Press releases

21 October 2016 10th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook commences in Guilin, China
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the People’s Government of Guilin of China celebrate between 20-22 October the 10th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook. The theme of this special 10th anniversary edition is ‘Tourism 10:10 - Looking back to look forward’.  
20 October 2016 4th World Tourism Conference focuses on the ‘tourists first’ – improving the visitors experience
Malaysia, the second most visited destination in South East Asia, has hosted the 4th edition of the World Tourism Conference (WTC) jointly organized between the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC).
19 October 2016 UNWTO partners with EBRD to debate tourism in the MENA region
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan are organizing a regional conference on ‘Investing in Tourism for an Inclusive Future: Challenges and Opportunities’. The Conference will take place in the world heritage city of Petra, Jordan, on 26-27 October. 
18 October 2016 Mongolia hosts the UNWTO Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia and the World Cities Scientific Development Alliance (WCSDA), organized the International Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 13-15 October 2016.
17 October 2016 Luxor to host the 5th UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism: Cities: Local Culture for Global Travellers
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt are organizing the 5th Global Summit on City Tourism: “Cities: Local Culture for Global Travellers” on 1-2 November 2016 in Luxor. During the summit, UNWTO will launch the Mayors for Tourism Initiative.
14 October 2016 UNWTO deeply saddened by the effects of the hurricane Matthew
13 October 2016 The World Tourism Organization hosts the First Meeting of International Organizations present in Spain
Representatives of the 36 multilateral organizations with representation in Spain gathered in Madrid in order to align efforts on the development agenda and to coordinate joint initiatives. The meeting took place at the World Tourism Organization, the only United Nations agency with its permanent headquarters in Spain. 
13 October 2016 INVESTOUR 2017 to promote sustainable tourism development in Africa
In the context of FITUR 2017, the 8th Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa will be held with a new format designed to promote participation in discussions that produce ideas on how to increase the potential of African tourism at the regional and global levels. It features two round tables on the themes “Technology and the design of new tourism products” and “Skills development, youth and woman employment in tourism”. 
11 October 2016 Ambassador of Greece presents credentials to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
6 October 2016 Armenia hosts the 38th Plenary Session of the UNWTO Affiliate Members
The 38th Plenary Session of the UNWTO Affiliate Members took place in Yerevan, Armenia between 1 and 4 October. The meeting discussed the latest tourism trends, public-private collaboration and promoting good practices in the sector. The event was held in parallel with the  43rd UNWTO Affiliate Members Board meeting, which adopted the Affiliate Members 2017 Action Plan.