UNWTO News 47

Release Date: 
Monday, November 23, 2015



Media and tourism stakeholders gather in Tunisia to discuss how to enhance cooperation

More than 300 participants convened in Tunis for the 4th UNWTO International Conference on ‘Tourism and the Media’. The event, held in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts of Tunisia, counted with the support of CNN International. 

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UNWTO and Griffith Institute for Tourism launch Global Report on Public-Private Partnerships in tourism

The UNWTO Global Report, produced in collaboration with the Griffith Institute of Tourism, highlights how Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) among tourism stakeholders drive socio-economic development (Madrid, Spain, 10 November 2015).

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UNWTO Affiliate Members Board elects its new Chairman

The UNWTO Affiliate Members Board has elected Mr. Edmund Bartlett as its new Chairman at the Board's Meeting held at the sidelines of the World Travel Market (WTM, London, United Kingdom, 3 November 2015).

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UNWTO to hold the 1st Global Conference on Wine Tourism in Georgia in 2016

The 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism, to be held in the Kakheti wine region from 7-9 September 2016, was officially launched by UNWTO and the Georgian National Tourism Administration on the occasion of the World Travel Market in London.

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UNWTO/WTM Ministers Summit: social media changing destination branding

Ministers of Tourism and private sector leaders meeting at the 9th UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers' Summit agreed that destination branding and the way tourism marketing organizations operate need to be adapted to the changes brought in by social media (London, United Kingdom, 3 November 2015).

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UNWTO and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) partner to foster inclusive and sustainable tourism

UNWTO and the EBRD have signed an agreement to work jointly in promoting inclusive and sustainable tourism as a driver of socio-economic growth. Advancing resource efficiency and promoting youth inclusion are two of the major priorities of the agreement.

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrates 70th anniversary of UN Charter with agencies present in Spain

The 14 agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations represented in Spain met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his official visit to the country. The meeting was held in the context of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the 60th anniversary of Spain’s entry into the organization.

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#Social Silk Road Seminar 2015: The rise of experiential travel and the booking revolution

Organized by UNWTO, Travel Perspective and supported by WTM London on 4 November, the #Social Silk Road Seminar 2015 examined the way in which changing traveler trends are shaping the booking process. The Silk Road offers an enormous range of experiences, from horse-riding along the Eurasian steppe, to staying with nomads in yurts and trekking in the Gobi desert, yet booking these experiences online can be challenging.

This session examined how emerging destinations are transitioning to a digital world. The panel looked at the modern path to purchase and discussed how Silk Road destinations can benefit from the increasing quantity of consumers seeking personalised, local and transformative travel experiences. 

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UNWTO/ Griffith Institute for Tourism Global Report on Public-Private Partnerships in Tourism

The UNWTO Affiliate Members Global Report on “Public-Private Partnerships: Tourism Development, jointly published with UNWTO valued Affiliate Member, Griffith Institute for Tourism, seeks to highlight the role and need for PPPs as tools for development.

The report includes case studies on the different types of PPPs across a broad range of geographic contexts, highlighting how innovative initiatives can lay the pathway for successful tourism development

Download your own copy here.

World Committee on Tourism Ethics

Established in 2004, the World Committee on Tourism Ethics is the impartial body responsible for interpreting, applying and evaluating the provisions of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. A fundamental frame of reference for responsible and sustainable tourism, the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET) is a comprehensive set of principles designed to guide key-players in tourism development.

Addressed to governments, the travel industry, communities and tourists alike, it aims to help maximise the sector’s benefits while minimising its potentially negative impact on the environment, cultural heritage and societies across the globe.

Read the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism here