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Monday 12 September

International conference to spotlight the regional impact of tourism

PR No.: 
PR11052
Madrid
15 Jun 11

Issues of special importance to regional tourism, including how to analyzetourism flows and maximize their economic  impact, will be presented at the 2nd International Conference on the Measurement and Economic Analysis of Regional Tourism  (27-29 October, Bilbao, Spain).

The Conference aims to promote more informed and effective policy design at the regional level, through research on economic impacts and territorial relations, as well as the application of new technologies for the measurement of tourism flows. It thus serves as an important forum for knowledge exchange among all tourism sector academics, professionals, enterprises and institutions involved with regional/local tourism destinations.

The central themes of the Conference are:

 

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UNWTO launches new energy efficiency project in Indonesia

PR No.: 
PR11051
Jakarta
13 Jun 11

UNWTO and the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT) have launched a new energy efficiency project in Indonesia. The project, “Sustainable Tourism through Energy Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in Pangandaran” (STREAM), aims to serve as a model of innovative climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in tourism destinations in Indonesia and South-East Asia. 

The project will implement climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in Pangandaran – a popular tourism destination in Java, Indonesia – adopting an energy efficiency approach, while strengthening local structures for the long-term success of the destination.

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1st International Congress on Ethics and Tourism

Location

Madrid
Spain
40° 25' 0.0876" N, 3° 42' 1.242" W
Approve event: 
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15 September 2011 - 16 September 2011

The 1st International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, held in Madrid, Spain, on 15-16 September 2011 was jointly organized by the Spanish General Secretariat of Tourism and Domestic Trade and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in light of the acknowledged importance of developing more responsible and ethical tourism worldwide. Taking place a decade after the adoption of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism by the UN General Assembly, the Congress called for the intensification of efforts to place ethics at the core of tourism development.

Featuring international speakers of the highest level, the Congress on Ethics and Tourism brought together experts and high-profile public and private tourism stakeholders in panels on: the role of ethical frameworks in responsible tourism development; the promotion of equality and the fight against exploitation; poverty reduction; sustainable development; and corporate social responsibility. 

Fourteen of Spain’s most prominent tourism businesses also signed Commitments to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and ECPAT's Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism, on the second day of the Congress. In signing these Commitment, the companies pledged to uphold, promote and implement the values of responsible and sustainable tourism development championed by the Code of Ethics and to undertake concrete measures to protect children. The Spanish Signatories of the Commitment were (in alphabetical order):  Agrupación de Cadenas Hoteleras de Baleares; Amadeus IT Group.; ASHOTEL; Federación Española de Asociaciones de Agencias de Viajes; Federación Empresarial Hotelera de Mallorca - FEHM; Grupo Barceló; Grupo Iberostar; Iberia; Melia Hotels International; NH Hoteles; and Orizonia.

Tthe event was supported by the Vice-Presidency of the European Commission and the Permanent Secretariat of the World Committee on Ethics in Tourism, along with other sponsors such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Meliá Hotels International, Segittur, Iberia, Fundación Banesto and the Patronato de Turismo de Madrid.Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias were in attendance at the closing ceremony, with HRH Prince Felipe of Borbon giving the event's closing address.

A Report of the event is now available here.


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Tourism in the Headlines: 1st UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media

Locations

Zagreb
Croatia
Zagreb
Croatia
Approve event: 
Yes
12 September 2011 - 13 September 2011

The 1st UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media, held in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism of Croatia, was the first UNWTO event dedicated exclusively to the relationship between tourism and the media.

 

For all information on the conference, including conclusions and presentations, please see here

 

 

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FIJET (World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers):


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President Calderón of Mexico first to join UNWTO/WTTC global campaign on the value of travel and tourism

PR No.: 
PR11020
Mexico City
01 Mar 11

The President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, has become the first head of state to join the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) joint campaign highlighting the importance of travel and tourism to global growth and development.

 

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UNWTO strongly condemns bombing in Morocco

PR No.: 
PR11037
Madrid
29 Apr 11

UNWTO is deeply shocked by the bomb attack at the Argana cafe in Djemaa el-Fna square in Marrakesh, Morocco. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO has conveyed its heartfelt sympathy to the Government of Morocco and its commitment to help in any way considered appropriate.

“Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “I am appalled by this act of violence and wish to convey the full support of UNWTO to Morocco.”

UNWTO trusts this cruel incident will not deter all those who wish to visit Morocco and that tourism, a critical sector to the country, will continue to thrive as it has been doing in recent years.

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UNWTO Supporting Tourism Recovery in Tunisia

PR No.: 
PR11036
Madrid
27 Apr 11

UNWTO will support the Recovery Plan designed by the Ministry of Tourism of Tunisia to revive the tourism sector. The agreement was reached during the recent official visit of UNWTO Secretary-General to Tunisia (20-21 April 2011).

During his visit, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai met Interim President Fouad Mebazaa, the Minister of Tourism, Mehdi Houas as well as representatives from the private sector to discuss the best ways to support tourism in Tunisia. Issues discussed include the new advertising campaign to be launched by the Ministry of Tourism in early May, travel advisories and public and private partnerships.

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