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25 May 2018 UNWTO’s Executive Council supports the priorities of the Secretary-General for his mandate and new management team
San Sebastian, Spain, 25 May 2018 - The city of San Sebastian, Spain hosted the 108th meeting of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) from 23-25 May. During the meeting, Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili obtained the support of this key governing body for the priorities that will set up the work of the organization for the coming years. Likewise, the Council supported the new structure of the UNWTO, its renewed institutional image and the designated management team for the implementation of the agreed programme of work.
10 May 2018 Tourism Ministers of the Middle East Focus on Employment at UNWTO’s Annual Gathering in the Region
Madrid, Spain, 10 May 2018 - The 44th meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Middle East, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism of the Arab Republic of Egypt (Sharm el Sheikh, 8-9 May 2018), focused on innovation and digital transformation. It was followed by this year’s UNWTO Regional Conference, which highlighted the importance of tourism’s labour market performance under the theme “Human Capital Development in Tourism: New Perspectives”.
7 May 2018 UNWTO.TedQual Certification - Taylor's University
7 May 2018 Inaugurated the UNWTO.TedQual Seminar in Egypt
4 May 2018 Investment key for tourism development: UNWTO Secretary General meets First Vice President of the EBRD
Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili at the Talk Session at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, met on Friday in London with Jürgen Rigterink First Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
2 May 2018 Inaugurated the UNWTO-UAE Executive Training Workshop in United Arab Emirates on “Innovative Approaches to Destination Branding” in Partnership with MODUL University Dubai with the support of the Ministry of Economy of the UAE
30 April 2018 UNWTO.TedQual Certification - Nanjing Institute of Tourism & Hospitality
26 April 2018 Joint EU-UNWTO Report Provides Better Understanding of Tourism in the European Union
Madrid, Spain, 26 April 2018 - The new report ‘European Union Tourism Trends’, prepared by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in cooperation with the European Commission, underscores tourism’s major social and economic benefits for 28 countries comprising the European Union (EU). EU destinations welcomed 538 million international overnight visitors in 2017, 40% of the world total. EU accommodation establishments provide over 3 billion nights a year, half of which to domestic guests (residents) and half to international guests. Tourism accounts for 6% of the EU’s overall exports, while the direct contribution of tourism to individual EU economies reaches up to 11% of the GDP.
24 April 2018 UNWTO.TedQual Certification - Akdeniz University
23 April 2018 Strong outbound tourism demand from both traditional and emerging markets in 2017
Madrid, Spain, 23 April 2018 - Virtually all source markets reported higher tourism spending in 2017, reflecting continued strong demand for international tourism across all world regions. Both emerging and advanced economies fuelled growth, led by the United States which spent US$ 12 billion more on travel abroad. China spent US$ 8 billion more, consolidating its leadership as the biggest spender in the world. The Russian Federation spent US$ 7 billion more and Brazil US$ 5 billion more, both rebounding from weaker spending in previous years. Strong tourism expenditure reflects enhanced connectivity, increased visa facilitation and a global economic upswing.