Press releases

24 October 2014
UN Day: Celebrating the UN Charter while recalling existing challenges
Every 24 October, UN Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the United Nations while recalling the immense challenges that remain pending on the international agenda. UNWTO, the only United Nations agency with its permanent headquarters in Spain, celebrated the occasion together with the 13 other UN entities in the country in an event hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, José Manuel García-Margallo. 
21 October 2014
UNWTO activities at World Travel Market 2014
7 October 2014
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
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
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
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.