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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…

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2017 International Tourism Results: the highest in seven years

Based on available data for Africa, growth in 2017 is estimated at 8%

International tourist arrivals grew by a remarkable 7% in 2017 to reach a total of 1,322 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This strong momentum is expected to continue in 2018 at a rate of 4%-5%. Based on data reported by destinations around the world, it is…

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Botswana hosts the International Symposium and Annual Conference of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme (STP)

Kasane, capital of Chobe District in Botswana, hosted tourism stakeholders to exchange experiences and knowledge of innovative approaches to enhance tourism and conservation planning, financing and marketing. Under the theme “Empowering Tourism Destinations’ Sustainability through Innovation”, the 10YFP STP International Symposium and Annual Conference also discussed the role of the…

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UNWTO World Tourism Barometer: Southern and Mediterranean Europe, North Africa and the Middle East drive tourism growth through October 2017

Africa (+8%) was the second fastest-growing region over this period, thanks to a strong recovery in North Africa (+13%) and the sound results of Sub-Saharan Africa (+5%)

Destinations around the world welcomed 1.1 billion international tourists between January and October 2017, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This represents a 7% increase on the same period of last year, or 70 million more international arrivals. Strong demand for international tourism across world regions reflects the…

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Statement by Indian Ocean countries – Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles

No reason to be afraid to travel to the region

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…

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UNWTO expresses confidence on tourism in Madagascar

UNWTO Secretary-General and the Minister of Tourism of Madagascar will be meeting the press this week at the World Travel Market in London to brief on the current situation in the country

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai has visited Madagascar to express the Organization’s full support to the tourism sector. Madagascar’s tourism is facing a challenging situation following a plague outbreak which has prompted some countries to implement travel restrictions with Madagascar. Mr Rifai recalled the World…

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On the International Day for Biological Diversity UNWTO announces a training on tourism and biodiversity in West and Central Africa

The programme will build on previous tourism and biodiversity seminars that UNWTO successfully delivered in The Gambia, Ghana, and Tanzania

The Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations has chosen ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’ as the theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity, celebrated today 22 May 2017. On this occasion, UNWTO is launching a capacity building programme on sustainable tourism and biodiversity protection, to be implemented in…