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Strengthening Cultural Tourism for the SDGS

The rapid growth of cultural tourism is undeniably evident, and this, according to the UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, “comes with increased responsibility to protect our cultural and natural assets, the very foundation of our societies and our civilizations”.Major stakeholders at the just concluded2nd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture Muscat, held in the capital …


UNWTO To Hold the First Global Summit on Smart Destinations

A few weeks after the presentation and launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will be holding the very first convention on “Smart Destinations” this 15-17th February, 2017 in the Murcia region of Spain. The smart destination conference will bring together government representatives, private sector …


International Tourist Arrivals Hit 1.2 Billion in 2016

Nairobi, 24th January – Destinations worldwide welcomed more than 1.2 billion people in 2016; while 6 billion people toured within their borders, in an unprecedented growth of the domestic travel sector. This is according to the latest tourist barometer report released by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The robust growth in international arrivals maintained …


Beyond the Red Carpet: What the Future Holds for Kenyan Tourism

While releasing the UNWTO results for 2015, the Secretary General, Taleb Rifai noted the importance of countries to “promote policies that foster the continued growth of tourism, including travel facilitation, human resources development and sustainability,” in order to drive the sector to new heights and projections for the present year. These three factors have no …


East Africa Development Forum: Seeking Solutions for Brand Africa

The inaugural East African Development Forum opens today at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa; for a three day event that will bring together representatives from three EAC states as well as the Indian Ocean Islands. President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to give a keynote address to the attendees as part of provisional preparations …

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