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UNWTO And Telefónica Partner To Help Destinations Use Data And AI To Drive Tourism’s Sustainable Recovery

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has strengthened its partnership with Telefónica, the Spanish multinational telecommunications company. As tourism restarts around the world, Telefonica deepens its collaboration with the United Nations specialized agency to advance market intelligence in order to accelerate the sector's recovery from the impact of COVID-19.
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UNWTO and Sommet Education Offer 30 Scholarships Through “Hospitality Challenge”

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has partnered with Sommet Education for an innovative Hospitality Challenge. The initiative will grant 30 scholarships for world class education programmes and support career climbers and switchers, entrepreneurs and innovators develop themselves and their projects and so help drive tourism's recovery.
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New Data Shows Impact Of COVID-19 On Tourism As UNWTO Calls For Responsible Restart Of The Sector

As tourism slowly restarts in an increasing number of countries, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released new data measuring the impact of COVID-19 on the sector. UNWTO emphasizes the need for responsibility, safety and security as restrictions on travel are lifted. The Organization also reiterates the need for credible commitment to support tourism as a pillar for recovery.
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“Tourism can be a platform for overcoming the pandemic. By bringing people together, tourism can promote solidarity and trust”: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

As UNWTO leads the restart of tourism, the Secretary-General of the United Nations has sent a message to the world, highlighting the sector's unique role in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in protecting the most vulnerable members of our societies.
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UNWTO Launches Global Guidelines to Reopen Tourism

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released a set of guidelines to help tourism sector emerge stronger and more sustainably from COVID-19. The guidelines highlight the need to act decisively, to restore confidence and, as UNWTO strengthens its partnership with Google, to embrace innovation and the digital transformation of global tourism.
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Coronavirus live news: global cases pass 5.5m as WHO warns of 'second peak'

Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar denies picnic with friends was rule breach; World health leaders urge green recovery; Singapore warns of worst economic contractionGlobal report: ‘disaster’ looms as WHO warns of second peakWHO halts hydroxychloroquine trial for coronavirus amid safety fearsDominic Cummings refuses to resign or apologise for lockdown breachUK coronavirus updates - liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 12.29pm BST As European countries gradually lift their lockdowns, Spain today urg...
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UNWTO Secretary-General says: "Trust Is The New Currency"

It is imperative that we get the world moving again - once it is safe to do so. We are monitoring the introduction of travel restrictions around the world. Our latest data shows 100% of all destinations have restrictions in place.
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COVID-19 Crisis Forces Hoteliers to Review Their Human Resources Strategies | By Alex Sogno

Does the leisure and tourism workforce need to be rescued? Considering the industry contributes 10.4% of global GDP, supporting one in ten jobs on the planet [i], we can affirm that the tourism industry is one of the principal job providers. Furthermore, business recovery is expected to be slow: the UNWTO has estimated a 20%-30% global decline in international tourist arrivals [ii].
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World tourism faces worst crisis since records began, says UNWTO

Travel industry could see an 80% decline in international arrivals for 2020 amid crisis that threatens livelihood of up to 120 million peopleInternational tourism faces its worst crisis since records began, with up to 1.1bn fewer people taking trips globally in 2020. The scale of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact is outlined in a report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which predicts a decline in international arrivals of between 58% and 80% this year.This is due to widespread travel r...
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International Tourist Numbers Could Fall 60-80% In 2020, UNWTO Reports

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 22% fall in international tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2020, the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows. According to the United Nations specialized agency, the crisis could lead to an annual decline of between 60% and 80% when compared with 2019 figures. This places millions of livelihoods at risk and threatens to roll back progress made in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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CORRECTED: 96 percent of travel destinations off-limits to tourists: UNWTO

According to the global review, 90 destinations (countries, territories or states) have completely or partially closed their borders to tourists, while 44 destinations are closed to certain groups of tourists, depending on the country of origin. The report offers a further breakdown by region: 100 percent of Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East have introduced travel restrictions since January, while that figure dips in Europe (93 percent) and the Americas (92 percent). Travel restrictions...
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“Words Alone Will Not Save Jobs”: UNWTO Leads Call For Firm Action By Governments To Support Tourism Recovery

The Global Tourism Crisis Committee has united behind the World Tourism Organization's rallying cry for governments to "go beyond words" and begin taking decisive action to safeguard the millions of jobs under threat as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Travel Brands Strive To Find Balance Between Inspirational And Promotional

As travel restrictions from the Coronavirus have spread across the world, it's evident that tourism is currently one of the most affected sectors during this pandemic. In fact the UNWTO has revised its 2020 forecast and estimates that global international tourist arrivals could decline between 20-30%.
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UNWTO Launches A Call For Action For Tourism’s COVID-19 Mitigation And Recovery

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released a set of recommendations calling for urgent and strong support to help the global tourism sector not only recover from the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 but to 'grow back better'. The Recommendations are the first output of the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, established by UNWTO with high-level representatives from across the tourism sector and from within the wider United Nations system.
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UNWTO Convenes Global Tourism Crisis Committee

