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5 September 2011 Leading media and tourism experts lined up for ‘Tourism in the Headlines’
30 August 2011 Online toolkit set to help hotels reduce energy footprint and costs
Following three years of testing and extensive research, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and its partners have launched an online tool to help hotels evaluate their energy consumption and assist in improving their energy management and cutting costs. 
22 August 2011 UNWTO and SNV partner to advance tourism training for the informal sector in developing countries
Capacity building and knowledge transfer are at the center of competitive destinations and sustainable development efforts. A new project, High Impact Tourism Training (HITT), implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation with support from UNWTO, will provide training to 8.000 tourism workers and entrepreneurs from the informal sector in seven developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.  
11 August 2011 Egypt to host official World Tourism Day celebrations
The Egyptian city of Aswan will host the official 2011 World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations, which will include a High-Level Think Tank on this year’s theme, ‘Tourism – Linking Cultures’ (27 September 2011).
15 July 2011 Tourism Ministers to discuss how to consolidate recovery at World Travel Market
The fifth and largest UNWTO Ministers’ Summit held in cooperation with World Travel Market will look at how the travel and tourism sector can prosper following the global downturn (London, UK, 8 November 2011).
7 July 2011 UNWTO and Spain announce major conference on ethics and tourism
UNWTO and Spain have come together to organize the First International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, to address some of the most pressing ethical issues currently facing the tourism sector (15-16 September, Madrid, Spain).
30 June 2011 International tourism maintains momentum despite challenges
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.5% in the first four months of 2011, despite new challenges emerging since the beginning of the year. According to the latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, growth was positive in all regions with the exception of the Middle East. Some subregions achieved double-digit growth: South America (+17%), South Asia (+14%) and South-East Asia (+10%).
29 June 2011 UNWTO presents overview of international tourism in 2010
22 June 2011 UNWTO Executive Council endorses efforts to better position tourism in the global agenda
UNWTO Member States attending the 90th Session of the UNWTO Executive Council have expressed their support for UNWTO’s activities aimed at positing tourism higher in the global political and economic agenda (19-21 June, Mombasa, Kenya). 
20 June 2011 Tourism – Linking Cultures: UNWTO launches World Tourism Day 2011
World Tourism Day 2011 will be celebrated under the theme Tourism – Linking Cultures, an opportunity to highlight tourism’s role in bringing the cultures of the world together and promoting global understanding through travel (27 September 2011).