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22 June 2011 President Yudhoyono of Indonesia: first Asian head of state to join UNWTO/WTTC global campaign
The President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has become the first Asian head of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign.
2 June 2011 Central and Eastern European countries join forces for sustainable tourism development in the Carpathian Mountains
The seven Central and Eastern European countries sharing the Carpathian mountain range have agreed to jointly manage the sustainable development of tourism; a sector of fundamental importance to the region. Meeting at the 3rd Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention, the countries adopted the Protocol on Sustainable Tourism, drafted by UNWTO and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which lays the foundations for a coordinated approach to tourism (Bratislava, Slovakia, 25-27 May).
26 May 2011 UNWTO signs cooperation agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS)
UNWTO and the Organization of American States (OAS) have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at developing sustainable tourism policies and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the tourism sector in the Americas.
19 May 2011 President Schmitt of Hungary: supporting tourism through UNWTO/ WTTC campaign
The President of Hungary, Pál Schmitt, is among the first European heads of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign.
13 May 2011 UN agencies commit to make tourism work for development
13 May 2011 UN agencies commit to make tourism work for development
Tourism is one of the top three sources of export earnings for nearly half of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and is a priority sector for their further integration in the global economy. The contribution  of tourism in advancing development was addressed during a Special Event on Tourism for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction organized by the recently created UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD), during a major UN conference on LDCs (Istanbul, Turkey, 10 May 2011).
6 May 2011 President Zuma of South Africa joins UNWTO / WTTC global campaign on the value of Travel and Tourism
The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, is the latest head of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Leaders for Tourism Campaign.
21 April 2011 UNWTO and the Inter-American Development Bank partner to strengthen tourism development in Latin America and the Caribbean
UNWTO and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) deepen their cooperation on tourism development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Joint activities focus on improving the measurement of tourism, strengthening governance and promoting investment in the region.
15 April 2011 UN agencies: current situation poses no risk to travel to and from Japan
Current situation for travel and transport to and from Japan The United Nations organizations (WHO, IAEA, UNWTO, WMO, IMO, ICAO, ILO) closely monitoring the effects of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant remain confident that radiation levels do not present health or transportation safety hazards to passengers and crew. 
7 April 2011 UN comes together to promote tourism for development
Tourism has been identified by more than half of the world’s poorest countries as an effective means to take part in the global economy and reduce poverty. To maximize tourism’s role in helping countries reach their development goals, UNWTO has come together with seven UN agencies and programmes to boost tourism as an instrument for development.