk Road Ministers Meeting held at ITB Berlin last week focused on the role of public and private sector partnerships (PPPs) in the development of tourism along the Silk Road.
Posted On 15 Mar 2016

Ivory Coast: UNWTO Condemns Beach Resort Attacks

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai has condemned the terrorist attacks that reportedly killed 16 people, including four Europeans, and wounded many in Ivory Coast's beach resort town of Grand Bassam on Sunday.
Posted On 13 Mar 2016

ITB 2016: UNWTO Lists Priorities for Tourism

Ensuring safe and seamless travel, enhancing the opportunities brought by technology and accelerating the shift towards a more sustainable sector are the priorities for the sector, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, opening the 50th edition of ITB Berlin on Tuesday, March 8.
Posted On 09 Mar 2016

Can Women in Greek Tourism ‘Make it Happen’?

"You've come a long way, baby” …that’s how US cigarette company Philip Morris marketed its lady-like smokes, the Virginia Slims, to young professional women in 1968. Today, some 48 years later, female empowerment through employment can’t say the same.
Posted On 07 Mar 2016

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