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UNWTO: Italy elected to chair executive council

Italy was unanimously elected to the presidency of World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) during the 89th council meeting on the island of Kish (Iran) and will exercise its mandate, renewable, for the entire 2011. The ceremony of installation in office of Ms. Brambilla, as chairman of the executive council will be held in Madrid on November 12, 2010.

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UNWTO: tourism can help meet biodiversity targets

UNWTO has called on delegates attending the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) in Nagoya, Japan, to recognize tourism’s role in safeguarding biodiversity as they shape and agree on a global strategy to save the world’s ecosystems. As part of the decisions adopted by the Parties, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will continue collaboration with UNWTO, including a review of the implementation of the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.

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UNWTO executive council proposes a global legal framework for the protection of tourists

As a consequence of the impact of this April's "ash cloud" on tourism activity in Europe, the 89th Session of UNWTO Executive Council (Kish Island, I.R. of Iran, October 25-26, 2010) has decided to initiate a study on a possible new legal instrument for protecting tourists. The study will focus on the harmonization of issues directly linked with the rights and obligations of tourists and stakeholders and will be modeled upon existing regulations.

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UNWTO supports T.20 advances in positioning tourism in the gloabl agenda

UNWTO welcomes the decision of the Second T.20 Ministers’ Meeting, held in Bueyo, Republic of Korea (11-13 October), to convey to the President of the Republic of Korea in his capacity as Chair of the forthcoming G-20 Seoul Summit, the message that: “Tourism can make an important contribution to the initiatives that the G-20 is undertaking to achieve shared growth beyond crisis, particularly in terms of global job creation and the development agenda.
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UNWTO advances partnership approach for monitoring sustainability

The Global Observatory on Sustainable Tourism (GOST), a UNWTO initiative for the monitoring and evaluating of sustainable tourism policies, received a significant boost following the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between UNWTO and Sun Yet-Sen University in Guangzhou, China.
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New UNWTO report highlights impact of demographic change on tourism

Demographic change will have major implications for the tourism sector over the coming decades, but also presents important opportunities. This is among the central findings of the recently published UNWTO/European Travel Commission (ETC) report on ‘Demographic Change and Tourism’.

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UNWTO: debate on sustainability of big sporting events

Focusing on the 2012 Olympics in the context of similar mega-events such as this year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and the next one in Brazil, this debate which will be modelled on the highly interactive Questiontime format will examine the critical issue of tourism, mega sporting events and job creation.

The debate will be held in 76 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NT , UK on Tuesday 21st September 2010 18:15 - 2130.

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UNWTO reports 7 % rise in tourist arrivals for first half 2010

The first six months of 2010 saw international tourist arrivals grow by 7% according to the August Interim Update of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This result confirms the recovery trend beginning in the last quarter of 2009 and is expected to continue in the second half of the year at a somewhat more moderate rate.