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22 January 2019 Spain reaffirms support for UNWTO and announces new headquarters site
Madrid, 22 January 2019 - To mark the start of FITUR 2019, an inaugural reception was held today, presided over for the first time by the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, alongside the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Spain, Reyes Maroto.
21 January 2019 International Tourist Arrivals Reach 1.4 billion Two Years Ahead of Forecasts
2018 totalled 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals (+6%), consolidating 2017 strong results and proving to be the second strongest year since 2010 Middle East (+10%) and Africa (+7%) grew above the world average while Asia and the Pacific and Europe grew at 6% For 2019, UNWTO forecasts a 3-4% increase, in line with the historical growth trend Madrid, Spain, 21 January 2019 - International tourist arrivals grew 6% in 2018, totalling 1.4 billion according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. UNWTO’s long term forecast issued in 2010 indicated the 1.4 billion mark would be reached in 2020, yet the remarkable growth of international arrivals in recent years has brought it two years ahead.
21 January 2019 UNWTO Activities at FITUR 2019
Inauguration of a tourism innovation hub The final stage of the 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition The 10th Edition of The Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa Understanding the success of Asian Tourism Madrid, Spain, 17 January - These will be among the activities led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) during the 39th edition of the International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid (FITUR, 23-27 January), the first of the world’s major annual tourism events. 
21 January 2019 Fundación ONCE and UNWTO join forces to promote the employment of persons with disabilities in the tourism sector
(Madrid, 21 January 2019).- The Executive Vice-President of Fundación ONCE, Alberto Durán, and the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, signed in Madrid on Monday a letter of intent to promote the employment of persons with disabilities in the tourism sector.
3 January 2019 Punta del Este Convention Bureau Receives First UNWTO.QUEST Certification from UNWTO
Madrid, Spain, 3 January 2019 - The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has granted UNWTO.QUEST Certification to the Punta del Este Convention Bureau, which became the first destination management organization in the world to receive this certification.
27 December 2018 UNWTO/ETC Launch Report on Health Tourism
Madrid, Spain, 27 December 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the European Travel Commission (ETC) launched a new report on health tourism. Part of their joint research programme, the study is the first attempt to set a coherent conceptualization of health tourism and define the motivations behind travellers looking for health-related services.
21 December 2018 Finalists of the 15th UNWTO Awards Announced
Madrid, Spain, 21 December, 2018 - The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced the finalists to win the 15th UNWTO Awards, which recognize inspirational projects having made an invaluable contribution to advance sustainable tourism. The nominees are praised for contributing to advance the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
20 December 2018 Concurso post-curso OMT México 2018: Transformación Digital en el Destino
18 December 2018 San Sebastián to Take World Gastronomy Tourism Spotlight in May
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Basque Culinary Center (BCC) will co-organize the 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism on 2-3 May 2019 at the Kursaal Congress Center in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain. The Forum is supported by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of Spain, the Basque Government, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and the City of Donostia. The Forum will focus on the contribution of gastronomy tourism to job creation and to the promotion of entrepreneurship. The Forum has been held since 2015 and is hosted by the BCC every two years. Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, 18 December 2018. It was announced today that Donostia will host the 5th edition of the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, a forum organized by the UNWTO and the BCC, an Affiliate Member of the UNWTO.
14 December 2018 World Tourism Organization Partners with Unidigital to Support Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Americas
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) provided its support at the inauguration in Argentina of the first specialized hub for tourism in the Americas: Unidigital, with which a collaboration agreement was signed to promote innovation in tourism. Madrid, Spain, 13 December 2018 - Unidigital is the result of the collaboration between the public and private sectors to promote innovation in tourism. It will offer services, products and training in digital transformation in order to allow the most disruptive entrepreneurs in tourism in the Americas to develop their projects. The Hub was presented as part of the UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventure Forum, held on 11-13 December 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.