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15 July 2015 UNWTO calls for higher financing for tourism in development cooperation
Despite its wide-reaching socio-economic impacts, tourism still receives limited attention as a tool for development. On the occasion of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-16 July), UNWTO calls for higher support for tourism in international financing for development flows to maximize the sector´s contribution to sustainable development across the globe. 
9 July 2015 International tourist arrivals up 4% in the first four months of 2015
International tourism demand continued to be robust between January and April 2015 with tourist arrivals increasing 4% worldwide according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Almost all regions enjoyed strong growth. Prospects for the May-August period remain upbeat, with close to 500 million tourists expected to travel abroad during these four months.
8 July 2015 CEHAT commits to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
The Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodations, CEHAT, has signed the Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, pledging to uphold, promote and implement its values in their policies and operations (Madrid, Spain, 7 July 2015).
7 July 2015 UNWTO strengthens ties with its Affiliate Members
UNWTO signed this week new Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with five of its Affiliate Members – the Real Academia de Gastronomía (Spain), Spain Cares (Spain), Student Marketing (Slovakia), the Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (Spain), and VIP World Events (Spain)  (Madrid, Spain, 6-7 July 2015).
7 July 2015 UNWTO and Amadeus join forces to strengthen technology in tourism
Amadeus, a leading provider of technology solutions for the tourism sector, and UNWTO are joining forces to advance the use of innovative technology in tourism in areas such as education and multi-modality.
2 July 2015 12th UNWTO Awards open for applications
UNWTO has opened the call for applications for the 12th edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. Tourism initiatives from around the world are encouraged to apply before 30 October 2015. 
26 June 2015 UNWTO and the Turkic Council to work together on tourism development
UNWTO and the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen collaboration in advancing tourism as a key driver of socio-economic growth and inclusive development (Madrid, Spain, 26 June 2015).
26 June 2015 UNWTO strongly condemns attack in Sousse, Tunisia
25 June 2015 Silk Road Tourism Ministers commit to travel facilitation and closer marketing cooperation
The 7th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism agreed to advance travel facilitation, promote a “Visit the Silk Road” Programme and step up efforts to develop tourism routes and enhance human resources. (Xi'an, China 18-20 June 2015).
12 June 2015 Danube region to host Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories
In a joint effort to advance sustainable tourism development in the Danube region, UNWTO and the countries in the Danube have agreed to establish a Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories in the region, under the auspices of UNWTO. The formal agreement was signed during an official visit of UNWTO’s Secretary-General to Bulgaria (Sofia, Bulgaria, 8 June 2015).