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29 March 2017 International Tourists to the European Union reach almost half a billion in 2016
International tourist arrivals to the European Union increased by 4% in 2016, reaching almost 500 million or 40% of the world’s total. This preliminary result is included in the first release of the ‘European Union Short-Term Tourism Trends’, a regular monitoring of EU tourism by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the framework of the cooperation with the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) of the European Commission (EC). 
28 March 2017 Inaugurated the UNWTO/CTO Workshop on “Sustainable Tourism Destination Management & Marketing” in Saint Lucia (in collaboration with GSTC)
27 March 2017 The role of tourism in reducing poverty discussed at UNWTO Workshop in China
The power of tourism to induce poverty reduction and development constituted the main focus of the UNWTO Workshop held in Guangdong, China. The workshop was conducted under the framework of the agreement signed between UNWTO and the Chimelong Group in 2016 designed to support sustainable tourism and wildlife protection through tourism.
24 March 2017 Las nuevas tecnologías, clave en el liderazgo turístico de Europa
Expertos en turismo así como representantes políticos y del sector privado se han dado cita en Madrid para debatir los retos y oportunidades que brindan las nuevas tecnologías para continuar avanzando en áreas como la competitividad y la sostenibilidad del sector en Europa. El encuentro, organizado por la Organización Mundial del Turismo (OMT), Amadeus IT Group y el Parlamento Europeo ha tenido lugar en la Representación del Parlamento Europeo en España. 
24 March 2017 UNWTO appoints Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa as Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
The President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and Chairperson of the Board of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage, Shaika Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, has been appointed as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. 
23 March 2017 Innovación y tecnología, claves para aumentar la competitividad y la sostenibilidad del turismo en Europa
Europa es la región más visitada del Planeta. Sin embargo, el turismo europeo está cambiando rápidamente  de la mano de la digitalización de la economía. El nuevo viajero requiere nuevas experiencias, nuevos productos y mayor conectividad, factores que determinan la competitividad de los destinos turísticos. Para responder a estos desafíos es preciso definir un terreno común para el futuro del turismo basado en la competencia, los objetivos de sostenibilidad en la seguridad de la información y en el uso de big data. Para debatir esta temática así como para compartir experiencias,  la Organización Mundial del Turismo (OMT),  Amadeus IT Group  y el Parlamento Europeo  celebrarán el próximo 24 de marzo un encuentro en la Representación  del Parlamento Europeo en España. 
22 March 2017 UNWTO welcomes Morocco as a partner of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017
Morocco has become the latest country to join UNWTO as partner of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The commitment was delivered at the Moroccan Day of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism held on 20 March in Rabat. 
21 March 2017 UNWTO Seminar addresses tourism development in the Russian regions of the Silk Road
The potential of tourism itineraries and products in the Russian regions of Silk Road has centred the debates of a Seminar conducted last 12 March in Moscow by UNWTO. The Seminar was held in the framework of the UNWTO Silk Road Programme in cooperation with the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism and the Intourmarket Tourism Fair. 
20 March 2017 UNWTO Secretary-General welcomes Japan’s support for tourism when meeting with Prime Minister Abe
The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, applauded Japan’s commitment to tourism development as one of the significant pillars of the socio-economic agenda during a recent official visit to Japan. Meeting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mr Rifai welcomed Japan’s Action Program for Tourism focused on infrastructure development, visa facilitation and technology.  
17 March 2017 Statement: UNWTO Secretary-General Candidates
The Secretariat of the World Tourism Organization referring to decision CE/DEC/15(CIV) of the Executive Council at its 104th session (Luxor, Egypt, 30 October – 1 November 2016), on the procedure for the election of the Secretary-General, informs in regards to the election for the post of Secretary-General for the period 2018-2021.