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20 September 2013 Countdown to World Tourism Day 2013
With one week left until World Tourism Day (WTD) on 27 September, preparations are on the final stretch in the Maldives, the host of this year’s official celebrations, and in many countries around the world around the 2013 theme, “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”.
11 September 2013 UNWTO approves accessible tourism recommendations
The UNWTO recommendations on “Accessible Tourism for All” (2013) have been approved and endorsed by the General Assembly. Updated from the 2005 version, the recommendations outline a form of tourism that involves a collaborative process among stakeholders to enable people with access requirements to function independently through universally designed tourism products, services and environments. These recommendations were developed within the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of 2007.
5 September 2013 Pascal Lamy to chair the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
The 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly unanimously approved the designation of Mr. Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), as the new Chairman of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics.
29 August 2013 Taleb Rifai reelected as UNWTO Secretary-General
26 August 2013 UNWTO General Assembly opens in Victoria Falls
The global tourism community gathers this week at Victoria Falls for the 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly. Visa facilitation, connectivity and accessibility will be key topics at this Assembly, aiming to advance tourism´s sustainable growth (Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe, 24 – 29 August 2013).
26 August 2013 International tourism demand exceeds expectations in the first half of 2013
International tourist arrivals grew by 5% during the first half of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012, reaching almost 500 million, according to data just released by UNWTO. Growth was above the projection made at the beginning of the year (+3% to +4%) and is also exceeding the trend of the UNWTO long-term outlook Tourism Towards 2030 (+3.8% a year).
13 August 2013 UNWTO education network now in five continents owing to Middle East push
8 August 2013 6th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism shows the value of cultural routes
The 6th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism highlighted the increasing interest in developing cultural routes associated with the Silk Road and succeeded to raise the profile of tourism along this emblematic route. The event was jointly organized by UNWTO, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and the People’s Government of Gansu Province (1-3 August 2013, Dunhuang, China).
22 July 2013 Santiago de Compostela to host the 1st International Congress on Pilgrimages and Tourism
13 June 2013 Asia’s tourism businesses commit to UNWTO Global Code of Ethics
Some of Asia’s most prominent tourism businesses have signed the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, committing to implement the ethical provisions of the Code in their policies, plans and business operations. The signing took place at the first Regional Conference on Tourism Partnerships on Future Tourism for Asia and the Pacific in the presence of UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai and H.E. Mr. Yoo Jinryong, Korea´s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism (1 June, Seoul, Republic of Korea).