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21 November 2014 World Committee on Tourism Ethics praises initiatives on Accessible Tourism
The fourteenth meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics meeting in Rome, Italy (17-18 November 2014) commended the efforts of UNWTO and its partners to advance Accessible Tourism for All. The Committee firmly supported the “Montreal Declaration – A World for All”, the outcome document of the recent World Summit on Destinations for All, and participated actively in the 1st Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe held in San Marino on 19-20 November.  
20 November 2014 Oman commits to fully seize tourism’s potential for socio-economic advancement
On behalf of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Deputy Prime Minister of Oman, His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, has received the UNWTO/World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism (Muscat, Oman, 10 November 2014).
10 November 2014 Statement from the Travel and Transport Task Force on Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa
Leading international organizations and associations from the transport, trade and tourism sector stand firmly with the World Health Organization (WHO) against general bans on travel and trade, as well as restrictions that include general quarantine of travellers from Ebola-affected countries.
6 November 2014 Harnessing the Power of One Billion Tourists for a Sustainable Future
Resource efficiency, conservation, and new technologies are the focus of a new international partnership on sustainable tourism (London, United Kingdom, 5 November 2014).
6 November 2014 Punta del Este 365 – UNWTO launches first prototype to overcome seasonality
“Punta del Este 365” is an initiative that brings together the public and the private sector of Punta del Este in Uruguay to develop and implement new tourism products aimed at overcoming seasonality. The project, developed by UNWTO together with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Uruguay, the Regional Government of Maldonado and Destino Punta del Este, was presented during World Travel Market (London, United Kingdom, 5 November 2014)
5 November 2014 UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit: the legacy imperative of mega events
Participants at the UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers' Summit stressed that "immense synergies" between mega-events and tourism should be used to generate long-time benefits for the destination and its people (London, United Kingdom, 4 November 2014).
4 November 2014 UNWTO and the Adventure Travel Trade Association release global report on adventure tourism
The UNWTO Global Report on Adventure Tourism, published jointly with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), is a first approach by UNWTO on the topic of adventure tourism. The report provides insight into the close relation between adventure tourism and responsible tourism.
3 November 2014 Head of the Government of Morocco receives UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
In recognition of tourism’s role as a vital driver of socio-economic development, the Head of the Government of Morocco, H.E. Abdel-Ilah Benkiran, received the UNWTO/ World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism (Rabat, Morocco, 29 September 2014).
3 November 2014 Paraguay commits to fostering development through tourism
The government of Paraguay committed to continue promoting tourism’s economic and social benefits as a driver of development on accepting the UNWTO/World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism. (Asunción, Paraguay, 9 October 2014).
30 October 2014 International tourism shows continued strength
International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5% during the first eight months of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Despite geopolitical challenges and a lingering economic recovery, tourism demand was strong during the northern hemisphere high season of June to August.