Press releases

29 July 2014
Madrid
Spain
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. 
28 July 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO saddened by the crash of Air Algerie flight
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the news of the crash of Air Algerie flight AH 5017. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of those onboard.
23 July 2014
Addis Abeba
Ethiopia
Ethiopia - tourism key to promote development
During an official visit to Ethiopia, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, met with President Mulatu Teshome, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, and Minister of Culture & Tourism, Amin Abdulkadir, to address the advancement of tourism in Ethiopia and the key role of the sector in the country’s socio-economic development. (Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, 13-18 July 2014).
22 July 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and Australia’s Griffith University join forces to advance tourism knowledge
Disseminating tourism knowledge, enhancing the expertise on tourism and climate change and advancing sustainable tourism in Asia and the Pacific are some of the areas of cooperation agreed between the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) and UNWTO (Madrid, Spain, 21 July 2014).
21 July 2014
Madrid
Spain
International tourism: strong peak season anticipated
Demand for international tourism remained strong in the first four months of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5%, the same rate as during the full year 2013. Prospects for the current peak tourism season remain very positive with over 460 million tourists expected to travel abroad in the May-August 2014 period.
18 July 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO welcomes new Law on Antiquities and Heritage in Saudi Arabia
UNWTO welcomes the new Saudi legislation aimed at protecting the country’s antiquities and heritage as well as to give the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) the mandate to ensure its preservation. Heritage conservation is today fundamental to safeguard cultural legacy but also to promote and preserve key tourism assets which are central to differentiating destinations all around the world.
18 July 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO shocked by the tragic loss of Malaysia Airlines flight
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the tragic crash of Malaysia Airline flight MH17. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
11 July 2014
Paris
France
UNWTO and France debate areas of further cooperation
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and the French Minister of State in charge of Tourism, Fleur Pellerin, met to discuss the new tourism strategy of France as well as how to further strengthen the collaboration with UNWTO. Issues on the agenda included visa facilitation, taxation and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (Paris, 30 June 2014).
2 July 2014
Madrid
Spain
Spain to host UNWTO Conference on Religious Heritage and Tourism
The city of Elche in Spain will host the UNWTO International Conference on Religious Heritage and Tourism. The Conference, to be held on 27-28 November 2014 in collaboration with the State Secretariat of Tourism of Spain, will highlight best practices in sustainable development of religious tourism and how this segment can contribute to product diversification.  
1 July 2014
Cartagena de Indias
Colombia
Tourism Ministers of the Americas commit to sustainable tourism
Advancing public-private partnerships and incorporating sustainability in all tourism operations are cross-cutting challenges shared by the tourism authorities of the Americas. Gathered at the 57th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Americas in Cartagena de Indias, delegations from 19 countries and around 100 private sector representatives took stock of the region’s tourism and outlined the path to ensure that tourism’s benefits contribute to the sustainable development of the region. (Colombia, 25 June 2014).