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25 January 2016 Accessible tourism: a right and a business opportunity
With the objective of highlighting the best accessibility practices that the private sector has implemented,  the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) organized, in cooperation with the ONCE Foundation, an event on “Accessible Tourism as an Effective Business Strategy” held in the context of  FITUR (Madrid, 22 January 2016).
22 January 2016 UNWTO and neZEH partners present e-toolkit prototype to help hotels become Nearly Zero Energy
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and its partners of the Nearly Zero Energy Hotels (NEZEH) initiative, have presented the prototype of a new tool to engage the tourism sector in energy efficiency. The online tool was unveiled at the NEZEH International Conference held in the framework of FITUR Green (Madrid, 20 January 2016). 
22 January 2016 Investour consolidates role as catalyst of tourism development in Africa
Promoting sustainable development in Africa through the facilitation of networking and business opportunities in African tourism constitutes the main objective of the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa, organized by the World Tourism Organization and Casa África at the FITUR International Tourism Fair. Some twenty African tourism ministers attended the seventh edition of this initiative, which was inaugurated by UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, he Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism of the Government of Spain, José Manuel Soria and the Director General of Casa África, Luis Padrón.
21 January 2016 Las empresas se comprometen con la OMT y el Pacto Mundial para impulsar la Agenda de Naciones Unidas en el sector
La Organización Mundial del Turismo (OMT) y la Red Española de Pacto Mundial han desarrollado un acuerdo de colaboración para implicar a las empresas del sector turístico en iniciativas de responsabilidad social corporativa. La iniciativa, titulada  “Turismo responsable: un compromiso de todos”, incluye la firma del Código Ético Mundial para el Turismo y de los 10 Principios del Pacto Mundial por parte de compañías del sector en el marco de FITUR (Madrid,  20 de enero de 2016).
21 January 2016 Perú y la Organización Mundial de Turismo Presentan en FITUR el II Foro Mundial de Turismo Gastronómico
La Viceministra de Turismo de Perú y el Secretario General de la OMT  firman el acuerdo de colaboración este mediodía Esta segunda edición del Foro tendrá lugar en Perú del 27 al 29 de abril en el recientemente inaugurado Centro de Convenciones de Lima La Viceministra de Turismo de Perú, María del Carmen de Reparaz; el Secretario General de la Organización Mundial de Turismo (OMT), Taleb Rifai,y el director general del Basque Culinary Center (BCC), Joxe Mari Aizega presentaron este mediodía en FITUR el II Foro Mundial de Turismo Gastronómico, que tendrá lugar en Lima del 27 al 29 de abril de 2016.
21 January 2016 Sustainable tourism initiatives recognized by the UNWTO Awards
The Itaipu Technological Park (Brazil), the Treetop Walking Path (Lithuania), the Sisterhood of Survivors Program (Nepal) and Re-Inventing the Government in Tourism (Indonesia) were the winners of the 12th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. The projects were selected among more than 100 candidatures from 30 countries (Madrid, Spain, 20 January 2016).
18 January 2016 International tourist arrivals up 4% reach a record 1.2 billion in 2015
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1,184 million in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 50 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled to international destinations around the world last year as compared to 2014. 
16 January 2016 UNWTO strongly condemns attacks in Ouagadougou
UNWTO strongly condemns the attacks perpetrated in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. On the behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO expresses its condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the people of Burkina Faso in this difficult moment."On the behalf of the entire international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and expresses its full solidarity with the people and the Government of Burkina Faso. UNWTO stands by Burkina Faso to support the country in its continued commitment to tourism development and its strong wish to make tourism a tool for better livelihoods for the people of Burkina Faso” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. 
14 January 2016 Visa Openness levels continue to progress
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been long advocating for the need to advance travel faciliation as a means to promote tourism development and multiply its socio-economic benefits. According to UNWTO's latest Visa Openess Report, the share of tourists requiring to obtain a visa prior to travelling continues to decline and is at its lowest level ever. In 2015, 39% of the world population could travel for tourism without obtaining a traditional visa prior to departure as compared to only 23% in 2008. 
12 January 2016 UNWTO strongly condemns attack in Istanbul
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the tragic attack perpetrated in Istanbul, Turkey. On the behalf of the entire international tourism community, UNWTO expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the Turkish people in this difficult moment.