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7 September 2011 Healthy growth of international tourism in first half of 2011
International tourism grew by almost 5% in the first half of 2011 totalling a new record of 440 million arrivals. Results confirm that, in spite of multiple challenges, international tourism continues to consolidate the return to growth initiated in 2010.
6 September 2011 Joining UNWTO/WTTC global campaign, China reaffirms commitment to tourism
“The Chinese Government is increasingly conscious of the role that tourism plays in socio-economic development and will double its efforts in tourism,” said Chinese Vice-Premier, Wang Qishan, on joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Beijing, China, 1 September 2011). 
5 September 2011 Leading media and tourism experts lined up for ‘Tourism in the Headlines’
30 August 2011 Online toolkit set to help hotels reduce energy footprint and costs
Following three years of testing and extensive research, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and its partners have launched an online tool to help hotels evaluate their energy consumption and assist in improving their energy management and cutting costs. 
22 August 2011 UNWTO and SNV partner to advance tourism training for the informal sector in developing countries
Capacity building and knowledge transfer are at the center of competitive destinations and sustainable development efforts. A new project, High Impact Tourism Training (HITT), implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation with support from UNWTO, will provide training to 8.000 tourism workers and entrepreneurs from the informal sector in seven developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.  
11 August 2011 Egypt to host official World Tourism Day celebrations
The Egyptian city of Aswan will host the official 2011 World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations, which will include a High-Level Think Tank on this year’s theme, ‘Tourism – Linking Cultures’ (27 September 2011).
10 August 2011 United Nations Secretary-General highlights tourism’s contribution to global solidarity ahead of World Tourism Day 2011
27 July 2011 UNWTO joins UN agencies to reaffirm support for young people
25 July 2011 UNWTO extends its condolences to Norway
19 July 2011 UNWTO and China open third observatory for sustainable tourism development
UNWTO and China have opened a third Sustainable Tourism Observatory to monitor the environmental and socio-economic impacts of tourism.