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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.
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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.
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Sustainable Tourism Observatory To Open In South Aegean Region

An observatory on sustainable tourism will be set up in the South Aegean Region to provide all the necessary data to boost growth in Greece, a press release by the Greek Tourism Ministry said. Sustainable tourism observatories gather and report data on the environmental impact of...
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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.
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ITB Berlin 2013 Gives Significant Impetus For Growth

"Once again, ITB Berlin has kicked off the travel season around the globe... This is where the tone is set for the future of travel for a billion people," said Dr. Christian Göke, COO Messe Berlin.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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Athens Tourism Could Benefit From Niche Markets

Over 100 Greek tourism professionals in Athens gained insight last week on the growing markets of youth/student travel and gay travel and how they could attract more visitors from these niche markets to the Greek capital.
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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.
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Greece Hopes To Attract More Chinese Tourists

“In about 10 years time, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Greece is expected to exceed 2.5 million every year,” the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, said last week at the “Crete Meets China” conference in Athens.
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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.
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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.
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Greece Among World’s Popular Tourism Destinations

Statistics on international tourism recently released by the UN World Tourism Organization showed that Greece with 15.5 million visitors in 2012 ranked 17th among the most popular tourism destination in the world.
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1st Euro-Asian Ski Resorts Conference Announced

This October, the UNWTO and the Municipality of Almaty will hold the First Euro - Asian Ski Resorts Conference to stimulate cooperation and knowledge exchange to foster sustainable growth and competitiveness for snow tourism destinations.
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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...
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UNWTO General Assembly Opens In Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Key issues such as visa facilitation, connectivity and accessibility are on the agenda of the over 120 delegations from UNWTO Members States gathering this week at Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe, for the 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly.
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Taleb Rifai Reelected As UNWTO Secretary-General

Taleb Rifai was reelected for a second term as United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General (2014-2017).
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SETE Reelected On UNWTO’s Committee of Affiliate Members

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) was reelected for the ninth time in a row on UNWTO’s Committee of Affiliate Members at the 20th Session of the General Assembly in Livingstone, Victoria Falls. The tenure of the committee is two years and begins in January 2014.
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Mexico, Burkina Faso Official Hosts Of World Tourism Day 2014, 2015

Mexico was selected to be the official host country for World Tourism Day (WTD) 2014 and Burkina Faso for WTD 2015. The respective themes will be “Tourism and Community Development” for 2014, and “One billion tourists, one billion opportunities” for 2015.