Seaside Collection acquires Finolhu a luxury resort in the Maldives

The luxury hotel chain, Seaside Hotels, which now operates as Seaside Collection, has successfully acquired Finolhu, a luxury island resort in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives. Finolhu is the hotel chain’s 11th boutique property and it’s first in the Maldives. Gregor Gerlach, CEO and Managing Partner said, “Whilst the long stretches of beach, crystal […]

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Tourism Authority of Thailand along with Expedia Group and UNESCO launch Sustainable Tourism Pledge

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with the Expedia Group and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), are launching a global sustainable tourism initiative, ‘The UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Pledge’ (the Pledge), to reduce single-use plastic whilst promoting local cultural and community activities in Thailand. The Pledge renews an existing MOU agreement […]

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India gets its 38th UNESCO World Heritage Site in Pink City Jaipur

In yet another landmark achievement, India’s nomination of the Jaipur city, Rajasthan got inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO during the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee held at Baku, Azerbaijan. The nomination of Jaipur City has successfully been done by complying with the various UNESCO guidelines of 2017. With successful inscription […]

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The Islands of Tahiti – Taputapuatea Marae named a UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO named the Taputapuatea Marae on the island of Raiatea in The Islands of Tahiti as a World Heritage site. This significant designation for the sacred site is of great pride to the Polynesian people and brings an extraordinary opportunity in tourism to expose visitors from all over the world to their history and culture. […]

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Oman to host 2nd UNWTO/UNESCO Culture and Tourism Conference

The 2nd UNWTO/UNESCO Culture and Tourism Conference has been scheduled for 11th and 12th December 2017 in Muscat, the capital of Oman. The Conference will bring together Ministers of Tourism and Ministers of Culture of different countries to identify key opportunities and obstacles for a stronger cooperation between tourism and culture; and to discuss sustainable […]

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2nd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture from Dec 11-12

Over 30 tourism and culture ministers, global tourism and culture leaders and stakeholders will convene at Second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture themed Fostering Sustainable Development, to be held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman from December 11-12, 2017, within the framework of International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.  There will be 500 […]

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UNESCO designates Kingston as Creative City of Music

State Minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Damion Crawford has welcomed news that the push to have Kingston designated a Creative City of Music by UNESCO has yielded significant success. Kingston features among the 10 music cities designated in 2015, as announced by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. UNESCO’s Creative Cities programme kicked off […]

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Timbuktu mausoleums destroyed by extremists have been restored

Fourteen mausoleums in Mali’s northern city of Timbuktu, which were demolished by Islamic extremists, have been fully restored by the United Nations. UNESCO’s Director General and Cultural Minister of Mali launched the reconstructed mausoleums in this desert city which was a major centre of learning and trade in the Middle Ages. “We celebrate a day […]

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UNESCO inscribes Jesus’ Baptism Site on the World Heritage List

The World Heritage Committee inscribed a new cultural site on the World Heritage List – Baptism Site ‘Bethany Beyond the Jordan’ (Al-Maghtas) in Jordan. Situated on the eastern bank of the River Jordan, nine kilometres north of the Dead Sea, the archaeological site consists of two distinct areas: Tell Al-Kharrar, also known as Jabal Mar-Elias […]

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French wine regions Champagne and Burgundy granted World Heritage Status by UNESCO

The wine-making regions of Champagne and part of Burgundy, in France have been granted World Heritage status by the United Nations, which gives a boost to the country’s drive to encourage tourism and revive its deteriorating economy. The designation by the United Nation’s cultural arm, UNESCO, is conferred to cultural and natural sites deemed significant […]

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