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13 May 2011 UN agencies commit to make tourism work for development
Tourism is one of the top three sources of export earnings for nearly half of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and is a priority sector for their further integration in the global economy. The contribution  of tourism in advancing development was addressed during a Special Event on Tourism for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction organized by the recently created UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD), during a major UN conference on LDCs (Istanbul, Turkey, 10 May 2011).
11 May 2011 International Tourism: First results of 2011 confirm consolidation of growth
International tourist arrivals grew by close to 5% during the first months of 2011, consolidating the 7% rebound registered in 2010. According to the April Interim Update of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, growth was positive in all world (sub)regions during January and February 2011, with the exception of the Middle East and North Africa. South America and South Asia led growth (both at +15%), followed by Subsaharan Africa (+13%) and Central and Eastern Europe (+12%).
9 May 2011 UNWTO announces 2011 Ulysses Prize and Awards winners
A travel tool designed to promote accessible tourism in Quebec, Canada and a discovery trail of the ancient Moche civilization of Northern Peru are among the winners of this year’s UNWTO Ulysses Awards. The awards ceremony will be held during the Gala Dinner of the ‘UNWTO Algarve Forum on Tourism and Science: Bridging theory and practice’ (1-3 June 2011) in Vilamoura, Portugal.  
6 May 2011 President Zuma of South Africa joins UNWTO / WTTC global campaign on the value of Travel and Tourism
The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, is the latest head of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Leaders for Tourism Campaign.
6 May 2011 Tourism instrumental in post-earthquake recovery in Sichuan, China
Tourism has played a major role in the economic recovery of the Chinese province of Sichuan in the three years following the 2008 earthquake. Its vital contribution to local growth and employment was recognized by all attending the recent Sichuan International Cultural and Tourism Festival (Chengdu, Sichuan, 18-22 April).
29 April 2011 UNWTO strongly condemns bombing in Morocco
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the bomb attack at the Argana cafe in Djemaa el-Fna square in Marrakesh, Morocco. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO has conveyed its heartfelt sympathy to the Government of Morocco and its commitment to help in any way considered appropriate.
28 April 2011 UNWTO expresses its condolences for the passing of Anatoliy Yarochkin, Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism
27 April 2011 UNWTO Supporting Tourism Recovery in Tunisia
UNWTO will support the Recovery Plan designed by the Ministry of Tourism of Tunisia to revive the tourism sector. The agreement was reached during the recent official visit of UNWTO Secretary-General to Tunisia (20-21 April 2011).
21 April 2011 UNWTO and the Inter-American Development Bank partner to strengthen tourism development in Latin America and the Caribbean
UNWTO and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) deepen their cooperation on tourism development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Joint activities focus on improving the measurement of tourism, strengthening governance and promoting investment in the region.
15 April 2011 UN agencies: current situation poses no risk to travel to and from Japan
Current situation for travel and transport to and from Japan The United Nations organizations (WHO, IAEA, UNWTO, WMO, IMO, ICAO, ILO) closely monitoring the effects of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant remain confident that radiation levels do not present health or transportation safety hazards to passengers and crew.