General Travel News

UNWTO and Tunisia to hold International Conference on the Future of Mediterranean Tourism

 UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Tunisia will organize an international conference on the future of Mediterranean tourism on the island of Djerba (16-17 April, 2012). The news was announced at the Tourism Investment Forum for Africa, INVESTOUR, held during the international travel fair, FITUR (Madrid, Spain, 19 January).


“While the Mediterranean may be the most visited region in the world, with over 200 million tourist arrivals a year, it also faces numerous challenges; political, environmental and social,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. The conference in Djerba would offer an opportunity to tack stock of tourism trends in the region, he said, and adopt a “shared vision” to adequately face these challenges.


“Tunisia is back and ready for a solid and sustained recovery; this conference could not take place in a better setting,” added Mr. Rifai meeting with the new Minister of Tourism of Tunisia, Elyes Fakhfakh.


Mr. Fakhfakh pointed to the significance of holding the conference in Tunisia, where tourism provides jobs and incomes for hundreds of thousands of people. “Tunisia has decided its leadership and, with the determination of its youth, has embarked on a new, dynamic future in which tourism is clearly a sector vital to growth,” he said.


The Minister spoke of the profound changes the country had undergone over the past year and the need for Mediterranean countries to come together in forums such as the Conference on the Future of Mediterranean Tourism to share experiences and work together to maintain competitiveness in the global tourism market. “We in Tunisia have a rich history and it is our objective to advance the promotion of our cultural assets as a means to diversify our tourism offer and bring our people closer to the sector,” he said.  


The conference will convene tourism stakeholders from the Mediterranean region and beyond to address how the region can continue to attract large numbers of visitors in the face of sustainability challenges and competition from other world regions. The two-day event is the sixth in UNWTO’s series of destination management conferences.

More General Travel News
Saudi Arabian Airlines wins best stand design award at Arabian Travel Market 2022
flydubai to operate some flights from Dubai World Central during runway refurbishment project at Dubai International
South Korea Pavilion among top five at Expo 2020 Dubai
Latest Travel News
flydubai to operate some flights from Du...
South Korea Pavilion among top five at E...
Collect souvenirs from the first Emirate...
Featured Sights To See
Western Suburbs

Western Suburbs

Stockholm, Sweden

The western suburbs of the city, Västerort, are home to the Bromma Airport, and Kista which is the Swedish center for information technology and contains the tallest office building of the country, the Kista Science Tower, and a shopping mall, the Kistagallerian. It is also home to one of the first planned suburbs in the continent, known as Vällingby. ...

The Diplomatic Quarter

The Diplomatic Quarter

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The Diplomatic Quarter, or DQ as it is popularly known, is home to foreign embassies and international organizations, as well as residential structures and malls. With lush gardens and numerous sports facilities, it is also one of the city's greenest areas. It is especially known for its fine architecture, and is considered a model for other Islamic cities around the world. Despite its name, the s...

What to do with Children in Tow?

What to do with Children in Tow?

Prague, Czech Republic

With its fascinating architecture, Prague can be thought of as an ancient place for children to be enthralled by and enjoy. Along with Prague Castle, there is its fascinating Toy Museum and Miniatures Museum (they are not allowed to touch the displays though). There are numerous toy shops dotted around the city which, when travelling by tram can be entertaining for children, along with the puppet ...

Rani Pokhari

Rani Pokhari

Kathmandu, Nepal

A fence enclosed tank, just off Kantipath is said to have been built by King Pratap Malla for his grief-stricken wife after the accidental death of their son in 1667. The pokhari (pool) was used during the Malla era for trials by ordeal and later became a suicide spot; because of this, the tank is opened only one day a year, the fifth day of the Tihar festival. ...