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December 15, 2017

What happened and what is next for UNWTO? The untold story…

The World Tourism Organization on September 14, 2017, in Chengdu, China during the UNWTO General Assembly confirmed Zurab Pololikashvili, the candidate from Georgia, as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). This confirmation was done by acclamation. The General Assembly is the supreme body of UNWTO. Every 5th country is elected to be


PATA will highlight the issue of gender equality in 2018

BANGKOK, December 12, 2017 – In line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will advocate for increased gender equality in the travel and tourism industry in 2018. As noted in the SDGs, gender equality is the primary focus of Sustainable Development Goal 5 – Achieve gender

Europe partners with China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market

The European Commission-funded Partnerships in European Tourism project will arrive in Beijing at the China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market in April 2018 – marking the first of a series of B2B tourism events taking place in China as part of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year. The 2018 EU-China Tourism Year was announced in 2016

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U.S. Travel Applauds Confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security Secretary

WASHINGTON (December 5, 2017)—U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement upon Senate confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security Secretary. “Sec. Nielsen is a highly qualified leader who understands the importance of blending enhanced security policies with the message that America is open for business. Her previous work on aviation

Cde Pricah Mupfumira new Tourism Minister in Zimbabwe

The new minister of Tourism and Hospitality for Zimbabwe was appointed today by the president. She is Hon Miss Cde Pricah Mupfumira. She was recently removed by the former president Mugabe as the Public Service Minister. Dr. Jorum Gumbu was appointed as minister of transport. Joram Macdonald Gumbo was a member of the Pan-African Parliament from Zimbabwe.[1] He is a member of the Zimbabwe

Jamaica Tourism Minister launches 2017 Tourism Service Excellence Awards

To recognize individuals and organizations that consistently make significant contributions to Jamaica’s thriving tourism sector, Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett officially launched the Tourism Service Excellence Awards (TSEA) on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. TSEA, which was conceptualized by Minister Bartlett in 2008, is geared at recognizing and

UNWTO expresses confidence on tourism in Madagascar

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai has visited Madagascar to express the Organization’s full support to the tourism sector. Madagascar’s tourism is facing a challenging situation following a plague outbreak which has prompted some countries to implement travel restrictions with Madagascar. Mr Rifai recalled the World Health Organization (WHO) advises no

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ETOA To Tell Migration Advisory Committee: Brexit Will Damage Productivity

This morning there is a meeting between the Migration Advisory Committee, the Home Office-sponsored public body that advises the government on migration issues, and the travel industry. ETOA, the European tourism association will present evidence that Brexit, unless carefully handled, will damage productivity. ETOA is asking for assurances that hiring non-UK EU workers remains free


UNWTO appoints First Lady of Iceland as Special Ambassador for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals

H.E. Ms. Eliza Jean Reid, First Lady of Iceland has been nominated as Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The appointment took place at the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, an official event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, being held in Muscat, Sultanate

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