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6 March 2012 One billion tourists key to creating jobs and stimulating the economy – UNWTO Secretary-General
The one billion international tourists expected to travel this year are a vital force for economic growth and social welfare said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, opening the ITB Travel Trade Show (Berlin, Germany, 6 March 2012).  
20 January 2012 UNWTO joins industry voices in support of Obama’s move to facilitate travel
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has joined industry voices in support of the decision taken by the Obama Administration to implement the necessary measures to improve visa and foreign visitor processing in order to create jobs and spur economic growth in the USA.
16 January 2012 International tourism to reach one billion in 2012
International tourist arrivals grew by over 4% in 2011 to 980 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With growth expected to continue in 2012, at a somewhat slower rate, international tourist arrivals are on track to reach the milestone one billion mark later this year.
19 December 2011 UNWTO activities at FITUR 2012
Signalling the beginning of the international tourism calendar for 2012, UNWTO will hold a number of activities at the International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR, addressing key issues facing the sector in times of uncertainty (Madrid, Spain, 18-22 January, 2012).  
8 November 2011 European tourism grows above expectations
International tourist arrivals grew by a healthy 4.5% in the first eight months of 2011 according to the latest data from UNWTO. Europe (+6%), surprisingly, showed the strongest growth amid continuing economic uncertainty.
31 October 2011 Statement from Ministry of Tourism and Sports on the Current Situation of Floods in Thailand
31 October 2011 UNWTO activities at the World Travel Market
A full agenda of UNWTO activities will be taking place at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM), ranging from the annual Ministers’ Summit to a seminar on the future of tourism in the Middle East and North Africa (London, United Kingdom, 7-10 October 2011).
19 October 2011 Prime Minister of Malaysia: tourism key to country’s economic transformation
Tourism has a crucial role in transforming Malaysia into a high-income country by 2020 said Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, on joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17 October 2011). 
14 October 2011 19th General Assembly closes with pledge to strengthen UNWTO
  The over 600 representatives from UNWTO’s Members States and Affiliate Members attending the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly have unanimously adopted proposed reforms in the Organization, allowing it to become more responsive, efficient and relevant in the face of current and future challenges (Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, 10-13 October 2011).
11 October 2011 International tourists to hit 1.8 billion by 2030
International tourist arrivals are forecast to reach 1.8 billion by 2030 according to the newly released UNWTO long-term forecast, Tourism Towards 2030. The report, presented on the occasion of the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly, confirms that international tourism will continue to grow in a sustained manner in the next two decades (8-14 October 2011, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea).