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16 April 2015 Global Travel & Tourism leaders set landmark agenda for growth
The leading global Travel & Tourism private sector and government organisations - the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC) - have today launched a commitment for aligned advocacy and action to harness the full potential of the sector to create jobs, drive inclusive growth and foster development.
15 April 2015 Exports from international tourism rise to US$ 1.5 trillion in 2014
International tourism receipts increased by US$ 48 billion in 2014 to reach a record US$ 1,245 billion. An additional US$ 221 billion was generated from international passenger transport, bringing total exports from international tourism up to US$ 1.5 trillion.
13 April 2015 UNWTO and Basque Culinary Center organize the 1st World Forum on Food Tourism
Gastronomy and tourism are natural allies and mutually reinforce one another. The many links between gastronomy and tourism and the opportunities for closer cooperation between both areas will be explored at the 1st UNWTO World Forum on Food Tourism, jointly organized by UNWTO and the Basque Culinary Center (Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, 27-28 April 2015).
4 April 2015 UNWTO strongly condemns the attack on the Garissa University College
UNWTO strongly condemns the attack on the Garissa University College in North Eastern Kenya. On the behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, to the people and the Government of Kenya. 
1 April 2015 Tourism, a national priority for Honduras
Honduras has joined the more than 70 countries committed to support the Travel and Tourism sector as a means to promote inclusive growth and development. During an official visit of UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, President Juan Orlando Hernández was presented with the Open Letter on Travel and Tourism. The joint initiative by UNWTO and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) calls on Heads of State and Government to publicly express their political commitment to support tourism as a development driver.
1 April 2015 UNWTO supports Tunisia’s tourism
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, participated last Sunday with other international dignitaries and UN representatives in the support march held in Tunis. On the occasion of his visit to Tunisia, Mr Rifai discussed the contribution of tourism to the country’s socio-economic development with President Beji Caid Essebsi and Prime Minister Habib Essid and agreed a new cooperation programme with the Minister of Tourism of Tunisia, Salma Elloumi Rekik (Tunis, Tunisia, 28-30 March 2015).
24 March 2015 UNWTO saddened by tragic crash of Germanwings airline
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO expresses its sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of the victims onboard.
18 March 2015 UNWTO strongly condemns attack in Tunisia
UNWTO is deeply saddened and shocked by the attack in the Bardo Museum in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. UNWTO conveys its heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims who lost their lives or were injured, and expresses its solidarity to the people and the Government of Tunisia and to the governments of all nationals who were killed or injured. 
13 March 2015 UNWTO Secretary-General and Greece’s new Tourism Minister discuss strengthened cooperation
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and the new Minister of Tourism of Greece, Elena Kountoura, met on the occasion of ITB to discuss how to strengthen the collaboration between UNWTO and Greece (Berlin, Germany, 3 March 2015).
8 March 2015 International Women’s Day: Tourism sector can do more to step it up on gender equality
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, calls upon the tourism sector to step up policies and business practices that promote gender equality and women's empowerment.