Press releases

19 September 2014
Prime Minister of Samoa receives UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
In recognition of tourism’s vital contribution to socio-economic development, particularly in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, has received the UNWTO / World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism on the occasion of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.
17 September 2014
First UNWTO International Congress on Tourism and Pilgrimages explores the link between tourism and spiritual routes
In light of the growing importance of pilgrimages and spiritual routes to tourism development around the world, UNWTO, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain and the Regional Government of Galicia are organizing the First International Congress on Tourism and Pilgrimages. 
15 September 2014
ارتفاع السياحة الدولية بنسبة 5% في النصف الأول من العام
  ارتفع عدد السيّاح الدوليين بنسبة 4.6% في النصف الأول من العام 2014 بحسب آخر إحصاءات مقياس السياحة العالمي الصادر عن منظمة السياحة العالمية. فلقد استقبلت المقاصد السياحية من حول العالم ما يقارب 517 مليون سائح دولي بين شهرَيْ كانون الثاني/يناير وحزيران/يونيو 2014، أي أكثر بـ22 مليون سائح مما كان عليه العدد في الفترة نفسها من 2013.
2 September 2014
IRENA and UNWTO to promote renewable energies in Islands' tourism sector
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), an intergovernmental organization dedicated to supporting countries’ efforts to adopt renewable energy, and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations specialized agency for tourism, have joined forces to promote the use of renewable energies in Islands. 
18 August 2014
بيان مشترك بين منظمة الصحة العالمية، ومنظمة الطيران المدني الدولي، ومنظمة الصحة العالمية، والمجلس الدولي للمطارات، واتحاد النقل الجوي الدولي، والمجلس العالمي للسفر والسياحة
بيان بشأن السفر والنقل على خلفية تفشّي مرض فيروس الإيبولا
ظهر فيروس الإيبولا الحالي للمرّة الأولى كما يُعتقد من غينيا في كانون الأول/ديسمبر، 2013. ويتفشّى هذا المرض اليوم في عددٍ من المجتمعات المحلية في غينيا وليبريا وسيراليون. ومؤخراً، قام أحد المسافرين المُصابين من ليبيريا بنقل المرض إلى مجموعةٍ صغيرة من الأشخاص في نيجيريا كان له اتصالٌ مباشر معهم.  
4 August 2014
UNWTO Awards 2014 – Open for Applications
UNWTO has opened the call for applications for the 11th edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. Interested candidates can apply until the 31 October 2014. The Award Ceremony will be held during the Madrid International Tourism Trade Fair FITUR in Spain on 28 January 2015.  
29 July 2014
UNWTO welcomes travel facilitation measures by Mongolia
Easing visa restrictions to stimulate travel is one of UNWTO’s recommendations to promote the growth of the tourism sector and its positive impact on the economy. The Government of Mongolia is one of the most recent examples of countries advancing travel facilitation by removing visa requirements for citizens of 42 countries. 
28 July 2014
UNWTO saddened by the crash of Air Algerie flight
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the news of the crash of Air Algerie flight AH 5017. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of those onboard.
23 July 2014
Addis Abeba
Ethiopia - tourism key to promote development
During an official visit to Ethiopia, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, met with President Mulatu Teshome, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, and Minister of Culture & Tourism, Amin Abdulkadir, to address the advancement of tourism in Ethiopia and the key role of the sector in the country’s socio-economic development. (Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, 13-18 July 2014).
22 July 2014
UNWTO and Australia’s Griffith University join forces to advance tourism knowledge
Disseminating tourism knowledge, enhancing the expertise on tourism and climate change and advancing sustainable tourism in Asia and the Pacific are some of the areas of cooperation agreed between the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) and UNWTO (Madrid, Spain, 21 July 2014).