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Routes and UNWTO Agree Strategic Partnership

Berlin (ots/PRNewswire) - Earlier this week at ITB in Berlin, Routes (part of UBM live) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reached an agreement to work together to advance the understanding of all matters that concern air connectivity and travel facilitation.

Routes and UNWTO will collaborate on the development of programmes beginning with Routes Africa 2014, which will take place 22-24 June this year. This event will address the key factors of infrastructure, air connectivity and visa facilitation within Africa, a priority for both Routes and UNWTO. The conference will also identify the key challenges and explore practical ways to unlock the benefits and opportunities of sustainable aviation growth. The programme will bring together a wide range of aviation based companies who wish to conduct business to, from and within the African region.

"We are excited to be partnering with UNWTO, the leading international organization in the field of tourism. Routes has been supporting the world's airline, airport and tourism authorities for the past 20 years in order to facilitate air service development and are well equipped to add significant value to UNWTO's work in this area," said Katie Bland, Director Routes, UBM Live continuing: "With this agreement we have had the opportunity to empower our relationship with UNWTO, of which we are an Affiliate Member, whose vision and global coverage closely matches with our own. We are both committed to promoting sustainable aviation and tourism growth in Africa and around The World."

"Considering that over 50% of the world's international tourists arrive to their destinations by plane, promoting air connectivity and a closer alignment between tourism and aviation policies is one of UNWTO main priorities", said Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General.

Notes to Editors

About Routes

- Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events
  through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one
  global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS
  respectively. http://www.routesonline.com
- Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK-based ASM Ltd., a
  consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports.
  http://www.asm-global.com. Routes and ASM are part of the UBM Live division of UBM
  plc.
- UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five
  continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their
  brands and expand their markets. Through premiere brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC,
  TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show, the Routes portfolio of events,
  Airport Cities and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs,
  publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of
  the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.
  http://www.ubmlive.com
- Routes is an Affiliate Member of UNWTO.
 

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About UBM plc

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  company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world's buyers and sellers
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About UNWTO

- The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) [http://www.unwto.org] is the
  United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and
  universally accessible tourism.
- As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO
  promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and
  environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in
  advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.
- UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
  [http://ethics.unwto.org/en/content/global-code-ethics-tourism], to maximize
  tourism's socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts,
  and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the United 
  Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 
  [http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/index.shtml], geared towards reducing poverty and
   fostering sustainable development.
- UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes
   competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism 
  education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development 
  through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world.
- UNWTO's membership includes 156 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 400
  Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism
  associations and local tourism authorities.
 

Contact:

For further press information please contact: Victoria Jones, PR
Executive, Routes, T: +44(0)161-234-2730
E: pr@routesonline.com



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