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13 August 2013 UNWTO education network now in five continents owing to Middle East push
16 July 2013 Tourism identified as key sector for high impact in Aid for Trade
The developmental impact and potential of tourism was highlighted at the World Trade Organization’s Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade in Geneva. At the meeting, UNWTO emphasized the increasingly prominent role of tourism in developing countries, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and called for increased support for tourism in international aid for development (Geneva, Switzerland, 8-10 July 2013).
12 July 2013 Delivering new tourism solutions: UNWTO partners with top Spanish engineering company
Research, best practices and new methodologies for tourism development are at the centre of an agreement signed between UNWTO and Spanish public company ISDEFE (Ingeniería de Sistemas para la Defensa de España). This agreement aims at developing pilot projects based on a range of subjects including connectivity, energy in tourism, among others.
18 June 2013 UNWTO and Casa Árabe to promote tourism development in the Arab World
UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai and Casa Árabe Director General Eduardo López Busquets have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote sustainable tourism development and strengthening institutional capacity in Arab countries (Madrid, 10 June 2013).
5 June 2013 President of Cyprus – tourism key for the country
The President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, stressed the importance of tourism to the economy of the island while receiving the UNWTO / World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism. By accepting the Open Letter, President Anastasiades adds his voice to those world leaders which rally support for tourism as a key for growth and fairer development (Nicosia, Cyprus 24 May 2013).
4 June 2013 UNWTO welcomes 39 new Affiliate Members
3 June 2013 World Tourism Day 2013 - promoting tourism’s role in water preservation
Centered on the theme ‘Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future’, World Tourism Day 2013 will underline tourism´s responsibility and needed commitment to preserving the world´s vital water resources. The Maldives will host the official celebrations on 27 September 2013.
28 May 2013 UNWTO Executive Council recommends Taleb Rifai for Secretary-General for the period 2014-2017
The 95th session of the UNWTO Executive Council, meeting in Belgrade, unanimously recommended Taleb Rifai as a nominee for the post of Secretary-General for the four-year-period starting January 2014 (Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, 28 May 2013).
8 May 2013 UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum welcomes over 25 ministers as second annual meeting emphasises need for aviation and tourism sector synergy
More than 25 ministers took part in the second annual UNWTO & Ministerial Forum at the Arabian Travel Market with delegates sharing their views on how to work together towards long-term aviation and tourism sector growth.
5 April 2013 UN Tourism and Crime bodies to call on tourists to play a role in reducing illicit trafficking
In the presence of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today agreed to launch a new public awareness campaign calling on tourists to help reduce demand for illicit goods and services linked to transnational organized crime.