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January 18, 2020

ETOA CEO Tom Jenkins has one word: “Ugh”

How to tourists travel to Europe and the UK after Brexit? These are the questions many in Europe have today after Brexit will now happen by the end of January 2020. How do travel and tourism leaders feel? “Ugh” could be interpreted as disgusting.  Ugh is the comment made to eTurboNews by the CEO of the

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Vacation rental regulation catches up with innovation and UNWTO

Vacation rental regulations are a big issue in many parts of the world and of course for companies like AIRBNB. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has published the first systematic overview of how both national governments and local authorities are addressing and managing new business models in the accommodation industry. The so-called “sharing economy” has experienced significant

UNWTO and EBRD partner to strengthen sustainable and inclusive tourism

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the UNWTO are joining forces to strengthen sustainable and inclusive tourism as a tool for achieving growth and development. Under an MoU, signed by EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti and UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, the two institutions pledge to work together in promoting and fostering tourism

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

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Australia’s South West Sustainable Tourism Observatory joins UNWTO Observatory Network

Australia’s South West Sustainable Tourism Observatory, has officially become the latest member of the World Tourism Organization’s International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). The Observatory will work to monitor tourism in the south-west region of Australia and help guide its sustainable development. The Australia’s South West Sustainable Tourism Observatory (ASWTO) is the first of its

UNWTO: United States moves closer to rejoining World Tourism Organization

A high-ranking official delegation from the US Department of State has met with head of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as the United States of America moves closer to rejoining the United Nations specialized agency for tourism. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Kevin Moley and Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh

Todays UNWTO Star: Hon. Najib Balala from Kenya

The Minister of Tourism of Kenya, The Hon. Minister Najib Balala was elected today to chair the UNWTO executive council. This election took place Friday during the UNWTO General Assembly in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Immediately after this important election the African Tourism Board chairman Cuthbert Ncube congratulated in saying: “The African Tourism Board congratulates the

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

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Opinion

How a United Nations Agency UNWTO want to silence the press?

UNWTO (the World Tourism Organization)  has its own interpretation when it comes to the freedom of the press,  and it doesn’t include U.S. based travel and tourism publication eTurboNews. Under the leadership of UNWTO  Secretary-General Zurab  Pololikashvili, the United Nations seems to be joining countries or government associations,  that see critical media as their enemies. Mr. Pololikashvili is from

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Dr. Walter Mzembi breaks his silence

As the Zimbabwe crisis worsens former long-serving Tourism Minister and candidate in the last UNWTO Secretary-General elections, Dr. Walter Mzembi breaks his silence to weigh in with a prescription on the dialogue between the two main protagonists, incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his nemesis Nelson Chamisa. The Zimbabwean hospitality industry has recently published huge nose dives

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UNWTO SG right-hand man: Mussalim Afandiyev from Azerbaijan – the cleaner

This is a report on UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili right-hand man, Mr. Mssalim Afandiyev. eTurboNews received an email from a person with an official position in the UNWTO system.Since the time is critical to keep delegates attending the ongoing UNWTO General Assembly in Saint Petersburg informed, we decided to publish this letter in a raw,

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Information UNWTO may be hiding at the General Assembly disclosed by an anonymous source

World Tourism Wire received a document from an anonymous source within the UNWTO. The UNWTO General Assembly in Saint Petersburg is about to start, many meetings on the sideline of the General Assembly are scheduled for Monday. We feel this feedback may be important for delegates to see and develop your own judgment. Therefore we’re

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