Press releases

5 June 2015
Madrid
Spain
Message by UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai on the occasion of World Environment Day 2015
3 June 2015
Brussels
Belgium
The European Travel Commission and the World Tourism Organization to unveil the secrets to success in the meeting industry
The European Travel Commission (ETC) together with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and with support from VisitFlanders, will present the key criteria that influence the choice of a destination by meeting planners at the International Seminar on The Decision-Making Process of Meetings, Congresses, Conventions and Incentives Organisers, taking place 11-12 June in Antwerp (Belgium).
28 May 2015
Madrid
Spain
World Committee on Tourism Ethics proposes International Convention on Tourism Ethics
The transformation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention was the main focus of the 15th meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (Rovinj, Croatia, 26-27 May 2015).
27 May 2015
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO Conference to address quality in Mediterranean destinations
The ability to offer a high-quality experience is a crucial element for tourism competitiveness in Mediterranean destinations. The 2nd UNWTO Conference on Destination Management in the Mediterranean will focus on enhancing the quality of the visitor’s experience through strategic tourism partnerships (Budva, Montenegro, 22-24 June 2015).
20 May 2015
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO Commission for Europe outlines policy priorities
Increased regional cooperation, visa facilitation and the customization of visitor experiences through mobile technologies were some of the topics in focus at the 58th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe and Seminar on Mobile Technologies for Improving the Tourism Experience (Haifa, Israel, 12-13 May).
11 May 2015
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and ATM Ministerial Forum address intra-Arab tourism
Visa facilitation, open skies, the need to adapt to market needs and the role of events in the promotion of intra-regional tourism in the MENA region were the focus of the debate at the 2015 UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum on Intra-Arab Tourism: Addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities (Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 5 May 2015).
29 April 2015
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO expresses its full support for Kenyan tourism
During a recent visit to Kenya, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, expressed the organization’s full confidence in the country’s tourism sector and its capacity to recover (25 April 2015).
26 April 2015
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO deeply saddened by the tragic earthquake in Nepal
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the tragic earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April. On the 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 Nepal in this moment of distress.
16 April 2015
Madrid
Spain
Global Travel & Tourism leaders set landmark agenda for growth
The leading global Travel & Tourism private sector and government organisations - the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC) - have today launched a commitment for aligned advocacy and action to harness the full potential of the sector to create jobs, drive inclusive growth and foster development.
15 April 2015
Madrid
Spain
Exports from international tourism rise to US$ 1.5 trillion in 2014
International tourism receipts increased by US$ 48 billion in 2014 to reach a record US$ 1,245 billion. An additional US$ 221 billion was generated from international passenger transport, bringing total exports from international tourism up to US$ 1.5 trillion.