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21 February 2017 Innovation, technology and sustainability - pillars of Smart Destinations
Over three days (15-17 February) more than 100 speakers from 20 countries convened in Murcia, Spain to present solutions and experiences for ‘smart destinations’. The 1st UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations was organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and the Digital Agenda of Spain and the Region of Murcia. 
21 February 2017 Futura norma internacional de turismo accesible para todos
Impulsada por Fundación ONCE, la Asociación Española de Normalización, UNE y la Organización Mundial del Turismo (OMT), tiene lugar en Madrid los días 13 y 14 de febrero la primera reunión de trabajo para la elaboración de una Norma Internacional de Turismo accesible para todos acaba de celebrarse en Madrid. 
15 February 2017 Ambassador of Tunisia presents credentials to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
The Ambassador of Tunisia, S.E. Mr. Wacef Chiha, has presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, accrediting him as Permanent Representative of his country to UNWTO. UNWTO is the United Nations specialized agency for tourism and is based in Madrid, Spain.
14 February 2017 Portugal commits to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017
Portugal has committed to partnering with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The commitment was presented to UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, during his recent official visit to Portugal. Among the initiatives to celebrate the Year, Portugal is promoting the rehabilitation of historical buildings in the interior of the country and routes through natural areas.
8 February 2017 Working Group progresses on the Convention on the Protection of Tourists
The continuous growth of the tourism sector and its current trends and challenges, including those related to safety and security and the expansion of new businesses models, require an adaptation of the global legal framework. In this regard, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been working since 2011 on the development of an international convention to protect tourists and ensure confidence in the tourism sector, an initiative now in its final phase.
6 February 2017 Murcia to host the 1st UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations
To advance and shape a tourism model for the 21st century based on innovation, technology, sustainability and accessibility – these are the aims of the World Conference on Smart Destinations to be held in Murcia on 15-17 February, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda of Spain, and the Region of Murcia. 
3 February 2017 UNWTO and Bench Events partner to foster sustainable hotel investment and aviation development
To cooperate closely and to jointly promote the development of tourism through sustainable hotel investment and aviation development. These are the objectives of the agreement undersigned by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Bench Events, a UNWTO Affiliate Member. 
3 February 2017 Viajes El Corte Inglés commits to Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
Viajes El Corte Inglés has signed the Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, a key element of tourism enterprises’ efforts in the field of corporate social responsibility. 
2 February 2017 UNWTO welcomes the creation of Lithuania’s new tourism brand
With the aim of underlining the sustainable approach of Lithuania to tourism, the country has launched the campaign ‘Real is beautiful’ that emphasizes the relevance of landscapes and nature.
31 January 2017 UNWTO Statement on US Travel Ban
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Specialized Agency for Tourism, expresses its deep concern and strong condemnation over the recently announced travel ban by the United States of America (USA) to nationals of seven countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen).