Press releases

20 April 2016 UNWTO deeply saddened by the tragic earthquake in Ecuador’s central coast
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the tragic earthquake that struck Ecuador’s central coast on 16 April. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims, to the people and the government of Ecuador in this moment of distress.
20 April 2016 African tourism ministers convene in Côte d’Ivoire
Over three days (19-21 April) high-level tourism representatives from African countries, including 18 tourism ministers1, are convening in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to discuss the challenges of the sector and the priorities for the programme of work of UNWTO in the African continent. The event is held in parallel with the Sustainable Tourism Conference of the 10 YFP, focused on ‘Accelerating the Shift towards Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns’.    
19 April 2016 Peru to host 2nd UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism
On 27-29 April, Lima becomes the international capital of gastronomy tourism as it hosts the 2nd UNWTO World Forum on this dynamic tourism segment. The event is organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Basque Culinary Center and the Government of Peru, through PromPeru. 
19 April 2016 First Ibero-American Meeting on the Sharing Economy addresses challenges of new tourism business models
Over two days, the city of Montevideo hosted the First Ibero-American Meeting on the Sharing Economy in Tourism Accommodation. The event was aimed at discussing the challenges and opportunities presented by new business models in tourism accommodation. 
8 April 2016 UNWTO – a decade building capacity in tourism policy in Asia/Pacific
Under the title ‘Human Capital Development in Tourism’, the UNWTO Asia/Pacific Executive Training Programme on Tourism Policy and Strategy has gathered policy makers and tourism executives in Seoul, Republic of Korea, to enhance skills and understanding on the latest trends in tourism management. The initiative, organized by UNWTO and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, has reached a decade in this last edition, as the first Training Programme on Tourism Policy and Strategy in the Asia/Pacific region launched in 2006.  
22 March 2016 UNWTO strongly condemns the attacks in Brussels
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the tragic attacks perpetrated in Brussels. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the Belgian people in this difficult moment.
19 March 2016 UNWTO saddened by the tragic accident of FlyDubai flight
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the news of the accident of Flydubai flight FZ981 in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.    
19 March 2016 UNWTO strongly condemns attack in Istanbul
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the tragic attack perpetrated in Istanbul, Turkey.
18 March 2016 Swedish private sector commits to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
Visita and Svensk Turism AB have become the latest private sector signatories to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics. The signature of the commitment to the Code took place on the occasion of Sweden’s Hospitality Industry Congress, held in Gothenburg (17 March 2016).
17 March 2016 UNWTO projects a positive 2016 for tourism in Greece
UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai has expressed the confidence of the Organization in the continued growth of the tourism sector in Greece. In 2015, international tourist arrivals to Greece grew by 7% to reach 23.6 million, while exports generated by the sector increased by 6% to euro 14.2 billion.