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23 January 2012 UNWTO urges continued tourism investment in Africa
Speaking at the Tourism Investment Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR), UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai encouraged companies to continue investing in Africa and its growing tourism markets (Madrid, Spain, 19 January).
20 January 2012 UNWTO joins industry voices in support of Obama’s move to facilitate travel
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has joined industry voices in support of the decision taken by the Obama Administration to implement the necessary measures to improve visa and foreign visitor processing in order to create jobs and spur economic growth in the USA.
16 January 2012 International tourism to reach one billion in 2012
International tourist arrivals grew by over 4% in 2011 to 980 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With growth expected to continue in 2012, at a somewhat slower rate, international tourist arrivals are on track to reach the milestone one billion mark later this year.
11 January 2012 Sultan of Brunei joins UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign
Brunei became the latest country to join the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign when His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’Izzaddin Waddualah accepted an Open Letter on the importance of travel and tourism (Brunei, 09 January).
20 December 2011 UNWTO and the Tour Operators’ Initiative renew their commitment toward sustainable tourism
19 December 2011 UNWTO organizes crisis communications training programme for the Middle East and North Africa
19 December 2011 UNWTO activities at FITUR 2012
Signalling the beginning of the international tourism calendar for 2012, UNWTO will hold a number of activities at the International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR, addressing key issues facing the sector in times of uncertainty (Madrid, Spain, 18-22 January, 2012).  
5 December 2011 International Volunteer Day: UNWTO Volunteers promote tourism’s contribution to development
On International Volunteer Day (5 December), celebrated in 2011 under the theme ‘Volunteering Matters’, UNWTO is highlighting how tourism and volunteer work can make a difference through its UNWTO Volunteers.
24 November 2011 Tourism a priority for Azerbaijan says President Ilham Aliyev, joins UNWTO/WTTC campaign
Tourism has the full support of the Azerbaijani Government said President Ilham Aliyev on becoming the latest head of state to join the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Baku, Azerbaijan, 15 November).
17 November 2011 Kenya Minister and UNWTO Secretary-General discuss the Organization’s priorities for 2012
The Minister of Tourism of Kenya, Najib Balala, met with UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, to debate the priorities for the work of the Organization in 2012 as Kenya takes the chairmanship of the UNWTO Executive Council (11 November 2011).