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21 December 2015 UNWTO’s Ulysses Prize awarded to Doctor Richard Butler
The 12th UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge in Tourism has been awarded to Dr Richard Butler, Emeritus Scholar of the Strathclyde Business School, in Glasgow, United Kingdom. The Prize recognizes the invaluable work of Dr Butler in areas of capacity building and sustainability in the tourism sector.
18 December 2015 La OMT y el Pacto Mundial España firman un acuerdo para fomentar la responsabilidad social en las empresas turísticas
Promover el compromiso de los agentes del sector turístico en España con la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa es el objetivo principal del acuerdo firmado entre la Organización Mundial del Turismo (OMT) y Pacto Mundial España. Ambas entidades, que forman parte de la familia de Naciones Unidas, trabajan con el sector privado en la consecución de principios éticos y universales del turismo responsable y sostenible. 
17 December 2015 UNWTO activities at FITUR to focus on innovation and sustainability
The opportunities that innovation opens up for tourism and the importance of promoting initiatives in the field of sustainability and ethics will constitute the main topics of the activities to be organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at FITUR 2016, with the support of the Fair. FITUR, whose 36th edition will be held from 20 to 24 January in Madrid, constitutes a global meeting point for tourism professionals.
11 December 2015 UNWTO and Mountain Tourism Cluster to partner on addressing seasonality
UNWTO and the Mountain Tourism Cluster have signed an agreement to collaborate on issues of seasonality in mountain destinations (Madrid, Spain, 4 December, 2015).
14 November 2015 UNWTO strongly condemns the attacks in Paris
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the tragic attacks perpetrated in Paris. On the behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the French people in this difficult moment.
9 November 2015 The Spanish Federation of Travel Agencies (CEAV) join UNWTO, IFEMA/FITUR and Casa Africa to promote INVESTOUR 2016
UNWTO, IFEMA/FITUR and Casa Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Spanish Federation of Travel Agencies (CEAV) to promote the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa - INVESTOUR 2016, among the tourism companies in Spain.
6 November 2015 UNWTO Affiliate Members Board elects its new Chairman
The UNWTO Affiliate Members Board has elected Mr. Edmund Bartlett as its new Chairman at the Board's Meeting held at the sidelines of the World Travel Market (WTM, London, United Kingdom, 3 November 2015).
4 November 2015 UNWTO to hold the 1st Global Conference on Wine Tourism in Georgia in 2016
The 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism, to be held in the Kakheti wine region from 7-9 September 2016, was officially launched by UNWTO and the Georgian National Tourism Administration on the occasion of the World Travel Market in London.
4 November 2015 UNWTO/WTM Ministers Summit: social media changing destination branding
Ministers of Tourism and private sector leaders meeting at the 9th UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers' Summit agreed that destination branding and the way tourism marketing organizations operate need to be adapted to the changes brought in by social media (London, United Kingdom, 3 November 2015).
29 October 2015 UNWTO activities at WTM London to focus on destination branding, the Silk Road and youth travel
The first activity of UNWTO at this year World Travel Market is the 9th UNWTO/WTM Minister’s Summit to be held on 3 November. Under the title ‘Destination branding: new challenges in a changing market’, the Summit will focus on the impact of social media and new business models in destination branding.