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31 March 2014 UNWTO welcomes the UK government decision to review the Air Passenger Duty
UNWTO welcomes the recent decision by the UK government to reform the Air Passenger Duty (APD). The current APD system, in place since 2008, has significantly hindered UK’s tourism while creating important market distortions affecting long-haul destinations.  
24 January 2014 Visa facilitation and air connectivity - key areas for tourism development in Africa
Visa facilitation and air connectivity are key areas to address in order to fully seize Africa’s steadily rising tourism performance and foster sustainable development in the region. This was one of the main conclusions of the 5th Investment and Tourism Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR), which gathered 12 African Tourism Ministers and public and private tourism stakeholders, attending this yearly initiative held on the occasion of the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR). (Madrid, Spain, 23 January 2014).
20 January 2014 International tourism exceeds expectations with arrivals up by 52 million in 2013
International tourist arrivals grew by 5% in 2013, reaching a record 1,087 million arrivals, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Despite global economic challenges, international tourism results were well above expectations, with an additional 52 million international tourists travelling the world in 2013. For 2014, UNWTO forecasts 4% to 4.5% growth - again, above the long term projections.
20 January 2014 ASEAN countries could win up to 10 million new visitors by easing visa procedures
A new report published by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows that improving visa processes in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries could generate an extra 6 to 10 million visitors by 2016. The report was presented on the occasion of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2014 (Kuching, Malaysia 17 January, 2014).
16 January 2014 UNWTO activities at FITUR 2014
The presentation of the 2013 UNWTO Awards, a Ministerial Debate on the future of tourism in the Middle East and North Africa and a business-to-business event connecting African tourism companies with Spanish and Portuguese counterparts are among the many UNWTO activities planned for the International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR (Madrid, Spain, 22-26 January 2014).
16 December 2013 UNWTO Secretary-General calls for visa facilitation and air transport liberalization
Addressing the Royal Aeronautical Society at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai called for increased visa facilitation and the liberalization of air transport (Montreal, 5 December 2013).
12 November 2013 UNWTO calls for support to the Philippines
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the devastating impact of typhoon Haiyan which hit an important part of the Visayas region in the Philippines. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims and to the Government of the Philippines.
11 November 2013 T.20 Ministers commit to continue working to improve visa facilitation
The T.20 Ministers´ meeting in London agreed to continue placing visa facilitation as a priority in the aim of stimulating economic growth and generate more jobs through of tourism. (London, United Kingdom, 4 November 2013).
8 November 2013 Tourism Ministers call for higher policy coordination between tourism and aviation
Improving air connectivity through a closer coordination of tourism and aviation policies to ensure the sustained growth of the tourism sector and of air transport was the commitment stemming from the annual UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers´ Summit (London, United Kingdom, 5 November 2013).
28 October 2013 UNWTO and WTM Ministers’ Summit to address tourism and aviation policies
The 2013 UNWTO and WTM Ministers´ Summit at the World Travel Market (WTM) will put a spotlight on the essential connection between air transport and tourism, debating the challenges and opportunities of promoting higher policy coordination between aviation and tourism (London, United Kingdom, 5 November 2013).