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) hosted a high-level virtual meeting yesterday, bringing together key UN agencies, the chairs of its Executive Council and Regional Commissions, and private sector leaders. Tourism is the economic sector that has been hardest hit by COVID-19 and all participants accepted an invitation from the UNWTO Secretary-General to become part of a Global Tourism Crisis Committee, formed as UNWTO prepares to launch a global guide for recovery.
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COVID-19 Statement From World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) observes that full or partial travel restrictions have been - and continue to be - introduced across the world. These decisions are made with public health as the primary concern.
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UNWTO and WHO Agree to Further Cooperation in COVID-19 Response

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili led a high- delegation to the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva to further advance the two agencies' coordinated response to the worldwide Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
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COVID-19: UNWTO Calls On Tourism To Be Part Of Recovery Plans

In an update on the sector's response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) offers a first assessment pointing to a decrease in international arrivals and receipts in 2020. Public health measures need to be implemented in ways that minimize any unnecessary disruption to travel and trade. Since the start of the outbreak, UNWTO has been working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure this is the case.
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A Joint Statement On Tourism And COVID-19 - UNWTO And Who Call For Responsibility And Coordination

As the current outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to develop, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are committed to working together in guiding the travel and tourism sectors' response to COVID-19.
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King of Spain signals strong support for UNWTO’s Tourism ambitions

Held to mark the 40th anniversary of FITUR, one of the world's leading tourism trade fair and the first one to be held every year, the dinner also saw Ministers from around the world join public and private sector leaders to celebrate tourism's status as a key pillar of the global sustainable development agenda.
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EBRD and UNWTO team up to promote inclusive tourism and achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Madrid, - The EBRD and the UNWTO are joining forces to strengthen sustainable and inclusive tourism as a tool for achieving growth and development.
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Today is World Tourism Day!

Ever since its inception, World Tourism Day is celebrated on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. As the official day set aside in the United Nations Calendar the celebration seeks to highlight tourism potential to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing some of the most pressing challenges society is faced with today.In 2019, in line with UNWTO’s...
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European Tourism Ministers meet in Croatia to Advance Development, Innovation and Partnerships

Croatia was unanimously chosen to host the annual meeting of the tourism ministers of UNWTO Member States in Europe. The country is one of the region's tourism destinations, welcoming 20 million international arrivals in 2018, a 6.7% increase on the previous year. A strong partner of UNWTO, the country is home to the Zagreb Sustainable Tourism Observatory, part of the global UNWTO Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories.
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UNWTO and Basque Culinary Center launch Guidelines for the Development of Gastronomy Tourism

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Basque Culinary Center (BCC) have launched a new set of guidelines to help destinations benefit from the growing interest in gastronomic tourism. The joint initiative was presented at the 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in San Sebastian, Spain.
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Travel News: January 23, 2019

International tourism hits 2020 forecast two years early CNN Last year was a very good year for international tourism, according to a new report from the United Nations World Tourism Organization. In 2018, there were 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals, a figure the UNWTO didn’t expect global tourism to hit until 2020. “The growth of tourism in recent years confirms that the sector is today one of the most powerful drivers of economic growth and development,” said UNWTO Secretary-General...
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How cities can fix tourism hell

A steep and rapid rise in tourism has left behind a wake of economic and environmental damage in cities around the globe. In response, governments have been responding with policies that attempt to limit the number of visitors who come in. We’ve decided to spare you from any more Amazon HQ2 talk and instead focus on why cities should shy away from reactive policies and should instead utilize their growing set of technological capabilities to change how they manage tourists within city lines. ...
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UNWTO Calls for Tech and Investment in Tourism at World Travel Market 2018

The 2018 edition of World Travel Market (WTM) will see the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) continue its operational focus on investing in innovation and digital advances for a tourism sector that can deliver opportunities for all. UNWTO will co-host a Ministerial Summit and launch a white paper on the relationship between music and tourism at the UK tourism trade fair on 6-7 November 2018.
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UNWTO Agenda Receives Strong Support at Executive Council and Introduces Technology Forum

he World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) concluded its 109th Executive Council session in Manama, Bahrain today, with Members showing appreciation both for progress made under the 2018 institutional priorities and for the Organization's financial stability and restructuring process. Tomorrow UNWTO will also introduce a forum named 'Tourism Tech Adventure: Big Data Solutions, bringing together the 'ecosystem' of tourism innovation and raising the sector's role in the digital agenda.
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Sustainability Set to Shape New Standard of Tourism Statistics

The World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) initiative Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism (MST) received a boost last week when its working group met in Madrid (24-25 October). After successful pilot studies to produce credible and comparable data, the initiative is on track with its aim of getting the MST framework adopted as the third international standard on tourism statistics.
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New UNWTO Global Report on Inclusive Tourism Destinations launched on the occasion of UN Day 2018

A new report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), produced in collaboration with UNWTO Affiliate Member globaldit, presents a model for inclusive tourism destinations. 'Global Report on Inclusive Tourism: Model and success stories" is launched on the occasion of the UN Day 2018 celebration in Madrid, Spain.
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