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4 October 2012 Promoting tourism development in Africa – UNWTO signs agreement with Casa Africa
UNWTO has partnered with Casa Africa, a Spanish Government institution mandated to foster stronger ties between Spain and Africa, to promote the development of sustainable tourism across the African continent.  
28 September 2012 On World Tourism Day, stakeholders call for increased access to sustainable energy
Tourism businesses and destinations are committed to the sustainable energy agenda but need the support of the energy sector and governments to move forward, said leading experts from the aviation, accommodation and other tourism industries meeting in Spain for the official celebrations of World Tourism Day 2012 (Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain, 27 September 2012).
27 September 2012 HAPPY WORLD TOURISM DAY 2012
21 September 2012 Countdown to World Tourism Day 2012
With less than one week to go to World Tourism Day (WTD) on September 27, preparations for the official celebrations in host country Spain are well underway.
12 September 2012 International tourism on track to hit one billion by end of 2012
With a record 467 million tourists traveling in the first half of 2012, international tourism remains firmly on track to reach one billion tourists by the end of the year.
2 August 2012 Nominations open for UNWTO Ulysses and Lifetime Achievement Awards
Nominations are open for the 2012 UNWTO Awards, recognizing exceptional leaders in the tourism community, as well as the most innovative tourism initiatives.
19 July 2012 UNWTO strongly condemns attack on tourist bus in Bulgaria
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the bombing of a tourist bus in Bulgaria and condemns the act in the strongest possible terms.
9 July 2012 415 million tourists expected worldwide in the May-August peak season
International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5% in the first four months of 2012, despite remaining economic uncertainties in some of the major outbound markets. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, prospects remain positive for the period May-August, the Northern Hemisphere’s summer peak season, with around 415 million tourists expected to travel abroad.
27 June 2012 Tourism & Sustainable Energy: gearing up for World Tourism Day 2012
Launching the World Tourism Day 2012 (27 September) campaign, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has called on all tourism stakeholders to “play their part in reaching the United Nations goal of achieving sustainable energy for all by 2030”.
20 June 2012 Green innovation in tourism can trigger major economic, social and environmental benefits
Tourism experts from international organizations, United Nations agencies and the tourism public and private sector have outlined how green innovation in tourism can drive sustainable development by reducing costs, boosting revenue, creating jobs and improving resource efficiency (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 June).