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All Eyes On Global Economy at World Travel Market ‘08

World Travel Market 2008 focused on global travel trends, responsible tourism, and travel technology.

Mixed Forecasts For Greek Tourism

“It is unrealistic to expect an increase in arrivals to Greece this year,” Taleb Rifai, the secretary general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said last month during a joint press conference in Athens with Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos.

Schengen Visa Regime Topic Of Debate In Athens

“The commission is looking into the issue of long waiting lines to obtain a visa, but also member states do not put their money where their mouths are as they should include more staff in consulates,” argued Diederik Paalman, deputy head of the visa policy unit of the European...

GNTO Celebrates 60th Birthday

“The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) is a historical organization that today the country needs more than ever,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos said during the organization’s 60-year anniversary event held in late March at the Acropolis Museum.

UNWTO To Advance Common Agenda On Visa

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, last month called on the tourism sector to unite around the issue of travel facilitation as a means to stimulate demand and, as a result, create jobs.

ITB Berlin 2012 Branded A Success

Over 2,200 more trade visitors than last year and an outstanding climate for business was among the positive conclusions made at this year’s ITB.

UNWTO Optimistic On Greek Tourism

“Greece has returned. Greece is making a dynamic comeback and we can confirm this," UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai said while citing official data during the first International Congress on Ethics and Tourism that took place in Madrid, Spain, 15-16 September.

UNWTO Launches Online Campaign For Tourists

The UNWTO has launched the "One Billion Tourists: One Billion Opportunities" online campaign and is asking the public to vote for the travel tip they believe would have the greatest benefit for the people and places they visit, from using public transport to buying locally, and...

UPDATE: Ministers’ Summit Focuses On Lifting Travel Barriers At WTM 2012

The coordination between tourism and other governmental portfolios – home affairs, finance, transport or infrastructure – was unanimously pointed out as key to addressing current obstacles to stronger tourism growth during the 6th UNWTO/World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers’ Summit...
UNWTO’s symbolic one-billionth tourist, Mrs Dale Sheppard-Floyd. Source: UNWTO facebook page.

International Tourism Hits One Billion

“Today, we welcome the symbolic arrival of the one-billionth tourist,” UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, said today, Thursday, 13 December 2012. One billion tourists have traveled the world in 2012, marking a new record for international tourism.
Chios, Greece.

Ecotourism Key To Eradicating Poverty And Protecting Environment

In a significant acknowledgment of tourism as a tool for promoting sustainable development, the UN General Assembly recently unanimously adopted a resolution stressing ecotourism’s role in the fight against poverty and the protection of the environment.

International Tourism To Continue Robust Growth In 2013

International tourist arrivals grew by 4% last year to reach 1.035 billion, up from 996 million in 2011, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Demand held well throughout the year, with a stronger than expected fourth quarter.

Greece Gets Ready For ITB Berlin 2013

Greece’s new communication approach to international markets will be displayed at leading travel trade show ITB Berlin taking place this week from Wednesday 6 March to Sunday 10 March at the Messe Berlin International Convention Center.

Greece To Open First European Sustainable Tourism Observatory Under UNWTO Auspices

A Memorandum of Cooperation for the establishment of a National Sustainable Tourism Observatory in Greece, was signed by Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, today, 27 March, in Izmir, Turkey.

Kefalogianni To Speak At World Tourism Forum In Switzerland

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni will depart for Switzerland today, Tuesday, 16 April, to attend the 3rd World Tourism Forum that begins tomorrow in Lucerne (17-19 April).

Minister Presents Greek Tourism At Forum In Switzerland

“Despite the global economic crisis, the Greek tourism products are resilient,” Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said yesterday, 17 April, during a session of the 3rd World Tourism Forum taking place in Lucerne, Switzerland.

UNWTO Awards 2013 – Call For Nominations

UNWTO is inviting submissions for the 2013 Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, which acknowledge the achievements of exceptional leadership in the sector.

World Tourism Day 2013 To Focus On Water Preservation

Centered on the theme "Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future," World Tourism Day 2013 will underline tourism's responsibility and needed commitment to preserving the world's vital water resources.

An Extra 12 Million International Tourists In The First Four Months Of 2013

International tourist arrivals grew by 4.3 percent in the first four months of 2013 to reach a total of 298 million, up from 286 million, despite a challenging global economic environment, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

International Tourism Demand Exceeds Expectations In First Half Of 2013

International tourist arrivals grew by five percent during the first half of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012, reaching almost 500 million, according to data just released by UNWTO. The organization forecasts 2013 to end at four percent or slightly above, thus exceeding...