Articles tagged “united nations”

Tourism

Russia Withdraws From UN Tourism Organization After Suspension Threat

Russia may have pulled out, but the vote will still go ahead as without this formal process the suspension won't be immediate. If it goes through, expect more international organisations to follow suit.

Russia Withdraws From UN Tourism Organization After Suspension Threat

Tourism

New UN Vaccine Equity Campaign Underscores Travel’s Inaction

The data now confirms it: vaccine hoarding by rich nations is having dire consequences on the global economy, and on society everywhere. But it's not too late for the travel industry to speak up and demand the resolution of the primary stumbling block to its sustained recovery.

New UN Vaccine Equity Campaign Underscores Travel’s Inaction

Tourism

UN Secretary-General Rips Covid Border Restrictions as ‘Travel Apartheid’

Pressure is mounting against re-instituting travel bans, underscoring the idea that those restrictions are just not effective. Antonio Guterres, from his high perch at the United Nations, is the latest world official to call out border closings and to make a plea for smarter, more equitable alternatives.

UN Secretary-General Rips Covid Border Restrictions as ‘Travel Apartheid’

Coronavirus

New Covid Variant Demands Fast Action on Travel Curbs: UN’s Tourism Chief

The new Covid variant is an enormous setback for an industry that seemingly can't catch a break, and it kills any chance of a complete recovery soon — especially as 98 percent of destinations worldwide still have some sort of travel restrictions.

New Covid Variant Demands Fast Action on Travel Curbs: UN’s Tourism Chief

Meetings

High Travel Costs Impacting Attendance at UN Climate Conference

At $400 per night for a hotel room on Booking.com in Glasgow for the United Nations COP26 climate conference, perhaps some things are getting back to a semblance of "normalcy."

High Travel Costs Impacting Attendance at UN Climate Conference

Tourism

Advocates Push for Fairness by Asking to Delay Election for UN Tourism Agency Leadership

Calling for an ethical nomination process, a new petition spearheaded by respected voices in the industry— including former secretary general Taleb Rifai — could lead to a potential shakedown at UNWTO in 2021, just as travel enters a year in which a unified tourism voice will be sorely needed.

Advocates Push for Fairness by Asking to Delay Election for UN Tourism Agency Leadership

Coronavirus

Issue Refunds Not Vouchers, European Union Tells Airlines

At first glance, the call is similar to the one recently made by the U.S. Department of Transportation — the difference is the European Union will support vouchers if backed by a governmental fund, which would address nervousness by customers that if an airline goes under, so too does their money.

Issue Refunds Not Vouchers, European Union Tells Airlines

Tourism

United Nations Warns That 17 Arabic World Heritage Sites Are Endangered

Over the centuries, conquistadors, clerical authorities, and others have damaged architectural legacies that are now iconic. It's happening again in the Middle East. The world should clamp down on the smuggling of antiquities and record digital imagery of historic architecture.

United Nations Warns That 17 Arabic World Heritage Sites Are Endangered

Airlines

Laptop Ban Disparity Has UN Agency Seeking Global Guidelines

The disparity among how countries restricting electronics has baffled some experts. As the U.S. considers an expansion of the security measure, we hope an agency like the U.N. coordinates a global approach that's evidence-based.

Laptop Ban Disparity Has UN Agency Seeking Global Guidelines

Tourism

UN Health Agency Says Zika Is Still a Threat But No Longer an Emergency

The removal of the emergency declaration shouldn't prompt travelers — or governments — to stop taking Zika seriously. The virus remains a "significant and enduring public health challenge," officials say.

UN Health Agency Says Zika Is Still a Threat But No Longer an Emergency