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World Tourism Organization

An organization within the United Nations that promotes tourism worldwide. It conducts activities to encourage sustainable, business friendly tourism. It was established in 1974 and is based in Madrid.
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For the UNWTO official, the second reason for which the country must be supported, is "that Tunisia is the only light spot in the Arab world and it is a very great responsibility to protect this jewel of the region.
The cooperation will benefit from UNWTO s experience and expertise in the areas of education and training through the UNWTO.
Routes Silk Road 2014 is an excellent initiative that will surely help address the travel facilitation challenges along this tourism route and we are thus very happy to hold the UNWTO Silk Road Task Force meeting alongside Routes.
Considering that over 50% of the world's international tourists arrive to their destinations by plane, promoting air connectivity and a closer alignment between tourism and aviation policies is one of UNWTO main priorities", said Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General.
2013 was an excellent year for international tourism" said UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai.
In January, the UNWTO released a report underscoring the necessity of less stringent visa requirements around the world, as well as the facility of an electronic visa system.
As we work to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and define a post-2015 development agenda, I call on all UNWTO members and the global tourism community to examine how best to contribute to sustainable development.
The President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, stressed the importance of tourism to the economy of the island while receiving the UNWTO / World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism.
The UAE plays a central role not only in the development of tourism in the region but also in linking the Middle East with other regions and we expect that by working together we will enhance tourism within and to the Emirates as well as increase regional cooperation," said the UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai at the UNWTO and Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum on Tourism and Aviation in Dubai.
Chiranjeevi, who inaugurated the 25th Joint Meeting of UNWTO Commissions for South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific here on Saturday, said by hosting this event India has been able to showcase its rich heritage to the world.
UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, said, '2012 saw continued economic volatility around the globe, particularly in the Eurozone, yet international tourism managed to stay on course.
UNWTO numbers showed that the only region to report a decline in tourist numbers compared with the first eight months of 2011 was the Middle East with 1 percent fewer arrivals.