UNWTO News 49

Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

 

 

Safe and seamless travel, technology and sustainability: priorities for tourism

Ensuring safe and seamless travel, enhancing the opportunities brought by technology and accelerating the shift towards a more sustainable sector are the priorities for the sector said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, opening the 50th edition of ITB Berlin. (Berlin, Germany, 8 March 2016).

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Public-private partnerships key to the success of Silk Road Tourism

The 6th Silk Road Ministers Meeting held at ITB Berlin on 9 March 2016 focused on the role of public and private sector partnerships (PPPs) in the development of tourism along the Silk Road. Participants discussed how PPPs can advance the issues of infrastructure, product development and marketing.


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Sport and adventure offer opportunities for snow and mountain tourism

Over two days, snow and mountain tourism professionals held discussions on the theme “Sport and Adventure: A Promising Combination for Mountain Destinations”, analysing the prospects for the development of this segment. The 9th edition of the World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism, entitled “Mountainlikers”, took place in Andorra and was organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of the Principality of Andorra in collaboration with the municipality of Sant Julià de Lòria.

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Private sector committed to fight child exploitation in tourism

The 31st Meeting of the World Tourism Network on Child Protection, held on the occasion of ITB Berlin, focused on the role and initiatives of the private sector to fight Child Exploitation in tourism. Awareness raising, training of staff and the implementation of measures along the whole value chain of tourism were pointed out as critical.

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UNWTO and China organize First World Conference on Tourism for Development

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of the People’s Republic of China will organize the First World Conference on Tourism for Development in Beijing on 18-21 May 2016. Under the theme ‘Tourism for Peace and Development’, the event aims to kick start a high level debate on the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNWTO confident in Egypt’s tourism recovery
 

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has expressed the Organizations’ full confidence in the recovery of tourism in Egypt during a recent visit to the country. On the occasion, Mr. Rifai met with Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in the presence of the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Hisham Zaazou. The President reiterated his full support to the tourism sector and its utmost determination in ensuring that Egypt is a safe, attractive and leading tourism destination saying “if tourism recovers, Egypt will recover”.

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New Strategic Tourism Development Plan for Mozambique

Commissioned by the Ministry of Tourism of Mozambique, with support of the World Bank, UNWTO developed a new Strategic Tourism Development Plan (STDP) to guide the growth of the industry over the period 2015 - 2024. UNWTO deployed a team of national and international consultants who worked in close collaboration with officials of the Ministry of Tourism and other key tourism stakeholders in Mozambique to prepare the Plan.

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Tourism in Africa: A Tool for Development

UNWTO and Casa África have launched together a special report dedicated to tourism product development in Africa.
The Report reviews the current situation of Africa´s tourism markets as well as its future potential and includes several case studies from public and private sectors on tourism product development including key concepts, methodology and best practices.

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UNWTO & Child Protection

UNWTO’s work in the field of child protection has spanned over more than fifteen years, principally manifesting itself through the endeavors of the international World Tourism Network on Child Protection (formerly the Task Force for the Protection of Children in Tourism).
The open-ended Network aims to prevent all forms of child and youth exploitation in the tourism sector, including sexual exploitation, child labor and child trafficking. Its meetings serve as a platform for tourism stakeholders to exchange experiences and best practices, drawing together governments, the tourism industry, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and media associations.

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