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9 June 2011 UN Women’s head commends tourism as engine for gender equality
On her first visit to Spain as Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet visited UNWTO headquarters in Madrid to strengthen collaboration between the two UN bodies in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the tourism sector.
3 June 2011 International community to back tourism development in West African Parks
International development banks, UN agencies and intergovernmental organizations have pledged to support the sustainable development of tourism in a network of parks spanning ten countries in West Africa. Commitments to the West Africa Parks Project came out of a UNWTO Donor’s Conference held in Dakar, Senegal (27-28 May 2011), chaired by the Prime Minister of Senegal,Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye,and attended by Ministers of Tourism of West African countries.    
19 May 2011 President Schmitt of Hungary: supporting tourism through UNWTO/ WTTC campaign
The President of Hungary, Pál Schmitt, is among the first European heads of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign.
13 May 2011 UN agencies commit to make tourism work for development
Tourism is one of the top three sources of export earnings for nearly half of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and is a priority sector for their further integration in the global economy. The contribution  of tourism in advancing development was addressed during a Special Event on Tourism for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction organized by the recently created UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD), during a major UN conference on LDCs (Istanbul, Turkey, 10 May 2011).
11 May 2011 International Tourism: First results of 2011 confirm consolidation of growth
International tourist arrivals grew by close to 5% during the first months of 2011, consolidating the 7% rebound registered in 2010. According to the April Interim Update of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, growth was positive in all world (sub)regions during January and February 2011, with the exception of the Middle East and North Africa. South America and South Asia led growth (both at +15%), followed by Subsaharan Africa (+13%) and Central and Eastern Europe (+12%).
6 May 2011 President Zuma of South Africa joins UNWTO / WTTC global campaign on the value of Travel and Tourism
The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, is the latest head of state to join the ongoing World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Leaders for Tourism Campaign.
29 April 2011 UNWTO strongly condemns bombing in Morocco
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the bomb attack at the Argana cafe in Djemaa el-Fna square in Marrakesh, Morocco. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO has conveyed its heartfelt sympathy to the Government of Morocco and its commitment to help in any way considered appropriate.
27 April 2011 UNWTO Supporting Tourism Recovery in Tunisia
UNWTO will support the Recovery Plan designed by the Ministry of Tourism of Tunisia to revive the tourism sector. The agreement was reached during the recent official visit of UNWTO Secretary-General to Tunisia (20-21 April 2011).
4 April 2011 Donors’ conference to mobilize resources for sustainable tourism development in West African parks and protected areas
A UNWTO international donors’ conference is looking to mobilize funds to support sustainable tourism development in cross-border parks and protected areas spanning ten countries in West Africa (Dakar, Senegal, 27-28 May 2011).