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7 December 2015 United Nations declares 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.
1 December 2015 ST-EP project in Lesotho delivers training seminars for excursion providers, tour guides, home stay providers and crafters
13 October 2015 New ST-EP project launched in Mongolia
24 September 2015 World Tourism Day: Celebrating the billion opportunities brought about by the tourism sector
Under the theme ‘One billion tourists, one billion opportunities’, World Tourism Day 2015 emphasizes the impact of the sector on economic growth, job creation and development.
4 August 2015 UNWTO welcomes China’s decision to make tourism a tool to fight poverty
UNWTO welcomes the recent decision of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of China to promote rural tourism as an effective means to fight poverty.
15 July 2015 UNWTO calls for higher financing for tourism in development cooperation
Despite its wide-reaching socio-economic impacts, tourism still receives limited attention as a tool for development. On the occasion of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-16 July), UNWTO calls for higher support for tourism in international financing for development flows to maximize the sector´s contribution to sustainable development across the globe. 
26 May 2015 ST-EP project in Jacmel, Haiti, building capacities for sustainable tourism development
15 April 2015 Exports from international tourism rise to US$ 1.5 trillion in 2014
International tourism receipts increased by US$ 48 billion in 2014 to reach a record US$ 1,245 billion. An additional US$ 221 billion was generated from international passenger transport, bringing total exports from international tourism up to US$ 1.5 trillion.
19 March 2015 Protecting Livelihoods on Mombasa's North Coast
8 March 2015 International Women’s Day: Tourism sector can do more to step it up on gender equality
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, calls upon the tourism sector to step up policies and business practices that promote gender equality and women's empowerment.