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3 June 2013 World Tourism Day 2013 - promoting tourism’s role in water preservation
Centered on the theme ‘Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future’, World Tourism Day 2013 will underline tourism´s responsibility and needed commitment to preserving the world´s vital water resources. The Maldives will host the official celebrations on 27 September 2013.
15 May 2013 International tourism receipts grew by 4% in 2012
Receipts from international tourism in destinations around the world grew by 4% in 2012 reaching US$ 1075 billion. This growth is equal to the 4% increase in international tourist arrivals which reached 1035 million in 2012. An additional US$ 219 billion was recorded in receipts from international passenger transport, bringing total exports generated by international tourism in 2012 to US$ 1.3 trillion.
25 April 2013 UNWTO organizes first ever World Tourism Day Essay Competition
11 April 2013 Welcome to the new Knowledge Network Members
15 November 2012 UNWTO unveils winners of the 2012 Ulysses Awards
An online tool that allows tourism business to assess and improve their accessibility and an initiative encouraging tourists to stay with families in Malaysia are among the five winners of this year’s UNWTO Ulysses Awards. 
13 November 2012 Leading scholar awarded top prize for contribution to tourism knowledge
Erik Cohen, one of the world’s leading social science scholars in the field of tourism, has been named this year’s winner of the UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge, honoring those within academia making a significant contribution to the advancement of tourism. 
13 November 2012 UNWTO announces winners of the first UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), Mr. Shao Qiwei, and the founder of the international hotel chain Meliá Hotels, Mr. Gabriel Escarrer Juliá, have been named as the first winners of the UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement. 
6 November 2012 One Billion Tourists: One billion Opportunities - new UNWTO campaign calls on one billion tourists to make their actions count
Small changes in travel behavior can contribute to positive change throughout the world. With one billion tourists traveling the world in a single year in 2012, transforming these one billion tourists into one billion opportunities is at the heart of the online campaign launched by UNWTO to celebrate this historic milestone.
21 September 2012 Countdown to World Tourism Day 2012
With less than one week to go to World Tourism Day (WTD) on September 27, preparations for the official celebrations in host country Spain are well underway.
14 October 2011 19th General Assembly closes with pledge to strengthen UNWTO
  The over 600 representatives from UNWTO’s Members States and Affiliate Members attending the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly have unanimously adopted proposed reforms in the Organization, allowing it to become more responsive, efficient and relevant in the face of current and future challenges (Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, 10-13 October 2011).