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January 19, 2018


UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism at FITUR: The winners are….

In Madrid at FITUR last night was the day many had anxiously waiting for. The 14th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism was announced. Starting at 18.00h with a welcome cocktail the event was opened at 19.15 by the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, followed by a short remark by the president of FITUR/ FEMA Turismo

WTTC calls for public and private sector collaboration to speed up implementation of biometrics

Implementation of biometric technology to facilitate secure borders is the single biggest opportunity for the Travel & Tourism sector in 2018, according to Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Ms Guevara also highlighted the importance of developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning, virtual and augmented reality

New UNWTO Secretary General endorses first Global Tourism Resilience Center in Jamaica

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett says, newly-appointed Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili, has pledged his full support for the establishment of the first Global Tourism Resilience Center in Jamaica. The center, which was first announced during the recently concluded UNWTO Global Conference at the Montego Bay Convention

Geoffrey Lipman & Juergen Steinmetz

Shithole Country remark by Donald Trump: Tourism leader has a message to share

Whether travelers are visiting the United States from a “shithole country” or from Norway, the US is welcoming tourists and immigrants with open arms. Juergen Steinmetz, the chairman of the Hawaii (USA), Brussels (Belgium), Seychelles, and Bali (Indonesia)-based International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), a leading global travel and tourism organization, responded to US President’s

PATA launches food waste campaign ‘Building an Understanding For Food Excess in Tourism’

BANGKOK, January 11, 2018 – Building on the success of the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IY2017) initiative and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), PATA, along with our project partner, Scholars of Sustenance (Thai-SOS) and knowledge partner Futouris, is launching the BUFFET Campaign to raise awareness of food

Najib Balala is no longer a former Kenyan Tourism Minister

Kenya’s Tourism Minister, The Honorable Najib Balala was brought back. After a brief time drifting to mining, Kenya’s president Kenyatta last week moved him back to where he was before. Najib again is now the minister of tourism for the Republic of Kenya. Mining, by broad consensus, was the wrong portfolio given his vast experience

The Caribbean thinks of climate resilience

As time and age advance, and with it one’s private and professional life progresses, one might come to the conclusion that most things we do in life, in business or even in politics are just a bunch of nonsense. What is worse that we keep doing it for no good reason at all, and are

Former tourism minister Walter Mzembi arrested: Bail granted

“It is all over for Walter Mzembi. They are so many cameras here. This is high profile and highly political”, a bystander told eTN from outside the  Harare courtroom where Walter Mzembi had his bail hearing Saturday Morning. Bail was granted and set for  $400 by the court at 10.45 am Saturday morning. The trial

Watch the last interview with Dr. Taleb Rifai: He has a wish…

Do not miss the last interview that UNWTO Secretary-General has conducted under his mandate! Dr. Taleb Rifai is about to leave Madrid on a one-way ticket home to Amman, Jordan. Tourism is several thousand years old in the Kingdom of Jordan. Amman, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Petra, Jerash are some of the must-see destination a visitor to

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