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27 February 2014 World Committee on Tourism Ethics to focus on the exploitation of children, trafficking, poaching and accessible tourism
The protection of children from all forms of exploitation, the fight against trafficking, anti-poaching and accessible tourism for all are among the work priorities defined by the newly formed World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE). The Committee met at UNWTO headquarters to identify the major challenges facing responsible tourism and define its Action Plan for the coming four years (Madrid, Spain, 26 February 2014).
27 February 2014 Tourism – a tool to preserve Cultural Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean
Tourism can play an important role in the effective management of cultural and natural heritage, which can draw from tourism income for preservation concluded The International Seminar on Tourism Destination Management in Cultural Heritage Sites, organized by the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic and UNWTO (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 17-18 February 2014).
26 February 2014 UNWTO supports Qatar’s new Tourism Strategy
UNWTO is supporting Qatar to implement its new tourism strategy through collaboration in the areas of legislation, institutional strengthening, statistics, marketing and capacity building. During an official visit to the country, where he met H.E. Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar and attended the launch of Qatar’s Tourism Strategy, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai welcomed the high priority afforded to the tourism sector in Qatar (22-25 February 2014).
20 February 2014 UNWTO activities at ITB 2014
The launch of an international campaign against trafficking, the 4th Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting dedicated this year to visa facilitation and the meeting of World Tourism Network on Child Protection, are among UNWTO’s activities during the ITB Travel Trade Show 2014 (Berlin, Germany, 5-9 March, 2014).
17 February 2014 UNWTO strongly condemns attack on tour bus in the Sinai
On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt.
14 February 2014 UNWTO Secretary-General commends Australia's tourism policy advances
The UNWTO Secretary-General concluded a 5-day trip to Australia where he met with federal and state government officials as well as main private sector associations and UNWTO Affiliate Members. During his visit, Mr. Rifai underscored the progress made by Australia in converging with UNWTO’s main policy recommendations: supporting travel facilitation, intelligent taxation and sustainability (7-11 February).
11 February 2014 UNWTO contributes to Korean presidential debate on new tourism plan
Chairing the Tourism Promotion Meeting in Seoul, the President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye, unveiled plans to advance tourism promotion by boosting ‘smart tourism’, encouraging more nationals to travel and promoting capacity building in support of job creation. UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, addressed the Meeting and underscored the country’s lead in connecting state-of-the-art tourism initiatives with the sector’s potential to face poverty challenges and provide development opportunities (3 February 2014, Seoul, Republic of Korea).
7 February 2014 UNWTO saddened by the death of Joop Ave
31 January 2014 International Handbook on Tourism and Peace launched by UNWTO and the Government of Austria
Providing a unique overview of tourism as a tool in peace building and reconciliation efforts, the International Handbook on Tourism and Peace was launched with the support of the Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth and the Ministry of European and International Affairs of Austria (Vienna, Austria, 29 January 2014).
24 January 2014 Visa facilitation and air connectivity - key areas for tourism development in Africa
Visa facilitation and air connectivity are key areas to address in order to fully seize Africa’s steadily rising tourism performance and foster sustainable development in the region. This was one of the main conclusions of the 5th Investment and Tourism Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR), which gathered 12 African Tourism Ministers and public and private tourism stakeholders, attending this yearly initiative held on the occasion of the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR). (Madrid, Spain, 23 January 2014).