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International tourist arrivals grew six percent in 2018, totalling 1,4 billion according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) provided its support at the inauguration in Argentina of the first specialised hub for tourism in the Americas: Unidigital, with which a collaboration agreement was signed to promote innovation in tourism.

Unidigital is the result of the collaboration between the public and private sectors to promote innovation in tourism. It will offer services, products and training in digital transformation in order to allow the most disruptive entrepreneurs in tourism in the Americas to develop their projects.

The Hub was presented as part of the UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventure Forum, held on 11-13 December 11 - 13 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“Today is a historic day because we have brought together many tourism authorities of the Americas to inaugurate this place, which is open to any entrepreneur, and where together we will do very interesting things and achieve excellent results,” said Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general, UNWTO. He added, "We are committed to helping them find investors and give them the opportunity to internationalise not only in the Americas, but also beyond the continent.”

The Unidigital Hub opened in the context of the UNWTO Tourism Adventure Tech Forum, the tourism and technology forum organised by the UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Argentina. The winner of the UNWTO Data Challenge 2018 was also announced at the event, Diego Turconi. This project is organised in collaboration with the ieXL of IE University, whose objective is to demonstrate the ability to generate data-driven solutions.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the People’s Government of Guilin, China held the 12th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook on October 25 -27. This year’s edition - ‘The Future of Tourism: Road to 2030´, aligns with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest barometer, international tourist arrivals grew six percent in the first half of this year after a record year of growth in 2017.

Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) participated in the 108th session of World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council.

Middle Eastern country tourism ministers recently considered the importance of tourism’s labour market performance.

H.E. Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, CEO, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), recently headed Bahrain’s delegation at 44th Meeting of World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for the Middle East.

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) is developing a comprehensive sustainable tourism master plan based on a detailed World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) assessment of current performance and future opportunities.

Income spent by global visitors on accommodation, food and drink, entertainment as well as shopping in destinations around the world grew 3.6 percent in 2015, amounting to an estimated USD1.23 trillion, falling in line with the 4.4 percent

Issues such as climate change, effective resource management, poverty reduction and