Press releases

3 May 2016 UNWTO Statement of Support to Ecuador
Ministers and high representatives of UNWTO Members States in the Americas meeting in Havana, Cuba, on the occasion of the 60th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Americas, have express their full support to Ecuador following the tragic earthquake that struck Ecuador’s central coast on 16 April 2016. 
28 April 2016 UNWTO Silk Road Task Force commits to work on joint marketing, training, infrastructure development and visa facilitation
The 6th UNWTO Silk Road Task Force Meeting held in Urmia, Islamic Republic of Iran on 22-25 April 2016, agreed to advance joint marketing, training, infrastructure development and visa facilitation. The Meeting brought together representatives from 14 countries to discuss the key priorities for the Silk Road Action Plan 2016/2017. 
27 April 2016 The World Tourism Organization and the Leading Brands of Spain Forum Develop the First Prototype for Wine Tourism
The project’s initial progress was presented for the first time at the exhibit Alimentaria 2016, which recently held its 40th edition in Barcelona. The initiative is based on the UNWTO prototype methodology for international application. Five of the great Spanish wineries, members of the Leading Brands of Spain Forum, are participating in this project.  The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with the Leading Brands of Spain Forum (FMRE), is developing a model for the promotion of wine tourism. The initiative is based on a prototype for wine tourism in which the wineries Barbadillo, González & Byass, Freixenet Group, Osborne and Pagos del Rey participate.  
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.