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UNWTO has prepared a number of events to be held at FITUR, starting with the presentation of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.

Also, on January 18, the 13th Edition of the UNWTO Awards on Innovation and Excellence in Tourism will commend some of the best examples of sustainable tourism around the world.

Preceding the ceremony on January 16, the awards Forum will serve to present the 12 projects shortlisted from 139 initiatives that were received from 55 countries.

In addition, more than 20 ministers of tourism from Africa will debate the opportunities that the sector can bring to the continent.

The Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) will focus on the role of sustainable tourism to foster social inclusion and prosperity.

The forum, organised in cooperation with Casa Africa, will this year include two round tables, technology and design of new touristic products and capacity development for youth and women in tourism.