Press releases

7 October 2014
Samarkand
Uzbekistan
UNWTO Executive Council discusses the links between tourism and culture
The importance of building new partnership models for the sustainable development of cultural tourism gained particular relevance at the 99th session of the UNWTO Executive Council meeting in Samarkand. The Council also debated the latest international tourism trends and their impact on the Programme of Work of the Organization (Samarkand, Uzbekistan, 1-4 October 2014). 
2 October 2014
Madrid
إسبانيا
The integration of guest reviews into hotel classification can yield positive impacts
According to the report, Online Guest Reviews and Hotel Classification Systems: An Integrated Approach, the integration of guest reviews into hotel classification can yield financial gains while meeting customer needs and expectations.
29 September 2014
Guadalajara
Mexico
Community Development takes center stage at World Tourism Day 2014
The tourism sector’s contribution to communities’ empowerment as one of the pillars of sustainable development was at the heart of this year’s World Tourism Day celebrations. The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, opened the official celebrations of World Tourism Day held in Guadalajara, Mexico (27 September 2014).
19 September 2014
Apia
ساموا
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
Madrid
إسبانيا
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
Madrid
إسبانيا
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
Madrid
إسبانيا
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
إسبانيا
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
Madrid
إسبانيا
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
Madrid
إسبانيا
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.