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12 September 2012 International tourism on track to hit one billion by end of 2012
With a record 467 million tourists traveling in the first half of 2012, international tourism remains firmly on track to reach one billion tourists by the end of the year.
2 August 2012 Nominations open for UNWTO Ulysses and Lifetime Achievement Awards
Nominations are open for the 2012 UNWTO Awards, recognizing exceptional leaders in the tourism community, as well as the most innovative tourism initiatives.
19 July 2012 UNWTO strongly condemns attack on tourist bus in Bulgaria
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the bombing of a tourist bus in Bulgaria and condemns the act in the strongest possible terms.
9 July 2012 415 million tourists expected worldwide in the May-August peak season
International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5% in the first four months of 2012, despite remaining economic uncertainties in some of the major outbound markets. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, prospects remain positive for the period May-August, the Northern Hemisphere’s summer peak season, with around 415 million tourists expected to travel abroad.
4 July 2012 UNWTO welcomes new Egyptian President’s support for tourism
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has congratulated Mr. Muhammad Morsi on his election as Egypt’s new President and applauded his support for the tourism sector, as expressed in the President’s first speech after taking office.
27 June 2012 Tourism & Sustainable Energy: gearing up for World Tourism Day 2012
Launching the World Tourism Day 2012 (27 September) campaign, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has called on all tourism stakeholders to “play their part in reaching the United Nations goal of achieving sustainable energy for all by 2030”.
20 June 2012 Green innovation in tourism can trigger major economic, social and environmental benefits
Tourism experts from international organizations, United Nations agencies and the tourism public and private sector have outlined how green innovation in tourism can drive sustainable development by reducing costs, boosting revenue, creating jobs and improving resource efficiency (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 June).
20 June 2012 G20 recognizes Travel & Tourism as a driver of economic growth for the first time and commits to work on travel facilitation
The G20 world leaders have, for the first time, recognized the importance of Travel & Tourism as a driver of jobs, growth and economic recovery.
16 June 2012 UNWTO and WTTC call on the G20 to use tourism's potential for job creation
Ahead of the G20 world leaders’ meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, next week, the UNWTO and WTTC call on the leaders to consider Travel and Tourism as an engine for economic growth and stimulating the global economy. Increasing travel and tourism demand through visa facilitation can be central to stimulating job creation, a priority given the high current unemployment levels.
13 June 2012 Tourism vital to tackling global economic challenges, UNWTO Executive Council
Ministers of tourism and high-ranking officials meeting at the 93rd session of the UNWTO Executive Council have highlighted the role of tourism in addressing continuing challenges in the world economy, from a slowdown in growth to global unemployment (Madrid, Spain, 12-13 June).