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21 September 2016 Accessible Tourism, theme of World Tourism Day 2016
Tourism for all: people with disabilities, senior citizens and families travelling with small children, and sooner or later all citizens will appreciate the advantages of universal accessibility. This is why UNWTO has chosen to celebrate World Tourism Day 2016 on the theme of accessible tourism. Official celebrations will take place on 27 September in Bangkok, Thailand. 
20 September 2016 13 Spanish companies confirm their commitment to sustainable tourism
Thanks to the cooperation agreement concluded by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Global Compact Network Spain, thirteen Spanish companies have taken on the commitment to develop corporate social responsibility practices that advance sustainable tourism. Under the title “Responsible Tourism: A Global Commitment”, the initiative launched on 19 September highlights the role of tourism enterprises in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
14 September 2016 Wine Tourism – a growing tourism segment
The link between wine tourism and culture, history and lifestyle and the contribution of this segment to the development of the sector has been widely discussed during the 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism held in the Kakheti region in Georgia. During two days (7-9 September) the event convened over 200 participants including policy makers and tourism experts from nearly 50 countries.    
13 September 2016 Tourism contribution to sustainable development addressed at the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia
“Safety, security, international cooperation and peace are key factors to ensure the sustainable development of the tourism sector,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, at the Bled Strategic Forum, an annual meeting held in Slovenia. The occasion provided with the opportunity to present the UNWTO/World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism to Miro Cerrar, the Prime Minister of Slovenia.
12 September 2016 Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Observatories join the UNWTO Network
Indonesia has joined the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) with the opening of three sustainable tourism observatories, as announced at the PATA Travel Mart 2016 in Jakarta, which position Indonesia as a regional hub for sustainable tourism practices. 
23 August 2016 UNWTO Wine Tourism Conference gathers experts from around the world
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with the Georgian National Tourism Administration, is organizing the 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism in the Kakheti wine region of Georgia on 7-9 September 2016.
19 August 2016 Ambassador of Georgia presents credentials to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
12 August 2016 UNWTO condemns the attacks in Thailand
11 August 2016 Madeira's tourism returns to normality
9 August 2016 UNWTO welcomes Indonesia’s cutting edge tourism visa policy
UNWTO has expressed its full support to the decision of the Government of Indonesia to grant free visa to citizens from 169 countries. The measure looks for attracting international tourism to the country by simplifying travel procedures and follows research by UNWTO and WTTC that shows that visa facilitation in the ASEAN economies could create between 333,000 to 654,000 new jobs in a period of three years.