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14 December 2015 The UNWTO Regional Conference and Executive Training Workshop in Qatar from 13-15 December 2015
7 December 2015 United Nations declares 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.
29 November 2015 Global Travel & Tourism leaders hopeful for positive outcome at COP21 talks
25 November 2015 Global Travel and Tourism leaders statement on the recent terrorist attacks
UNWTO, Member of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), supports GTAC's Statement of Recent Terrorist Attacks, following its recent meeting in Montreal (23 November 2015). 
14 November 2015 UNWTO strongly condemns the attacks in Paris
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the tragic attacks perpetrated in Paris. On the behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the French people in this difficult moment.
4 November 2015 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).
31 October 2015 UNWTO expresses its condolences over the tragic loss of Kogalymavia flight
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the news of the crash of the Kogalymavia flight in Central Sinai, Egypt. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims as well as to the Russian people."It was with great sorrow that we learned about this tragic accident and we express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims at this difficult moment”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.   Contacts: UNWTO Media Officer Rut Gomez Sobrino Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60  UNWTO Communications & Publications Programme Tel: (+34) 91 567 8100 / Fax: +34 91 567 8218
29 October 2015 International tourist arrivals up 4% driven by strong results in Europe
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.3% in the first eight months of 2015 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, fuelled by strong results in Europe and consolidating the trend of recent years. International tourists (overnight visitors) travelling the world between January and August 2015 reached 810 million, 33 million more than in the same period of 2014. 
23 October 2015 UNWTO kicks off the official celebrations in Spain of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations
Ahead of UN Day on 24 October, the World Tourism Organization, the only UN Specialized Agency with Headquarters in Spain, welcomed all UN agencies, funds and programmes based in the country to mark the occasion as the first activity of the official Spanish celebrations of the United Nations’ 70th Anniversary (Madrid, Spain, 23 October 2015).
14 October 2015 The UNWTO executive training courses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia course finished on 13th October