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3 November 2016 Urban planning and city tourism need to go “hand in hand”, concludes UNWTO Summit
The 5th UNWTO City Tourism Summit in Luxor, Egypt gathered around 400 experts from 40 countries to discuss the theme ‘Cities: Local culture for a global traveler’. The event, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism of Egypt, concluded on the importance of ensuring urban planning and city tourism development are fully coordinated. Authenticity, local culture, the engagement of local communities and the use of technology were pointed out as key success factors for city tourism. 
14 October 2016 JATA Tourism Expo Japan 2016, Japan Gastronomy Tourism Symposium
6 October 2016 Armenia hosts the 38th Plenary Session of the UNWTO Affiliate Members
The 38th Plenary Session of the UNWTO Affiliate Members took place in Yerevan, Armenia between 1 and 4 October. The meeting discussed the latest tourism trends, public-private collaboration and promoting good practices in the sector. The event was held in parallel with the  43rd UNWTO Affiliate Members Board meeting, which adopted the Affiliate Members 2017 Action Plan.
16 May 2016 UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism: Call for Applications is now open
The call for applications for the 13th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism is now open. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2016.
11 May 2016 Security, travel facilitation, sustainability and new technologies among priorities addressed by UNWTO Executive Council
With the attendance by more than 300 representatives from 50 countries, including 17 ministers and secretaries of tourism, the 103rd session of the UNWTO Executive Council concluded on Wednesday. The session took place during a key time for the sector as it continues on its upward growth trend, already accounting for 7 per cent of total world exports.     
27 April 2016 The World Tourism Organization and the Leading Brands of Spain Forum Develop the First Prototype for Wine Tourism
The project’s initial progress was presented for the first time at the exhibit Alimentaria 2016, which recently held its 40th edition in Barcelona. The initiative is based on the UNWTO prototype methodology for international application. Five of the great Spanish wineries, members of the Leading Brands of Spain Forum, are participating in this project.  The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with the Leading Brands of Spain Forum (FMRE), is developing a model for the promotion of wine tourism. The initiative is based on a prototype for wine tourism in which the wineries Barbadillo, González & Byass, Freixenet Group, Osborne and Pagos del Rey participate.  
25 January 2016 Shopping Tourism, key for destination marketing
“One of the most used tools in the promotion of destinations” this is how Shopping Tourism was described at the opening of the 2nd Conference on this segment, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on the occasion of the Spanish Tourism Fair (FITUR) (22 January 2016).  
21 January 2016 Perú y la Organización Mundial de Turismo Presentan en FITUR el II Foro Mundial de Turismo Gastronómico
La Viceministra de Turismo de Perú y el Secretario General de la OMT  firman el acuerdo de colaboración este mediodía Esta segunda edición del Foro tendrá lugar en Perú del 27 al 29 de abril en el recientemente inaugurado Centro de Convenciones de Lima La Viceministra de Turismo de Perú, María del Carmen de Reparaz; el Secretario General de la Organización Mundial de Turismo (OMT), Taleb Rifai,y el director general del Basque Culinary Center (BCC), Joxe Mari Aizega presentaron este mediodía en FITUR el II Foro Mundial de Turismo Gastronómico, que tendrá lugar en Lima del 27 al 29 de abril de 2016.
18 January 2016 International tourist arrivals up 4% reach a record 1.2 billion in 2015
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1,184 million in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 50 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled to international destinations around the world last year as compared to 2014. 
14 January 2016 Visa Openness levels continue to progress
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been long advocating for the need to advance travel faciliation as a means to promote tourism development and multiply its socio-economic benefits. According to UNWTO's latest Visa Openess Report, the share of tourists requiring to obtain a visa prior to travelling continues to decline and is at its lowest level ever. In 2015, 39% of the world population could travel for tourism without obtaining a traditional visa prior to departure as compared to only 23% in 2008.