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ATEDCO Becomes Official Tourism Organization

The Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company (ATEDCO) recently became an official member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and sealed its role as an official tourism body of the city.

Tourism Forum on Rodos

The Third International Rhodes Tourism Forum, organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Dodecanissos and the Association for the Development and Progress of the Dodecanissos, will be held on Rodos 24-25 October.

Carbon Neutral Participants Star at UNWTO Conference

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has requested that all participants of the forthcoming International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism to register with carbon offsetting organizations. The conference is to be held next month at Davos, Switzerland.

Greek Tourism Gets Organized on the WWW

Greek tourism has been offered a unique opportunity to benefit from a more organized worldwide online promotion through the adoption of the ".travel" domain ending for destinations, organizations and travel companies.

Another Record Year for World Tourism

With 842 million arrivals and a 4.5% growth rate, 2006 exceeded expectations as the tourism sector continued to enjoy above average results, making it a new record year for the industry. The latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer figures suggest that 2007 will consolidate this...

World Travel Market 2007 Breaks All Records

World Travel Market 2007 proved a great success and "broke all records," according to the organizer, who recently revealed un-audited figures. WTM is a four-day travel industry event held in London annually, which brings together worldwide buyers and sellers from every sector of...

Tourism Summit in Bali Against Climate Change

Politicians from all over the world, including Greece, met in Bali, Indonesia, between December 3 and 14 for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. At the conference, secretary general of the World Tourism Organization, Francesco Frangialli, committed the tourism sector to...

Tourism Industry Supports World Tourism Day Themes

After the success of the World Tourism Day 2007 theme "Tourism opens doors for women," the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) general assembly recognized the importance of the themes and established the campaign as an annual event so as to raise awareness on the...

Greece Leads Tourism Committee

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos announced Greece would lead the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Committee for Sustainable Development of Tourism for the next four years on the occasion of World Environment Day (June 5). This decision was taken...

World Tourism Day 2007 Focus on Women

On the occasion of World Tourism Day 2007 a think tank was hosted in Bentota (Sri Lanka) supported by the World Tourism Organization under the theme "Tourism Opening Doors for Women."

New Name for World Tourism Organization

After the transformation of the World Tourism Organization into a specialized agency of the United Nations, the tourism organization now refers to itself as UNWTO. It's newly-elected secretary general - till the end of 2009 - Francesco Frangialli, said because the acronym WTO was...

Tourism Code of Ethics for Travel Advisories

A country's ill-written travel advisory could be extremely damaging for tourism to the pertinent destination. Fortunately, one of the issues that emerged from the World Tourism Organization's tourism code of ethics is the proper drafting of travel advisories.

International Tourism on Track for Another Strong Year

An estimated 460 million international tourist arrivals were recorded worldwide in the first seven months of 2005. This represents an increase of some 25 million arrivals compared with the respective period of 2004, or 5.9% growth, according to the preliminary data gathered for...

Tourism Organization Warns Against Unnecessary Health Scare

The WTO is to meet with the World Health Organization to combat the looming threat of an avian flu epidemic, which could have a serious impact on international tourism. "We must ensure that people are not deterred from traveling without good reason," said WTO Secretary-General...

World Tourism Continues to Grow

Worldwide tourism results for 2005 show a continuation of the overall positive trend of 2004, with international tourist arrivals growing on average by eight per cent in the first four months, according to the recently released June edition of the WTO World Tourism Barometer.

New Travel Domain Announces Priority Deadline

The ".travel" Registry, owned by Tralliance Corporation, New York, in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization, has affirmed a priority right to the nations of the world to register their respective country, cities, and place names in the .travel Registry.

Greece Outshined Competitors at ITB

For the first time in memory, Greece held its head high at a world travel exhibition and showed the world its capabilities. The Greek pavilion, with its avid colors, wide-open spaces, and design continuity, outshone its Mediterranean competitors, not only with its design but also...

New Possibilities for Greece’s Ecotourism Sector

A step taken last month by the Greek government opens new possibilities for the country's Ecotourism sector. Ecotourism, a sub-category of sustainable tourism, is considered the fastest growing market in the tourism industry, according to the World Tourism Organization, with an...

Tourism Sector Lacks Pertinent Data

The decision making process for most business enterprises and for the formation of a general economic sector policy, such as a tourism policy, begins with the attempt to obtain as much data as possible.

World Conference to Promote Satellite Account Method

The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) is not only about statistics, it is much more, providing concrete proof that tourism is one of the most important economic sectors and, thus, indispensable in today's world.