+377-92052829 

UFTAA NEWS

on 20 December 2015

2nd UNWTO Conference on Destination Management in the Mediterranean
   

Madrid, 07 May 2015  

Dear Affiliate Member,

On behalf of our Destination Management and Quality Programme, we are pleased to share with you the information for the 2nd UNWTO Conference on Destination Management in the Mediterranean “Quality: the Key Driver for Success in the Mediterranean Destinations”, to be held in Budva, Montenegro, from 22 to 24 June 2015, organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro.

Register now at: http://destination.unwto.org/webform/registration-montenegro

For the programme of the Conference and other general information are available at this website.

 

Sincerely,

The Affiliate Members Programme 

 


The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations specialized agency, is the leading international organization with the decisive and central role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how. Its membership includes 156 countries, 6 territories, 2 permanent observers and over 400 Affiliate Members. Follow us on facebook twitter vimeo and flickr

FacebookTwitter UNWTO Vimeo UNWTO Flickr

World Tourism Organization
C/ Capitán Haya 42
Madrid, 28020
Spain

Tel: (34) 91 567 81 00 - Fax: (34) 91 571 37 33
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - www.UNWTO.org

on 20 December 2015


Madrid, Spain, 11 May 2015 PR No. 15033

UNWTO and ATM Ministerial Forum address intra-Arab tourism

Visa facilitation, open skies, the need to adapt to market needs and the role of events in the promotion of intra-regional tourism in the MENA region were the focus of the debate at the 2015 UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum on Intra-Arab Tourism: Addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities (Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 5 May 2015).

A joint UNWTO/ATM initiative, the Ministerial Forum was held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development and Chairman of the National Council of Tourism and Antiquities of the United Arab Emirates.

“We can all benefit from a common strategy, an Arab tourism strategy, and the United Arab Emirates are committed to support such a strategy”, said Sheik Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, opening the Forum.

“International tourism to the Middle East grew by 5% in 2014 after three years of consecutive decline. These are very encouraging results and show that tourism in the region continues to progress despite its many challenges”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

The Arab market can play a particular role in progressing tourism in the Middle East as it tends to spend more, stay longer and be more resilient in times of crisis due to its greater knowledge about the reality of the region. Participants agreed that although tourism in MENA reveals a diverse picture with the Gulf Council Countries (GCC), North Africa and the Levant destinations presenting different tourism development levels, there are important opportunities to strengthen regional cooperation.

Areas of opportunities identified by participants include visa facilitation and easier land border crossings through enhanced use of technology, growing youth and cruise markets, and the development of thematic routes. Furthermore, participants highlighted the importance of a bigger focus on the domestic market and the opportunity to use upcoming mega events, namely sports events, to change the international image of the region and implement new measures such as visa facilitation.

Alongside these opportunities, participants stressed that challenges remain, including the lack of air lift and open skies policies making air travel within the region still comparatively expensive, talent management and the need to promote job mobility, as well as the importance of knowing the Arab tourism market better and adjust product development accordingly.

Participants also agreed that there are important opportunities to work together as a multi-destination to attract tourists from other regions of the world.

Globally, around 80% of the world’s 1.1 billion international tourists travel within their own region. In contrast, only 42% of international tourist arrivals to the Middle East originate in other countries in the region, despite the extraordinary growth of international tourism in the Middle East over the last two decades, and the increasing level of outbound travel from MENA to other world regions.

Speakers at the Ministerial Forum, moderated by CNN International’s Becky Anderson, included H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Bahrain; H.E. Mr. Nayef H. Al-Fayez, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan; H.E. Mr. Michel Pharaon, Minister of Tourism, Lebanon; Mrs. Nada Roudies, Secretary-General, Ministry of Tourism, Morocco; H.E. Mrs. Maitha Al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary of Tourism, Oman; H.E. Mr. Issa Mohammed Al Mohannadi, Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority; Mr. Abdellatif Hmam, Director General, National Tourist Office, Tunisia; H.E. Mr. Mohammed K. Al Muhairi, Director General, National Council of Tourism and Antiquities, UAE; Mr. Helal S. K. Al Marri, Director General, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Government of Dubai, UAE and H.E. Mr. Mohamed Ali Al Noman, Chairman, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, UAE; Mr. Antoine Medawar, Vice-President MENA region, Amadeus; Mr. Amine Moukarzel, President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA; Mr. Hussein Dabbas, Regional Vice President, Africa & Middle East, International Air Transport Association (IATA); Mr. Gerald Lawless, President and CEO, Jumeirah Group and David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

 

Useful links:

UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum on intra-Arab Tourism: Addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities 
UNWTO at ATM 2015
UNWTO Regional Programme for the Middle East

Contacts:

UNWTO Communications & Publications Programme
Tel: (+34) 91 567 8100 / Fax: +34 91 567 8218

 


The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations specialized agency, is the leading international organization with the decisive and central role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how. Its membership includes 156 countries, 6 territories, 2 permanent observers and over 400 Affiliate Members. Follow us on facebook twitter vimeo and flickr

FacebookTwitter UNWTO Vimeo UNWTO Flickr

World Tourism Organization
C/ Capitán Haya 42
Madrid, 28020
Spain

Tel: (34) 91 567 81 00 - Fax: (34) 91 571 37 33
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - www.UNWTO.org

on 20 December 2015


  Madrid, 08 May 2015

Dear Affiliate Member,

Following the request of our Affiliate Member, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, we are pleased to circulate the attached information on their behalf for your consideration.

As one of the objectives of the Affiliate Members Programme is to facilitate networking and information exchange among our members, please contact us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you would like us to distribute relevant information about your organization and its initiatives among the rest of the Affiliate Members.

Warm regards,

The Affiliate Members Team

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Querido Miembro Afiliado:

Siguiendo la petición de nuestro Miembro Afiliado The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, nos complace remitirle la información adjunta por si fuera de su interés.

Dado que uno de los objetivos del Programa de Miembros Afiliados es el de facilitar el intercambio de información y la interacción entre nuestros miembros, rogamos se ponga en contacto con nosotros a través del correo  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  si desea que distribuyamos información relevante sobre su organización y sus iniciativas entre el resto de los Miembros Afiliados.

 

Un cordial saludo,

El equipo de Miembros Afiliados

 


The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations specialized agency, is the leading international organization with the decisive and central role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how. Its membership includes 156 countries, 6 territories, 2 permanent observers and over 400 Affiliate Members. Follow us on facebook twitter vimeo and flickr

FacebookTwitter UNWTO Vimeo UNWTO Flickr

World Tourism Organization
C/ Capitán Haya 42
Madrid, 28020
Spain

Tel: (34) 91 567 81 00 - Fax: (34) 91 571 37 33
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - www.UNWTO.org