27 January 2015 Over 1.1 billion tourists travelled abroad in 2014
International tourist arrivals reached 1,138 million in 2014, a 4.7% increase over the previous year, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. For 2015, UNWTO forecasts international tourism to grow by 3% to 4%, further contributing to the global economic recovery.
26 January 2015 FiturGreen 2015: Sustainable Tourism from the Traveller’s Perspective
Tourism must be sustainable if it is to avoid jeopardizing its future and the viability of tourism destinations, and contribute in that way to promoting a more responsible consumption. The role of travellers as agents of positive change will be addressed at FiturGreen 2015 through models, success stories and innovative tools that have improved the sustainability of the entire tourism value chain (28-30 January 2015, Fitur, Madrid).
22 January 2015 INVESTOUR – creating business opportunities for Africa
Now in its sixth consecutive year, the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR), to be held next week at the International Tourism Fair (FITUR), will bring together a record number of African tourism projects, potential investors and business partners, opening new opportunities for sustainable tourism in the region (29 January 2015, Madrid, Spain).
21 January 2015 UNWTO Awards to recognize innovation and excellence in tourism
Tourism initiatives and scholars from around the world will once again be recognized for their outstanding contribution to the sector at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony to be held at the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain, on 28 January 2015.
19 January 2015 UNWTO activities at FITUR 2015
Models of sustainable tourism production and consumption, the role of technology in accessible tourism for all, the future of tourism in the Middle East and North Africa, tourism investment in Africa and shopping tourism are among the many topics to be addressed at UNWTO activities during the International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR. Furthermore, FITUR will once again be the stage for the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism official ceremony (Madrid, Spain, 28 January – 1 February 2015).
14 January 2015 UN General Assembly: Sustainable tourism is a tool for poverty reduction and environmental protection
A milestone resolution recognizing the contribution of sustainable tourism to poverty eradication, community development and the protection of biodiversity has been adopted by consensus by the United Nations General Assembly.
9 January 2015 UNWTO strongly condemns the attack at French magazine Charlie Hebdo
29 December 2014 Tourism leaders of the Americas to gather in Haiti
Haiti will host UNWTO’s annual regional gathering of tourism authorities, the UNWTO Commission for the Americas. The 58th Meeting of the Commission reflects Haiti’s preparedness to seize the growing tourism momentum in the region to further open sustainable development opportunities through tourism.
23 December 2014 UNWTO will organize the 1st International Conference on Shopping Tourism at FITUR 2015
The growing importance of shopping tourism will be highlighted at the International Conference on Shopping Tourism organized by UNWTO with the help of Madrid Shopping Tour, within the framework of the International Tourism Trade Fair (29 January 2015, Madrid, Spain).
23 December 2014 Towards global statistics on city tourism: the World Tourism Organization, European Cities Marketing (ECM) and MODUL University Vienna join forces
UNWTO, ECM and MODUL University Vienna agree to develop a common framework and methodology to compare city tourism data on a global level.