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Berlin, Germany / Madrid, Spain, 3 March 2015 – In his ITB 2015 opening address, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai highlighted how new technologies are changing society and shaping the tourism sector, shifting power from governments and companies to citizens and consumers. Rifai recalled that with power comes responsibility and highlighted tourism´s capacity to overcome prejudice in an often divided world. Read more.

 

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Floating Village in Cambodia

The Disproportionate Growth of Tourism, or what I would personally call “The Bucket List Phenomena”, is something affecting many countries and regions around the globe. The problem is that it is not sustainable, already sites like Angor Wat and others around the globe have too many visitors, more than they can cope with to the point where sites are getting damaged and their future sustainability threatened. Mario Hardy. Read more.

 

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European tourism professionals, accessibility experts and policymakers talk about the business case for accessible tourism and how destinations and enterprises can win more business by responding to market changes. The interviews were recorded at the European Conference, “Mind the Accessibility Gap. Re-Thinking Accessible Tourism in Europe” on 6th June 2014. Read more.

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PATA Thailand Chapter

With estimates of foreign demand for Thailand as a destination approaching a possible 50 million before the end of this current decade, serious attention needs to given to managing that demand over simply stimulating more. Theodore Koumelis. Read more.

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Call for more investment in world’s protected areas

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The world’s national parks and nature reserves receive eight billion tourist visits a year, generating around $600bn of spending, according to research. The idea of natural capital, the worth of natural assets, is increasingly being used in policy making. It is based on assigning economic value to the natural environment in order to better preserve it in the future. Helen Briggs. Read more.

 

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Former Head of UNICEF to Chair the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection

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UNWTO is pleased to announce that Carol Bellamy, former Executive Director of UNICEF (1995-2005), is the new chair of the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection. Ms. Bellamy starts her tenure at the Network’s 30th meeting in connection with ITB Berlin in March 2015, where the Network’s agenda for the coming year will be established. Read more.

 

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UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture gathers Ministers of Tourism and Culture for the first time

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Over 900 participants, including over 45 Ministers and Vice Ministers of Tourism and Culture, international experts, speakers and guests from 100 countries, gathered at the UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to explore and advance new partnership models between tourism and culture. Read more.

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Way back in 2003, when I was new to CSR and had just joined Wells Fargo, one of our team members was granted a six month paid leave to work with a nonprofit to create an entrepreneurship program for women in Armenia. The effort was so successful that she was asked to speak at the United Nations; not long after, she left the company to pursue that work. Peter Dudley. Read more.

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How Can Brands Build a Culture of Responsibility?

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One thing holding CSR back is its persistent treatment as a program within the business enterprise, distinct from core business activity. At best, it is treated like a corporate service, such as IT, finance, legal and HR. But it is still far from being considered a fundamental part of a company’s culture and brand identity. Misha Pinkhasov. Read more.

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Asia’s environmental awareness slowly growing

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Green, sustainable, environmentally friendly, ecotourism. These terms are increasingly heard in recent years wherever the business events industry meets. Even conferences, such as the Inaugural Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality in Asia, held in Hiroshima, Japan in October, now focus on the topic. Garry Marchant. Read more. 

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