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3 January 2017 The Year Ahead: harnessing the power of tourism to build a better world
Dear friends, I write to you as I begin my final year as UNWTO Secretary-General, a position I have been privileged to hold for almost seven years at an Agency I have been proud to serve for the past decade. During this time I have seen tourism become one of the world’s most important and impactful socio-economic sectors of our times. I have seen its growing relevance to the lives of millions around the world, to the preservation of our common values and to greater understanding among people of all walks of life.
29 December 2016 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
12 months to celebrate and promote the contribution of the tourism sector to building a better world. This is the major goal of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 that will start in few days. 
5 December 2016 International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 garners support from the sector
Only few weeks ahead of the official launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, set to take place on the 18 of January 2017 in Madrid, Spain, representatives from various tourism industries and beyond have joined UNWTO to support the celebrations of this important event. 
5 December 2016 UNWTO underlines the potential of tourism to preserve biodiversity - COP-13
With the objective of advancing the contribution of the tourism sector to biodiversity preservation the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) participated in the UN Biodiversity Conference COP13, in Cancun, Mexico (2-17 December). The Conferences is focused on mainstreaming biodiversity across relevant sectors, especially agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism.
19 September 2016 46 Tourism officials and professionals participated to the UNWTO course in Argentina on “The digital tourist”
12 September 2016 Over 40 tourism officials and professionals participated in the UNWTO regional course in Mexico on “Excellence in Tourism Marketing: Social media in the tourism destination”
12 September 2016 The UNWTO course in Argentina on “The digital tourist” was launched
6 September 2016 Inaugurated the UNWTO regional course in Mexico on “Excellence in Tourism Marketing: Social media in the tourism destination”
24 June 2016 Save the date. Happiness and the integration of Tourism and Culture. 13th and 14th September 2016, Aruba
4 May 2016 El Salvador and Honduras to host UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas in 2017
El Salvador and Honduras will be the host countries of the 61st meeting of the Regional Commission for the Americas of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).  The decision was one of the main conclusions of the 60th Regional meeting, which concluded recently in Havana, Cuba.