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International Tourism Numbers on the Rise, Says UNWTO

International tourism continues to perform strongly worldwide fuelled by a positive economy, increased air capacity and visa facilitation, according to the UNWTO.

IATA 2036 Forecast: Air Passengers will Nearly Double to 7.8 Billion

IATA's 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast sees 7.8 billion passengers traveling in 2036, a near doubling of the 4 billion air travelers expected to fly in 2017.

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.

WTM 2015: Visa Facilitation Could Benefit Europe’s Economy by €114 bn, ETC says

The European Travel Commission (ETC) called at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London for reform of the way visas are granted to leisure and business travellers.

Private Sector Associations of Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Spain and Portugal Join Forces to Promote European Tourism

SETE, Greece’s umbrella body of private tourism enterprises, has launched a working group with the respective private sector associations of Cyprus, Italy, Spain and Portugal to form the "one voice" that will aim to place tourism high on the EU’s agenda.

ITB 2015: Visa Facilitation, Infrastructure and Marketing: Key Priorities for Silk Road Ministers

Visa facilitation, infrastructure development and marketing were the priorities identified on Wednesday by the 5th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting at ITB to advance transnational routes.

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.

Tourism Priorities Under Greece’s Presidency Of The Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni presented the main tourism priorities under Greece's Presidency of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) at an event held by the Foreign Ministry in Athens on 27 June.

Greece To Update Tourism Agreement With Iraq Signed 33 Years Ago

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni has agreed to update a tourism agreement between Greece and Iraq that was signed back in 1981.

EU Proposes Easier Schengen Visas For Non-EU Travelers

The European Union wants to introduce more flexible visa rules for non-European Union holidaymakers to boost growth and job creation.

T.20 Ministers Commit To Continue Visa Facilitation Improvement

The T.20 Ministers' meeting in London agreed to continue placing visa facilitation as a priority in the aim of stimulating economic growth and generating more jobs through tourism.

Kefalogianni Attends WTM & UNWTO Ministers’ Summit

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni joined tourism ministers from around the world and attended the seventh WTM & UNWTO Ministers’ Summit, held on 5 November, the second day of World Travel Market 2013.

WTM 2013: Tourism Growth Continues Despite Visa, Tax Concerns

UNWTO Secretary General Dr Taleb Rifai said in the first eight months of 2013 aviation grew by 5.1% and will close the year 4% up, ahead of what the UNWTO was predicting earlier this year.
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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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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.

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...

No-Visa Regime Pilot Program For Turks Kicks Off

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) hailed the visa facilitation pilot program launched last month that allows Turkish nationals to visit five Greek Eastern Aegean islands without a relevant visa issued at Greek consulates. HATTA said the development...

Visa Facilitation Connected To Arrivals, Tourism Receipts And Jobs

G20 economies could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, generate an extra $206 billion in tourism exports and create over five million additional jobs by 2015 if visa processes are improved, according to preliminary research presented on the...

Greek Tourism 2010 Overview

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis recently announced that legislation on alternative forms of tourism should be completed this year and expressed his hope that 2011 would be the development year for Greek tourism.