Press releases

28 November 2017 Conference on tourism, jobs and inclusive growth opens in Jamaica
The Conference organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank aims to set a new collaborative framework for tourism moving towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. An official event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, the events gathers 1500 participants and over 150 speakers in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
27 November 2017 UNWTO announces the winners and finalists of the UNWTO Awards
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announces the winners of the UNWTO Ulysses Prize and the UNWTO Ethics Award, as well as 14 finalists for the upcoming 14th Edition of the UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism. The Awards Ceremony will be held next January 2018 in Madrid on the occasion of the International Tourism Fair, FITUR.
24 November 2017 UNWTO Secretary-General officially welcomes the winner of the travellers´competition
The winner of the Travellers´ Competition, developed in the framework of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017 (IY2017), Katie Diederichs, officially started her trip after meeting with the UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. She will now be embarking on an unforgettable trip across six different countries to tell the world how tourism can make a positive change.
23 November 2017 ETC and UNWTO discuss transnational themes and routes in Galicia
The European Travel Commission (ETC) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held an international seminar in Santiago de Compostela to exchange best practices on how to develop and effectively manage transnational tourism themes and routes. The ETC-UNWTO International Seminar on Marketing Transnational Tourism Themes and Routes was hosted by the Xunta de Galicia and Turespaña on 16-17 November 2017 in the emblematic city of Santiago de Compostela, final destination of the thousand-year-old pilgrim route the Way of St. James.  
13 November 2017 Jamaica Conference to address the role of tourism in employment creation and inclusive growth
UNWTO, the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank will co-host a Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth on 27-29 November in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Under the theme ‘Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’, the event will assess and discuss the future of the sector in the Caribbean, particularly in view of the impacts of natural disasters such as the recent hurricane Irma.
8 November 2017 Communities’ protests over tourism a wake-up call to the sector
UNWTO / WTM Ministers’ Summit – Overtourism: growth is not the enemy, it is how we manage it Over 60 ministers of tourism and private sector leaders gathered on 7 November in London for the UNWTO / WTM Ministers’ Summit on ‘overtourism’. Moderated by CNN International’s Max Foster, the Summit concluded on the need for the tourism sector to engage more and better with local communities.
7 November 2017 No reason to be afraid to travel to the region
Statement by Indian Ocean countries – Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles The Minister of Tourism of Madagascar, Roland Ratsiraka, the Minister of Tourism of Mauritius, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, SC and the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne met at the sidelines of the World Travel Market in London to express a common message of confidence on the measures being taken by Madagascar to overcome the plague outbreak.  
6 November 2017 International tourism on track for a record year
UNWTO World Tourism Barometer Demand for international tourism remained strong during the Northern Hemisphere summer peak season. International tourist arrivals in July and August totalled over 300 million for the first time ever according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Many destinations reported double-digit growth, in particular in the Mediterranean. 
3 November 2017 UNWTO expresses confidence on tourism in Madagascar
UNWTO Secretary visits Madagascar The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai has visited Madagascar to express the Organization’s full support to the tourism sector. Madagascar’s tourism is facing a challenging situation following a plague outbreak which has prompted some countries to implement travel restrictions with Madagascar. Mr Rifai recalled the World Health Organization (WHO) advises no restriction on travel or trade on Madagascar.  
2 November 2017 2017 UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit: 60 Tourism Ministers and companies gather to discuss "overtourism"
Ministers of Tourism from 60 countries and leaders from private sector companies and associations will summon next week at the Ministers Summit organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel Market in London to discuss the challenges of sustainable tourism.