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International Tourism Growth continues to outpace the Global Economy

Limited data available for Africa (+4%) points to continued strong results in North Africa (+9%) while arrivals in Sub-Saharan Africa grew slower in 2019 (+1.5%)

1.5 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded in 2019, globally. A 4% increase on the previous year which is also forecast for 2020, confirming tourism as a leading and resilient economic sector, especially in view of current uncertainties. By the same token, this calls for such growth to be managed…

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    • Tourism leading other Global Sectors in Advancing Gender Equality, new report shows
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Tourism leading other Global Sectors in Advancing Gender Equality, new report shows

In Morocco, for example, women have been issued tour guide licenses for the first time

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with UN Women, The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), World Bank Group and Amadeus, has launched the long-awaited second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism. The publication highlights the progress the global tourism sector has made in advancing gender…

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    • Kingdom of Morocco wins High-Level Vote to host next World Tourism Organization General Assembly in 2021
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Kingdom of Morocco wins High-Level Vote to host next World Tourism Organization General Assembly in 2021

Member States of the United Nations specialized agency for tourism, were asked to choose between Morocco, Kenya and the Philippines

The Kingdom of Morocco has been officially chosen as the host of the 24th Session of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), to be held in 2021. At the conclusion of the 23rd General Assembly in St Petersburg, Member States of the United Nations specialized agency for tourism, were asked to…

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    • African Tourism Leaders Meet in Saint Petersburg to Plot Future Growth of Continent’s Tourism Sector
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African Tourism Leaders Meet in Saint Petersburg to Plot Future Growth of Continent’s Tourism Sector

The African delegates will remain in St Petersburg for the 23rd session of the UNWTO’s General Assembly, the most important high-level event for the global tourism sector

Leaders from across Africa have met in Saint Petersburg ahead of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to discuss the key issues facing the continent as it looks to grow its tourism sector and harness it as a key driver of economic development and social transformation. Held…

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International Tourism Numbers and Confidence on the Rise

Numbers in both Europe and Africa were up by 4%, and in the Americas growth was recorded at 3%

The latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer from the World Tourism Organization shows that international tourism continued to grow over the first quarter of 2019. Though at a slower rate when compared with the last two years, the 4% increase registered in early 2019 is a very positive…

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International Tourist Arrivals Reach 1.4 billion Two Years Ahead of Forecasts

Data from Africa points to a 7% increase in 2018 (North Africa at +10% and Sub-Saharan +6%), reaching an estimated 67 million arrivals

Middle East (+10%) and Africa (+7%) grew above the world average while Asia and the Pacific and Europe grew at 6%; 2018 totalled 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals (+6%), consolidating 2017 strong results and proving to be the second strongest year since 2010; for 2019, UNWTO forecasts a 3-4% increase,…

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African tourism administrations undersign the Declaration of Kinshasa on fostering tourism as a driver of biodiversity and environmental protection

The Regional Conference served to summarize the itinerary training workshops conducted throughout 2017 which encouraged local communities and tourism stakeholders to act as champions of biodiversity conservation and environmental protection

An intense week of exchange of experiences and capacity building linked to wildlife and biodiversity protection has taken place in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A major result of the regional initiative that lies under the framework of the UNWTO/Chimelong Programme on Wildlife and Sustainable Tourism has been…

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Egypt: 44th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Middle East

44th UNWTO Commission for the Middle East, to be held on 08 May 2018, in Sharm el Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in conjunction with the Minister of Tourism of the Arab Republic of Egypt, has the pleasure to invite Arab Members to the celebration of the statutory meeting of the 44th UNWTO Commission for the Middle East, to be held on 08 May 2018, in Sharm el Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt.…

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New World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Agenda for Africa moves ahead in Berlin

Issues on the UNWTO Agenda for Africa include, among others, connectivity, the image and brand of Africa, poverty alleviation, climate change, education and skills development, and financing

An African ministerial working meeting conveyed by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) during this year’s Berlin International Tourism Fair ITB (8 March) agreed to move ahead with a new ten-point UNWTO Agenda for Africa. The final document will be adopted at the UNWTO Commission meeting for Africa, taking place in…

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Supporting tourism development in Africa through better measurement

UNWTO signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation for the Strengthening of the National Tourism Statistical System of Nigeria

In an effort to better measure tourism growth and development in Africa, UNWTO signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation for the Strengthening of the National Tourism Statistical System of Nigeria and the Development of a Tourism Satellite Account. UNWTO is committed to developing tourism measurement for…