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20 May 2015 UNWTO Commission for Europe outlines policy priorities
Increased regional cooperation, visa facilitation and the customization of visitor experiences through mobile technologies were some of the topics in focus at the 58th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe and Seminar on Mobile Technologies for Improving the Tourism Experience (Haifa, Israel, 12-13 May).
11 May 2015 UNWTO and ATM Ministerial Forum address intra-Arab tourism
Visa facilitation, open skies, the need to adapt to market needs and the role of events in the promotion of intra-regional tourism in the MENA region were the focus of the debate at the 2015 UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum on Intra-Arab Tourism: Addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities (Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 5 May 2015).
29 April 2015 UNWTO expresses its full support for Kenyan tourism
During a recent visit to Kenya, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, expressed the organization’s full confidence in the country’s tourism sector and its capacity to recover (25 April 2015).
26 April 2015 UNWTO deeply saddened by the tragic earthquake in Nepal
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the tragic earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April. On the behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims, to the people and the government of Nepal in this moment of distress.
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).