During an official visit to Ethiopia, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, met with President Mulatu Teshome, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen, and Minister of Culture & Tourism, Amin Abdulkadir, to address the advancement of tourism in Ethiopia and the key role of the sector in the countrys socio-economic development. (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-18 July 2014).
UNWTO welcomes the new Saudi legislation aimed at protecting the countrys antiquities and heritage as well as to give the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) the mandate to ensure its preservation. Heritage conservation is today fundamental to safeguard cultural legacy but also to promote and preserve key tourism assets which are central to differentiating destinations all around the world.
Ahead of a new global marketing campaign launching later this year, Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing has debuted a new brand for the destination. The new logo, launched last week at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), features the word 'Dubai' written in both the Arabian and Roman alphabets, reflecting the city's rich multiculturalism.
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has expressed serious concerns about the negative impact that a new tourism tax on air passengers and hotel guests in Africa, currently being discussed among members of the African Union, would have on Africa´s tourism sector. Tourism is one of the main contributors to Africas balance of payments, a source of livelihood for millions in the continent and one of the sectors where the region has a major competitive advantage in international markets.
Qatar's new Hamad International Airport (HIA) extended its jetways today to welcome arriving passengers for the first time to the world's newest aviation hub. A press conference was held earlier today at the HIA passenger terminal to mark the soft launch of the airport.