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A Conversation with UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai on Millennials, Tourism and Peace

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I’m in Yerevan, Armenia, for the opening day of the annual meeting of companies and organizations who are part of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Affiliate Programme. UNWTO, the United Nations Specialized Agency for Tourism, is responsible for promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism worldwide. At this meeting delegates from around the globe will be discussing trends, best practices and transformative ideas, with a special focus on the upcoming 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. I’m here as part of the delegation from Hostelling International, which is a Vice Chair of the Affiliate Group.

UNWTO’s leader is Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. He is widely recognized for his inclusive, forward looking efforts to build a travel and tourism sector that embraces economic, environmental and social aims. In this first of a two part interview, he speaks about millennials, tourism and peace. By Russ Hedge. Read more.

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29 April 2015 – World Tourism Organization Secretary General Taleb Rifai reveals the biggest drivers of tourism development and how they will impact communities for years to come. A Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) interview. Read more.

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Wildlife watching tourism is one of the most important tourism segments in Africa, according to new UNWTO research released on the occasion of World Wildlife Day. In view of tourism’s potential in advancing inclusive growth across the continent, poaching and illicit trade in wildlife pose a serious threat to the future of Africa’s socio-economic development, the publication warns. Read more.

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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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