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World Tourism Day on �Tourism and Water�: greater efforts on water preservation needed
27th of September marks the United Nations´ calendar day highlighting tourism, a sector that is driving socioeconomic growth and development all over the world. On World Tourism Day 2013, dedicated to “Tourism and Water – Protecting Our Common Future” in line with the International Year of Water Cooperation, stakeholders called for greater global efforts in water preservation.  
Countdown to World Tourism Day 2013

With one week left until World Tourism Day (WTD) on 27 September, preparations are on the final stretch in the Maldives, the host of this year’s official celebrations, and in many countries around the world around the 2013 theme, “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”.    

2nd UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism focuses on innovation and new business models

The upcoming 2nd UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism, “Innovative strategies for improving competitiveness and the development of new business models” in Moscow, capital city of the Russian Federation, (19-20 September 2013) will set the stage for the second phase of the “Cities” project initiated by UNWTO last year.  

Malaysia ranks 10th in attracting tourists

Malaysia ranked 10th on the list of countries attracting the most tourists, according to the latest ranking of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

An extra 12 million international tourists in the first four months of 2013

A total of 298 million international tourists travelled worldwide between January and April 2013, 12 million more than in the same period last year according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Prospects for the current tourism peak season remain positive with some 435 million tourists expected to travel abroad in the May-August period.

Airlines will be challenged to meet forecast demand growth

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for new thinking on the relationships between partners in the air transport value chain in order to attract the US$4-5 trillion that will be needed over the next 20 years to meet the growing demand for aviation-enabled connectivity.

UNESCO adds 19 world heritage sites

The World Heritage Committee (WHC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has recognised 19 new world heritage sites during its 37th Conference, which is taking place in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

World Tourism Day 2013 - promoting tourism’s role in water preservation

Centered on the theme ‘Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future’, World Tourism Day 2013 will underline tourism´s responsibility and needed commitment to preserving the world´s vital water resources. The Maldives will host the official celebrations on 27 September 2013.  

International tourism receipts grew by 4% in 2012

Receipts from international tourism in destinations around the world grew by 4% in 2012 reaching US$ 1075 billion. This growth is equal to the 4% increase in international tourist arrivals which reached 1035 million in 2012. An additional US$ 219 billion was recorded in receipts from international passenger transport, bringing total exports generated by international tourism in 2012 to US$ 1.3 trillion.  

International tourism to continue robust growth in 2013

International tourist arrivals grew by 4% in 2012 to reach 1.035 billion, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Emerging economies (+4.1%) regained the lead over advanced economies (+3.6%), with Asia and the Pacific showing the strongest results. Growth is expected to continue in 2013 only slightly below the 2012 level (+3% to +4%) and in line with UNWTO long term forecast.

Cruise industry tops 20 million clients, focuses on Asia

Cruise lines carried 20.3 million passengers last year and expect the numbers to rise in 2013 as more companies focus resources on luring Asian clients, industry experts said on Wednesday.

Tourism forum ends, logo passed to Malaysia

The 32nd Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) came to an end in Vientiane yesterday and the ATF logo was handed over to Malaysia, who will host the event in 2014.

UN General Assembly: ecotourism key to eradicating poverty and protecting environment

A landmark resolution recognizing ecotourism as key in the fight against poverty, the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development has been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (21 December 2012). 

UNWTO welcomes the world’s one-billionth tourist

A British tourist visiting Madrid, Spain on 13 December has been revealed as the symbolic face of the one billion international tourists travelling in 2012. The tourist was welcomed by the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain, José Manuel Soria, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and the Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, at an event in Madrid’s Museo del Prado, held to celebrate a record one billion international tourists in 2012.  

International tourism hits one billion

One billion tourists have travelled the world in 2012, marking a new record for international tourism – a sector that accounts for one in every 12 jobs and 30% of the world’s services exports. On the symbolic arrival date of the one-billionth tourist (13 December 2012), UNWTO revealed the actions tourists can take to ensure their trips benefit the people and places they visit, as voted by the public.