Press releases

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).
21 July 2014
International tourism: strong peak season anticipated
Demand for international tourism remained strong in the first four months of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5%, the same rate as during the full year 2013. Prospects for the current peak tourism season remain very positive with over 460 million tourists expected to travel abroad in the May-August 2014 period.
18 July 2014
منظمة السياحة العالمية ترحّب بنظام الآثار والتراث الجديد في المملكة العربية السعودية
  رحّبت منظمة السياحة العالمية بالنظام السعودي الجديد الذي يرمي إلى حماية آثار البلاد وتراثها وإلى إسناد مهمة الحفاظ عليهما إلى الهيئة العامة للسياحة والآثار. فلا غنى اليوم عن الحفاظ على التراث لصون الإرث الثقافي وللترويج  كذلك الأمر  للميزات السياحية والحفاظ عليها كونها أساسيةً للتمييز ما بين المقاصد في كافة أنحاء العالم.
18 July 2014
منظمة السياحة العالمية مصدومة إزاء حادثة سقوط الطائرة الماليزية المأساوية
تعرب منظمة السياحة العالمية عن صدمتها وعميق أسفها جرّاء حادثة التحطّم المأساوية لطائرة الرحلة MH17 التابعة للخطوط الجوية الماليزية. وتتقدّم المنظمة بإسم المجتمع السياحي الدولي بأحرّ التعازي القلبية إلى ذوي الضحايا وأصدقائهم.
11 July 2014
UNWTO and France debate areas of further cooperation
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and the French Minister of State in charge of Tourism, Fleur Pellerin, met to discuss the new tourism strategy of France as well as how to further strengthen the collaboration with UNWTO. Issues on the agenda included visa facilitation, taxation and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (Paris, 30 June 2014).
2 July 2014
Spain to host UNWTO Conference on Religious Heritage and Tourism
The city of Elche in Spain will host the UNWTO International Conference on Religious Heritage and Tourism. The Conference, to be held on 27-28 November 2014 in collaboration with the State Secretariat of Tourism of Spain, will highlight best practices in sustainable development of religious tourism and how this segment can contribute to product diversification.  
1 July 2014
Cartagena de Indias
Tourism Ministers of the Americas commit to sustainable tourism
Advancing public-private partnerships and incorporating sustainability in all tourism operations are cross-cutting challenges shared by the tourism authorities of the Americas. Gathered at the 57th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Americas in Cartagena de Indias, delegations from 19 countries and around 100 private sector representatives took stock of the region’s tourism and outlined the path to ensure that tourism’s benefits contribute to the sustainable development of the region. (Colombia, 25 June 2014).  
23 June 2014
اليوم العالمي للسياحة 2014: يحتفل بالسياحة والتنمية المجتمعية
"السياحة والتنمية المجتمعية" هو شعار هذه السنة لليوم العالمي للسياحة. يبرز هذا الشعار ما تحمله السياحة من طاقاتٍ وإمكاناتٍ لدعم فرص النموّ لدى المجتمعات المحلية حول العالم، والدور الذي يضطلع به المجتمع المحلي في تعزيز التنمية السياحية المستدامة. تستضيف الاحتفالات الرسمية لهذه السنة مدينة غوادالاخارا في المكسيك (27 أيلول/سبتمبر 2014). 
19 June 2014
Santiago de Chile
President of Chile receives UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
In recognition of tourism as an important vehicle for socio-economic development, the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, has accepted the UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism. The Government of Chile commits to support the sector in both the national and the international policy agenda (Santiago de Chile, Chile, 18 June 2014).