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18 January 2017 La Organización Mundial del Turismo da comienzo al Año Internacional del Turismo Sostenible para el Desarrollo 2017
Su Majestad el Rey ha presidido el acto con motivo del lanzamiento del Año Internacional del Turismo Sostenible para el Desarrollo, organizado por la Organización Mundial del Turismo (OMT). Un encuentro  que ha reunido a  ministros de turismo de todo el mundo. En la celebración se ha enfatizado el inmenso potencial del turismo para el desarrollo de todos los países en el marco de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible y la necesidad continuar avanzando hacia un sector más sostenible que redunde en el beneficio de las comunidades locales, y la preservación de los valores culturales y naturales. 
4 January 2017 FITUR 2017: UNWTO with a focus on sustainability and tourism in Africa and in the MENA region
The International Tourism Fair in Spain (FITUR), taking place on January 18-22 in Madrid, comprises a number of events organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Activities will have a special focus on sustainable tourism, including the official presentation of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 on January 18.
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. 
2 June 2016 Catalogue of Publications and Electronic Products 2016
4 May 2016 El Salvador and Honduras to host UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas in 2017
El Salvador and Honduras will be the host countries of the 61st meeting of the Regional Commission for the Americas of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).  The decision was one of the main conclusions of the 60th Regional meeting, which concluded recently in Havana, Cuba.  
15 April 2015 Exports from international tourism rise to US$ 1.5 trillion in 2014
International tourism receipts increased by US$ 48 billion in 2014 to reach a record US$ 1,245 billion. An additional US$ 221 billion was generated from international passenger transport, bringing total exports from international tourism up to US$ 1.5 trillion.
8 March 2015 International Women’s Day: Tourism sector can do more to step it up on gender equality
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, calls upon the tourism sector to step up policies and business practices that promote gender equality and women's empowerment.
26 February 2015 UNWTO report identifies common criteria for 4 and 5 star hotel classification
The new UNWTO report Hotel Classification Systems: Recurrence of Criteria in 4 and 5 Star Hotels, identifies the common criteria among 4 and 5 star hotels, providing valuable insights for destinations wishing to revise existing or establish new hotel classification systems.
27 January 2015 Over 1.1 billion tourists travelled abroad in 2014
International tourist arrivals reached 1,138 million in 2014, a 4.7% increase over the previous year, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. For 2015, UNWTO forecasts international tourism to grow by 3% to 4%, further contributing to the global economic recovery.