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27 June 2011 Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki highlights tourism’s cultural benefits upon joining UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders Campaign
Joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, President Mwai Kibaki recognized tourism as “a great opportunity to learn from one another and share different traditions and cultures” (Nairobi, Kenya, 23 June).
22 June 2011 UNWTO Executive Council endorses efforts to better position tourism in the global agenda
UNWTO Member States attending the 90th Session of the UNWTO Executive Council have expressed their support for UNWTO’s activities aimed at positing tourism higher in the global political and economic agenda (19-21 June, Mombasa, Kenya). 
20 June 2011 Tourism – Linking Cultures: UNWTO launches World Tourism Day 2011
World Tourism Day 2011 will be celebrated under the theme Tourism – Linking Cultures, an opportunity to highlight tourism’s role in bringing the cultures of the world together and promoting global understanding through travel (27 September 2011).
9 June 2011 UN Women’s head commends tourism as engine for gender equality
On her first visit to Spain as Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet visited UNWTO headquarters in Madrid to strengthen collaboration between the two UN bodies in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the tourism sector.
31 May 2011 Tourism key to the economic recovery of Egypt
As the leading foreign exchange earner and representing one in every seven jobs, tourism is a crucial factor in Egypt’s economic recovery, stressed the Prime Minister of Egypt, Essam Sharaf, during an official visit of UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council, David Scowsill, to the country (Cairo, Egypt, 29 May). Meeting with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Tourism, Mounir Fakhri Abdel-Nour, as well as other public and private tourism representatives, Mr. Rifai and Mr. Scowsill expressed the commitment of the international tourism community to support the sector  as a key component of Egypt’s transition.
19 May 2011 President Schmitt of Hungary: supporting tourism through UNWTO/ WTTC campaign
The President of Hungary, Pál Schmitt, is among the first European heads of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign.
13 May 2011 UN agencies commit to make tourism work for development
Tourism is one of the top three sources of export earnings for nearly half of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and is a priority sector for their further integration in the global economy. The contribution  of tourism in advancing development was addressed during a Special Event on Tourism for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction organized by the recently created UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD), during a major UN conference on LDCs (Istanbul, Turkey, 10 May 2011).
11 May 2011 International Tourism: First results of 2011 confirm consolidation of growth
International tourist arrivals grew by close to 5% during the first months of 2011, consolidating the 7% rebound registered in 2010. According to the April Interim Update of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, growth was positive in all world (sub)regions during January and February 2011, with the exception of the Middle East and North Africa. South America and South Asia led growth (both at +15%), followed by Subsaharan Africa (+13%) and Central and Eastern Europe (+12%).