Press releases

29 December 2014
Madrid
Spain
Tourism leaders of the Americas to gather in Haiti
Haiti will host UNWTO’s annual regional gathering of tourism authorities, the UNWTO Commission for the Americas. The 58th Meeting of the Commission reflects Haiti’s preparedness to seize the growing tourism momentum in the region to further open sustainable development opportunities through tourism.
23 December 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO will organize the 1st International Conference on Shopping Tourism at FITUR 2015
The growing importance of shopping tourism will be highlighted at the International Conference on Shopping Tourism organized by UNWTO with the help of Madrid Shopping Tour, within the framework of the International Tourism Trade Fair (29 January 2015, Madrid, Spain).
23 December 2014
Madrid
Spain
Towards global statistics on city tourism: the World Tourism Organization, European Cities Marketing (ECM) and MODUL University Vienna join forces
UNWTO, ECM and MODUL University Vienna agree to develop a common framework and methodology to compare city tourism data on a global level.
22 December 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO Awards finalists for innovation in tourism announced
The finalists of the 11th UNWTO Ulysses Awards for Innovation in Tourism, one of the three categories in the annual UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, have been announced today (Madrid, 22 December 2014). 
22 December 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO Awards finalists for innovation in tourism announced
The finalists of the 11th UNWTO Ulysses Awards for Innovation in Tourism, one of the three categories in the annual UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, have been announced today (Madrid, 22 December 2014). 
19 December 2014
Tirana
Albania
Prime Minister of Albania receives UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
Recognizing tourism’s vital contribution to sustainable growth, the Prime Minister of Albania, H.E. Edi Rama, has accepted the UNWTO/World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism (Tirana, Albania, 20 October 2014).
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).