Portugal partners with UNWTO for Tourism International Academy

Breaking Travel News | July 25, 2019

Portugal partners with UNWTO for Tourism International Academy
Portugal Tourism, in association with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, has announced the launch of the Tourism International Academy.An ambitious tourism training project aimed at developing human capital in the sector in a sustainable and comprehensive manner, it will be based in Estoril.The €24 million education facility will be born form the merger between campuses of the Portuguese Tourism School and the Estoril Higher School of Hospitality & Tourism.The action plan, which was signed by the secretary general of the UNWTO, will see the TIA become part of the International School of Tourism within the academy of the UNWTO, with development expected to be completed by 2023.

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With a dazzling array of amazing sights, Arizona’s desert climate is home to some astounding geological formations and canyons that are well worth exploring. The Grand Canyon, for example, is one of the United States’ most famous sights, while the impressive Monument Valley certainly gives it a run for its money.