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17 May 2012 Visa facilitation can create five million additional jobs in G20 economies
Visa facilitation is central to stimulating economic growth and job creation through tourism. The G20 can have a particularly important role to play in this respect. G20 economies could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, generate an extra US$ 206 billion in tourism exports and create over five million additional jobs by 2015 by improving visa processes, according to preliminary research by UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) presented on the occasion of the T20 Ministers’ Meeting (Merida, Mexico, 16 May 2012). 
10 May 2012 International tourism off to a strong start in 2012
International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5.7% in the first two months of 2012. Demand remained strong in both advanced and emerging economy destinations, despite economic constraints in many of the source markets of Europe and North America.
3 April 2012 UNWTO Affiliate Members elect new Board and Chairman
UNWTO’s over 400 Affiliate Members, including some of the world’s leading tourism organizations and companies, have elected their new Board and Chairman for the period 2012-2013.  
8 March 2012 Spain to host World Tourism Day 2012 under the theme Tourism and Sustainable Energy
The 2012 official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations will be held in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain (27 September 2012). Under the theme “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development”, WTD 2012 highlights the need to bring the tourism sector and energy stakeholders closer together to spur tourism’s contribution to sustainability.
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