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24 November 2017 Official visit of UNWTO Secretary- General to the Republic of Congo on the occasion of the first National Conference on Tourism and presentation of the UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
24 November 2017 UNWTO Secretary-General officially welcomes the winner of the travellers´competition
The winner of the Travellers´ Competition, developed in the framework of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017 (IY2017), Katie Diederichs, officially started her trip after meeting with the UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. She will now be embarking on an unforgettable trip across six different countries to tell the world how tourism can make a positive change.
23 November 2017 ETC and UNWTO discuss transnational themes and routes in Galicia
The European Travel Commission (ETC) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held an international seminar in Santiago de Compostela to exchange best practices on how to develop and effectively manage transnational tourism themes and routes. The ETC-UNWTO International Seminar on Marketing Transnational Tourism Themes and Routes was hosted by the Xunta de Galicia and Turespaña on 16-17 November 2017 in the emblematic city of Santiago de Compostela, final destination of the thousand-year-old pilgrim route the Way of St. James.  
20 November 2017 Inaugurated the UNWTO/UAE Tourism Leadership Programme in United Arab Emirates on “Digital Marketing in Tourism”
15 November 2017 The UNWTO Workshop on “Current Trends in Tourism eMarketing” was closed in Kèdainiai
13 November 2017 The UNWTO Workshop on “Current Trends in Tourism eMarketing” was inaugurated in Kèdainiai.
13 November 2017 Jamaica Conference to address the role of tourism in employment creation and inclusive growth
UNWTO, the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank will co-host a Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth on 27-29 November in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Under the theme ‘Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’, the event will assess and discuss the future of the sector in the Caribbean, particularly in view of the impacts of natural disasters such as the recent hurricane Irma.
8 November 2017 Communities’ protests over tourism a wake-up call to the sector
UNWTO / WTM Ministers’ Summit – Overtourism: growth is not the enemy, it is how we manage it Over 60 ministers of tourism and private sector leaders gathered on 7 November in London for the UNWTO / WTM Ministers’ Summit on ‘overtourism’. Moderated by CNN International’s Max Foster, the Summit concluded on the need for the tourism sector to engage more and better with local communities.
7 November 2017 No reason to be afraid to travel to the region
Statement by Indian Ocean countries – Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles The Minister of Tourism of Madagascar, Roland Ratsiraka, the Minister of Tourism of Mauritius, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, SC and the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne met at the sidelines of the World Travel Market in London to express a common message of confidence on the measures being taken by Madagascar to overcome the plague outbreak.  
6 November 2017 International tourism on track for a record year
UNWTO World Tourism Barometer Demand for international tourism remained strong during the Northern Hemisphere summer peak season. International tourist arrivals in July and August totalled over 300 million for the first time ever according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Many destinations reported double-digit growth, in particular in the Mediterranean.