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3 January 2017 The Year Ahead: harnessing the power of tourism to build a better world
Dear friends, I write to you as I begin my final year as UNWTO Secretary-General, a position I have been privileged to hold for almost seven years at an Agency I have been proud to serve for the past decade. During this time I have seen tourism become one of the world’s most important and impactful socio-economic sectors of our times. I have seen its growing relevance to the lives of millions around the world, to the preservation of our common values and to greater understanding among people of all walks of life.
29 December 2016 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
12 months to celebrate and promote the contribution of the tourism sector to building a better world. This is the major goal of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 that will start in few days. 
3 November 2016 Urban planning and city tourism need to go “hand in hand”, concludes UNWTO Summit
The 5th UNWTO City Tourism Summit in Luxor, Egypt gathered around 400 experts from 40 countries to discuss the theme ‘Cities: Local culture for a global traveler’. The event, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism of Egypt, concluded on the importance of ensuring urban planning and city tourism development are fully coordinated. Authenticity, local culture, the engagement of local communities and the use of technology were pointed out as key success factors for city tourism. 
28 October 2016 UNWTO Workshop addresses quality in product development in tourism destinations
During two days, 15-17 September 2016, experts from the private and public sectors have discussed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the relevance of quality in product development in tourism destinations. The workshop is the result of the commitment reached through the Memorandum of Understanding undersigned between UNWTO and the Government of Ethiopia in 2014 aimed at developing the tourism sector in the country. 
17 October 2016 Luxor to host the 5th UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism: Cities: Local Culture for Global Travellers
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt are organizing the 5th Global Summit on City Tourism: “Cities: Local Culture for Global Travellers” on 1-2 November 2016 in Luxor. During the summit, UNWTO will launch the Mayors for Tourism Initiative.
27 June 2016 Quality Management key for the competitiveness of tourism destinations
Quality management indicators and processes are key tools for the competitiveness of tourism destinations concluded the UNWTO Conference on Quality Management held last week in Bucharest, Romania.  
7 March 2016 Sport and adventure offer opportunities for snow and mountain tourism
Over two days, snow and mountain tourism professionals held discussions on the theme “Sport and Adventure: A Promising Combination for Mountain Destinations”, analysing the prospects for the development of this segment. The 9th edition of the World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism, entitled “Mountainlikers”, took place in Andorra and was organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of the Principality of Andorra in collaboration with the municipality of Sant Julià de Lòria.
17 February 2016 Andorra to host 9th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism
Discussing the challenges and opportunities in snow and mountain tourism as well as evaluating new business models and the need to incorporate innovative and sustainable practices are the main objectives of the 9th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism. The event, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of Andorra, will take place in Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra, on 2-4 March. 
22 January 2016 UNWTO and neZEH partners present e-toolkit prototype to help hotels become Nearly Zero Energy
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and its partners of the Nearly Zero Energy Hotels (NEZEH) initiative, have presented the prototype of a new tool to engage the tourism sector in energy efficiency. The online tool was unveiled at the NEZEH International Conference held in the framework of FITUR Green (Madrid, 20 January 2016). 
18 January 2016 International tourist arrivals up 4% reach a record 1.2 billion in 2015
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1,184 million in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 50 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled to international destinations around the world last year as compared to 2014.