Press releases

18 December 2014
Madrid
Spain
International tourism on track to end 2014 with record numbers
International tourism is set to hit a new record by the end of 2014 with over 1.1 billion international tourists travelling the world in one single year. During the first ten months of 2014, the number of international tourists grew by 5% according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, rising above expectations. 
17 December 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and UNESCO to organize first World Conference on Tourism and Culture
The First World Conference on Tourism and Culture will bring together, for the first time, Ministers of Tourism and Ministers of Culture from around the world, experts and stakeholders from both sectors to explore new models of partnership between tourism and culture (Siem Reap, Cambodia, 4-6 February 2015).
15 December 2014
Madrid
Spain
3rd Global Summit on City Tourism: Looking for New Paradigms
The ongoing urban and travel revolutions create a unique opportunity to make of city tourism a strong driver of smarter, more sustainable and inclusive cities. According to the conclusions of the 3rd Global Summit on City Tourism held in Barcelona, Spain, on 9-10 December,  the new paradigms for city tourism must address key issues: community engagement, better research and data to guide planning and management, public-private partnerships, the creation of clusters and the streamline of technology, innovation and sustainability.
10 December 2014
Elche
Spain
Tourism can protect and promote religious heritage
Sustainable development of tourism at religious heritage sites was in focus at the International Conference on Religious Heritage and Tourism: Types, trends and challenges, jointly organized by UNWTO, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain and the City Hall of Elche (27-28 November 2014, Elche, Spain).
4 December 2014
Geneva
Switzerland
ILO, UNWTO to promote reliable and comparable statistics on tourism employment
Improving the measurement of employment in tourism is critical to support decision making in a sector which represents nine per cent of global GDP and is a proven tool to advance sustainable development. 
3 December 2014
Madrid
Spain
San Marino Declaration calls for universal accessibility in tourism
Achieving universal accessibility throughout the tourism value chain is the main call for action of the San Marino Declaration of Accessible Tourism, adopted at the First UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe (San Marino, 19-20 November 2014).
21 November 2014
Rome
Italy
World Committee on Tourism Ethics praises initiatives on Accessible Tourism
The fourteenth meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics meeting in Rome, Italy (17-18 November 2014) commended the efforts of UNWTO and its partners to advance Accessible Tourism for All. The Committee firmly supported the “Montreal Declaration – A World for All”, the outcome document of the recent World Summit on Destinations for All, and participated actively in the 1st Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe held in San Marino on 19-20 November.  
20 November 2014
Muscat
Oman
Oman commits to fully seize tourism’s potential for socio-economic advancement
On behalf of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Deputy Prime Minister of Oman, His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, has received the UNWTO/World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism (Muscat, Oman, 10 November 2014).
10 November 2014
Madrid
Spain
Statement from the Travel and Transport Task Force on Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa
Leading international organizations and associations from the transport, trade and tourism sector stand firmly with the World Health Organization (WHO) against general bans on travel and trade, as well as restrictions that include general quarantine of travellers from Ebola-affected countries.
6 November 2014
London
United Kingdom
Harnessing the Power of One Billion Tourists for a Sustainable Future
Resource efficiency, conservation, and new technologies are the focus of a new international partnership on sustainable tourism (London, United Kingdom, 5 November 2014).