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UNWTO prepares for Morocco general assembly | News

UNWTO prepares for Morocco general assembly | News

Officials from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Morocco met to prepare for the general assembly event set to take place in October. The meeting will be the first global high-level United Nations event to be held since the beginning of the pandemic. Led by the secretary general, Zurab Pololikashvili, a delegation from […]

UNWTO: 2020 was worst year on record for tourism | News

UNWTO: 2020 was worst year on record for tourism | News

Global tourism suffered its worst year on record in 2020, with international arrivals dropping by 74 per cent when compared to 2019 according to the latest data from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Destinations worldwide welcomed one billion fewer international arrivals in 2020 than in the previous year, due to an unprecedented fall […]

UNWTO secretary general Pololikashvili nominated for second term | News

UNWTO secretary general Pololikashvili nominated for second term | News

The executive council of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has expressed its continued support for secretary general Zurab Pololikashvili. Meeting in Madrid, members nominated him to continue leading the agency for four more years. At the end of the 113th session of the executive council, held as a hybrid event in Spanish capital, […]

Al-Khalifa to run for UNWTO secretary general | News

Al-Khalifa to run for UNWTO secretary general | News

Shaika Mai Al-Khalifa from the kingdom of Bahrain will challenge the incumbent, Zurab Pololikashvili, for the role of secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Pololikashvili was appointed to the role in 2017 and will seek a second three-year mandate during an executive council meeting of the body in Madrid this month. […]

UNWTO: Tourism falls to levels last seen in 1990 | News

UNWTO: Tourism falls to levels last seen in 1990 | News

International arrivals fell by 72 per cent over the first ten months of 2020, with restrictions on travel, low consumer confidence and a global struggle to contain the Covid-19 virus, all contributing to the worst year on record in the history of tourism. According to the latest tourism data from the United Nations World Tourism […]

UNWTO report reveals further reduction in travel restrictions | News

UNWTO report reveals further reduction in travel restrictions | News

The number of destinations closed to international tourism has continued to fall. According to the eighth edition of the UNWTO Travel Restrictions Report, 70 per cent of all global destinations have eased restrictions on travel introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In comparison, just one in four destinations continue to keep their borders completely […]

UNWTO signs Expedia partnership to drive tourism recovery | News

UNWTO signs Expedia partnership to drive tourism recovery | News

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has signed a deal to work alongside the Expedia Group to strengthen ties between the public and private tourism sectors. It is hoped the deal will drive a recovery from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding that will see them collaborate on […]

UNWTO launches new tourism recovery tracker | News

UNWTO launches new tourism recovery tracker | News

As growing numbers of countries around the world ease restrictions on travel, the World Tourism Organisation has launched a new tourism recovery tracker to support the sector. This represents the latest concrete action undertaken by the United Nations specialised agency as it leads the response of global tourism and guides recovery. The most comprehensive tourism […]

Saudi Arabia to welcome first UNWTO regional office | News

Saudi Arabia to welcome first UNWTO regional office | News

The executive council of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has met in-person and virtually for its 112th session. This was the first major in-person event involving tourism and the United Nations held since the Covid-19 was declared a pandemic. The council was able to gather 170 delegates from 24 countries, who all agreed to support […]

UNWTO promotes domestic travel to offset Covid-19 downturn | News

UNWTO promotes domestic travel to offset Covid-19 downturn | News

As restrictions on travel begin to ease globally, destinations around the world are focusing on growing domestic tourism, with many offering incentives to encourage people to explore their own countries. According to the World Tourism Organisation, with domestic tourism set to return faster than international travel, this represents an opportunity for both developed and developing […]

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