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Russia set to withdraw from world tourism body

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order on Friday authorizing the country’s withdrawal from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The proposal was made by the Russian Foreign Ministry, which had reached an agreement with relevant government bodies, according to the published order. UNWTO members …

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UNWTO confirms Russia’s intention to withdraw

Madrid, Spain | Xinhua | The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) confirmed on Wednesday that Russia had announced its intention to withdraw from the organization. “Russia has announced its intention to withdraw from UNWTO,” explained the UNWTO in a tweet, adding that nevertheless Russia must “follow due process – and this will …

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Coronavirus shuts down Africa’s tourist industry

Africa’s hotels, tour operators and airlines are all reeling from the impact of coronavirus. The African Business Magazine’s Liam Taylor surveys the situation The Serena Hotel in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, is a luxurious complex of conference facilities, fine dining spaces and landscaped gardens. In normal times Geoffrey Ssejongo, a waiter, would be …

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Making tourism work

Tourism cannot aid economy unless some things are done right Kampala,Uganda | SUSANNE BECKEN | Would it not be great if something as simple and pleasurable as international travel could help end something as grinding and enduring as poverty? After all, the industry is booming, globally growing at least 4% …

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Kagame gets top world tourism award

London, UK | THE INDEPENDENT | Rwanda President Paul Kagame has recieved the 2017 World Tourism Award for visionary leadership. The award was presented to Kagame on the opening day of World Travel Market London on Monday. Inaugurated in 1997, the World Tourism Awards recognises individuals, companies, organisations, destinations and attractions for …

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World tourism numbers post biggest first-half rise since 2010

Madrid, Spain | AFP |  International tourist numbers grew 6.4 percent in the first half of 2017, the  strongest half-year figures in seven years, with Mediterranean destinations posting double-digit growth, the UN World Tourism Organisation said Thursday. The number of international tourists surged to around 598 million between January and …

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France remains world’s favourite tourism destination

Madrid, Spain | AFP | France retained its position as the world’s favourite tourism destination in 2016, the UN’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said Wednesday, defying concerns over terror attacks. The United States came second followed closely by Spain, according to annual figures that the Madrid-based UNWTO normally announces in January, …

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