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Four Reasons Tourism is Strategic for Economic Growth

Four Reasons Tourism is Strategic for Economic Growth

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai gave an interesting today in Madrid in which he highlighted four key reasons why tourism is a strategic pillar for fostering economic growth and promoting employment. Here is an excerpt from his speech: 1. Tourism creates jobs at a rate higher than many other sectors. We all know tourism is one of […]

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SW Associates Presents Tourism Investment Report to COMCEC

SW Associates Presents Tourism Investment Report to COMCEC

At the Third Tourism Working Group meeting of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC), SW Associates President Scott Wayne and Senior Tourism Consultant Manuel Knight presented a comprehensive report on tourism investment globally and in COMCEC’s 57 member countries. Tourism is one of the world’s fastest […]

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UNWTO Secretary-General calls for visa facilitation and air transport liberalization

UNWTO Secretary-General calls for visa facilitation and air transport liberalization

UNWTO Secretary Taleb Rifai addressed the Royal Aeronautical Society at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters, and called for increased visa facilitation and the liberalization of air transport (Montreal, 5 December 2013). As SW Associates experiences on multiple projects, including most recently in Zambia, these are critical issues for the sustainable growth of tourism, especially […]

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Minister of Tourism and Arts for Zambia introduces new draft tourism policy

Minister of Tourism and Arts for Zambia introduces new draft tourism policy

Republic of Zambia Ministry of Tourism and Arts Statement delivered by Honorable Sylvia T. Masebo, MP, Minister of Tourism and Arts at the Opening Ceremony of the National Conference to Adopt the Final Draft of the Tourism Policy Document Held at Government Complex on 11th December 2013 I am happy to deliver the opening address […]

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Thousand Hills Trail Launched in Rwanda

Thousand Hills Trail Launched in Rwanda

The Trail begins on the shores of Lake Kivu along the western edge of Rwanda across from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and extends south for 227 kms from Rubavu to Rusizi via the Karongi and Nyamasheke Districts. The trail offers stunning scenery, coffee and tea experiences, and visits to towns and villages along […]

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The Noguchi Museum appoints Kenneth Wayne Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs

The Noguchi Museum appoints Kenneth Wayne Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs

[This is a more personal post — a press release about my brother, Ken and am proud of him!] For Immediate Release—Queens, New York, December 15, 2011 . . . Jenny Dixon, Director, The Noguchi Museum, today announced that Kenneth Wayne has been named Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at The Noguchi Museum. Mr. Wayne, who assumes his […]

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OECD and UNEP Publish Report for Policymakers on Climate Change and Tourism

OECD and UNEP Publish Report for Policymakers on Climate Change and Tourism

The OECD and UNEP have just published “Climate Change and Tourism Policy in OECD Countries.” The Report estimates that global greenhouse gas emissions from tourism could double in 25 years. They conclude that “Policy-makers must now develop effective strategies, regulations and incentives that focus on its main sources of current and future emissions.” Is it […]

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Sharjah UAE Tourism Market Positioning Pays Off

Sharjah UAE Tourism Market Positioning Pays Off

The Emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates has been increasingly and successfully positioning itself as a diverse family destination. According to Director General Mohamed A. Al Noman, Sharjah is a complete holiday destination for all sorts and categories of international tourists.   “Sharjah attracts both the East and the West and European travellers as well as […]

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Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Launch Common Tourism Policy on Oct 1st

Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Launch Common Tourism Policy on Oct 1st

The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States agreed on a common tourism policy and expects to launch it next week. The new policy is facilitating travel between several countries in the region, which will be a boost to tourism. Members of OECS countries will not need visas to travel to and between Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, […]

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Today is World Tourism Day!

Today is World Tourism Day!

The UNWTO originated World Tourism Day (WTD) in 1970 as part of the Organization’s statutes. In 1997, UNWTO began designating a country to “host” the Organization’s celebration of WTD.  It is now recognized globally as a day to push for increased awareness of tourism as a positive force for natural and cultural heritage, sustainable economic […]

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