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Need is to strengthen link between tourism, culture and local community stakeholders: UNWTO/UNESCO Conference

Cultural Tourism Sustains Communities and Living Heritage

The third cultural tourism conference (3-5 December) organised jointly between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) concluded today in Istanbul, Turkey. Participants declared their support for cultural tourism as a driver for safeguarding living heritage, catalyzing creativity in cities, and spreading tourism’s socioeconomic benefits to all. A key conclusion from the ...

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Indian Pavillion at COP-24 themed ‘One World One Sun One Grid’ showcases global vision behind Solar Alliance

Indian Pavilion at COP24

Harsh Vardhan showcased India’s clear intent to win the fight against climate change  at the inauguration of Indian Pavilion at the 24th meeting of Conference of Parties (COP-24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which is being held at Katowice, Poland. “World is  at  a  critical  juncture in  ongoing  battle  to  save  our  planet  from  the  ...

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India a leading fintech and Startup nation in the world: PM Modi @ Fintech2018 in Singapore

Singapore Fintech Festival

In presence of Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a voice of influence in the world of finance, Ravi Menon, Managing Director of Monetary Authority of Singapore, a leading institution in fintech, Tens of thousands of participants from over one hundred countries, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took in the challenge and privilege of becoming the first Head of Government to ...

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Children, Women most vulnerable to toxic air pollution

SMOG 2017 in Delhi

Every day around 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk. Tragically, many of them die: WHO estimates that in 2016, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air. A new WHO report on Air ...

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Outbound Tourism Spending from Gulf is Six Times the Global Average: UNWTO Report

‘The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Outbound Travel Market’, a new report prepared by UNWTO and ETC with the support of Value Retail, examines the fast-growing outbound market of the GCC countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates – with an additional focus on the image of Europe as a tourism destination. It finds that per-capita international tourism spending from the GCC was 6.5 times higher than the global average in 2017, with expenditure estimated to be more than USD 60 billion in 2017, up from USD 40 billion in 2010.

A new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC) shows that outbound tourism from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – comprising six countries of the Arabian peninsula – has grown strongly in recent years, with international tourism expenditure surpassing USD 60 billion in 2017. ‘The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Outbound Travel Market’, a new report ...

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Inclusive tourism key to Sustainable Development Goals: UNWTO Global Report on Inclusive Tourism Destinations

UN Day 2018

A new report by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), produced in collaboration with UNWTO Affiliate Member globaldit, presents a model for inclusive tourism destinations. ‘Global Report on Inclusive Tourism: Model and success stories” is launched on the occasion of the UN Day 2018 celebration in Madrid, Spain. Modelling inclusive tourism destinations on the capacity of tourism to integrate disadvantaged groups ...

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Lakshadweep, MoEF hosts STAPCOR – 2018 with theme: Reef for Life as World celebrates 3rd Decadal International year of Reefs-2018

protection of coral reef= climate change, El Nino

The International Conference on Status and Protection of Coral Reefs (STAPCOR – 2018) with the theme “Reef for Life” was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan on 22nd October at Bangaram coral Island of Union Territory of Lakshadweep. About 150 delegates both International and National, are participating in this mega event at Bangaram Island ...

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Facial Recognition common standard being adopted world over: Jayant Sinha

Press Conference on DigiYatra

The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu on 4th October 2018 released the policy on biometric based digital processing of passengers at airports called “Digi Yatra” at a press-conference. Addressing the media, he said that the Ministry has taken the initiative to develop standards for digital processing of passengers at airport to ensure uniform implementation and passenger experience ...

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UN lauds International Solar Alliance; confers Champions of the Earth on Emmanuel Macron and Narendra Modi

The Champions of the Earth Awards, the UN’s highest environmental honour was conferred on to Emmanuel Macron, President of France and Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India for 
International Solar Alliance.
ISA  is an initiative jointly launched by the Prime Minister of India and President of France. In File picture both the dignitaries are seen realising their ambitious policy endeavour in form of ISA's inception.

The annual Champions of the Earth prize is awarded to outstanding leaders from government, civil society and the private sector whose actions have had a positive impact on the environment. Since being founded thirteen years ago, the awards have recognized 84 laureates – ranging from leaders of nations to grassroots activists – in the categories of policy, science, business and ...

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India puts out draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) @World Ozone Day2018

Theme of 24th World Ozone Day

 Stressing upon the need to strengthen active collaboration between the government, industries, industry associations and all stakeholders, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan has said that the World Ozone Day offers an opportunity to focus global attention and action on the vital environmental issue of protection of the ozone Layer.  Vardhan added that this is a ...

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UNWTO: Qatar among 10 Most Open Visa Countries in the World; most open country in the Middle East

Tourism = UNWTO visa openness ranking

In a volatile world order, where Oil may not remain as the mainstay of Middle East Countries in times to come- Tourism it seems is the only bankable asset class! Wishing the said region, the one that had recently been pushed to a corner- Qatar for sure has made Tourism as its national priority. As a result, Qatar- has become the ...

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India’s first biofuel powered flight with SpiceJet’s Q400, CSIR’s Biofuel technology to be a game changer in Aviation

India to use biofuel in aviation

A historic flight powered by indigenously produced aviation biofuel based on patented technology of CSIR-IIP Dehradun was flagged off on 27 August 2018 from Dehradun airport by Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat. The Spicejet flight, featuring a latest generation Q400 aircraft was received at Delhi airport by Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Harsh Vardhan, Dharmendra Pradhan, Suresh Prabhu and Union Minister of State ...

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