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To advance and shape the global tourism model, the first World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Conference on Smart Destinations was held on February 15 – 17 in Murcia, Spain.

The first World Conference on Smart Destinations took place in Murcia, between February 15 – 17.

Algeria has hosted the first Workshop on Regional Statistics of the Tourism Sector, on February 13 – 15.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is working to convert the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention, in order to increase the commitment of all stakeholders to its principles.

Representatives of 31 countries from the historic Silk Road exchanged ideas on advancing the tourism contribution to sustainability goals during the 7th World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Silk Road Ministers Meeting held at ITB Berlin on March 08.

More than 20 African ministers of tourism met their Middle East and European counterparts, to exchange information and discuss business opportunities in Africa, during the annual forum INVESTOUR held at the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Spain on January 19.

At the 120th Plenary Session of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, Taleb Rifai, secretary general, World Tourism Organization, underscored the role that municipalities and regions play in the growth of sustainable and competitive tourism within Europe.

The Blue Community Observatory hosted by the Patel College of Global Sustainability of the University of South Florida, has become the latest member of the World Tourism Organiza­tion (UNWTO) International Network of Sus­tainable Tourism Observatories.

In light of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for De­velopment 2017, the third international Congress on Ethics and Tourism will be held in Poland in April this year. 

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.