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The member states of World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have approved the transformation of the Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention, a landmark document covering responsibilities of all tourism stakeholders in the development of sustainable tourism.

Zurab Pololikashvili has assumed the position of secretary general World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), for the period 2018 — 2021.

According to World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer, destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists during the first half of the year (H1), making the current January-June period the strongest H1 since 2010.

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has recently partnered with World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) in order to develop an instrument that can measure the performance of tourism in metropolitan areas.

In the upcoming World Travel Market (WTM) which will be held on November 06 — 08, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and World Travel Market Ministers’ Summit will discuss the overtourism phenomenon and the impact it is having on tourists, destinations and local residents, while also looking for solutions to help minimise the problem.

Egypt has been named as the second fastest growing tourism destination of the year according to the World Tourism Organization, having welcomed some 5.26 million international visitors to date, a 51 percent increase.

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched Travel. Enjoy. Respect., a consumer-oriented campaign aiming to raise awareness of the value and contribution that sustainable tourism can make towards positive change.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has included the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the list of eligible institutions to apply Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy.

Aiming to provide its member states from Africa, the US and Europe an opportunity to exchange views and experiences on various crisis situations, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with UNWTO Themis Foundation, has recently launched a three day training course on crisis communication.

During the period January – April, international tourist arrivals worldwide grew six percent year-on-year according to World Tourism Organization, with a total of 369 million international overnight visitors.