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August 21, 2019

African Tourism Board officially launched today

Pretoria, South Africa – African Tourism Board Chairman Cuthbert Ncube today officially declared the African Tourism Board open and operational after less than 2 years in the making and more than 400 members included in 36 African and 25 non-African countries. Download the ATB charter as a PDF https://africantourismboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/ATBCharter2019.pdf It is a New Dawn for

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UNWTO: Tourism is a global force for growth and development

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has met in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 110th Session of its Executive Council (16-18 June). At the meeting, Member States endorsed the Organization’s progress and future plans, as outlined Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, and warmly welcomed the participation of the United States as it explores the possibility of rejoining UNWTO. With

UNWTO: Exports from international tourism hit $1.7 trillion

Exports generated by international tourism reached USD 1.7 trillion in 2018, a 4% increase in real terms over the previous year, a new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows. For the seventh year in a row, tourism exports grew faster than merchandise exports (+3%), reflecting solid demand for international travel in a generally

UNWTO: Sustainability a key part of tourism policies, but more still to be done

Countries around the world are integrating sustainability in their tourism policies but the evidence on the results of their implementation remains limited, research carried out for the first “Baseline Report on the Integration of Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns into Tourism Policies” has found. The Baseline Report, prepared by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in

UNWTO: Local residents remain largely positive to urban tourism

A global survey conducted by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and IPSOS shows a positive picture of local residents’ perceptions towards urban tourism. Looking at 15 countries worldwide, the research also identified what residents consider to be the best ways of managing rising numbers of tourists, highlighting differing attitudes to urban tourism among different socio-demographic

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The new minister from Zambia loves tourism and singing

Ronald Chitotela is the new minister of tourism of Zambia’s., Ronald Chitotela was the former minister of infrastructure.  This was announced after Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu’s latest government reshuffle last week Friday. “We have not time to wait, we have to hit the ground running… We shall continue from where our brother left from in

Tourism Minister Arrested for Corruption!

Tourism in Zimbabwe is seen as the biggest money earner left in Zimbabwe after the overthrow of the Mugabe regime. In charge of tourism is the Honorable  Minister of Prisca Mupfumira. As of today, this minister is in a Harare jail, arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission. Prisca Mupfumira was in charge as the Minister

The Caribbean urged to look within to grow tourism

Leaders in the Caribbean tourism industry have been advised to embrace and develop the strengths of their people to keep the industry among the most competitive in the world. The charge came from the acting secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Neil Walters speaking at the Grenada Tourism Authority’s inaugural awards ceremony held at the Spice Island

Jamaica Tourism Minister attends UNWTO Executive Council Welcome Reception

Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, seen left in the main photo, is keeping the Hon. Didier Dogley, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine for the Seychelles and Dr. the Hon. Charles Banda, Chairman, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council, amused during the welcome reception for delegates to the 110th

Bartlett Announces the Establishment of Four New Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centres

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett says four Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centres (GTRCM) will be opened in Japan, Malta, Nepal and Hong Kong, in an effort to build the resilience of the Asian tourism product.“Today, the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre took on a new global perspective, when Nepal became the

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Opinion

Dr. Taleb Rifai has a message for Africa

 Former UNWTO Secretary-General Dr. Taleb Rifai today issued this statement when joining the African Tourism Board as their Patron. Travel & Tourism Today is a powerful economic sector affecting and changing the lives of Billions of people around the world , but , beyond the numbers and the economic benefits of Generating $ 3.4 billion

Opinion

UNWTO leads discussion on “Tourism Financing for the 2030 Agenda” in Geneva

Tourism’s unique potential as a tool for driving the global sustainable development agenda has taken center stage at a special event hosted by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The session, entitled “Tourism Financing for the 2030 Agenda” was held during the 2019 Global Review of Aid for Trade at the headquarters of the

Opinion

African Tourism Board: The Need for Greater Industry Synergy in West Africa

The 2019 IATA’s Regional Aviation Forum is being held at the Marriott Hotel in Accra, Ghana. On Tuesday Alain St.Ange, President of the African Tourism Board and the former Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine Minister of Seychelles will be moderating a session titled “West and Central Africa as Preferred Tourism Destination: The Need for Greater Industry

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UNWTO Deputy Secretary General Sanclemente leaves: Gustavo Santo from Argentina next?

There will be a farewell cocktail tonight at UNWTO Madrid to say farewell to the UNWTO Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Jaime Alberto Cabal Sanclemente of Colombia. He was appointed Deputy Secretary–General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in June 2018 and decided to leave the organization after just one year. The official version is, Mr. Sancelmente will go into the private tourism industry.

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