Press releases

11 June 2014
Madrid
Spain
IATA and UNWTO to collaborate on innovation and talent development
Advancing innovation and talent development in tourism and air travel is the core component of the first Memorandum of Understanding signed between UNWTO and The International Air Transport Association (IATA). The MOU is part of the objectives set by both organizations of bringing the tourism and air transport agendas closer together (Madrid, Spain, 10 June 2014).
9 June 2014
Santiago de Compostela
Spain
UNWTO Executive Council: Tourism routes key to regional integration and development
The 98th session of the UNWTO Executive Council meeting in Spain highlighted the role of tourism routes in promoting regional integration and development. The Council further debated key factors to stimulate tourism growth such as visa facilitation and air connectivity while recalling the role the tourism sector can play in the sustainable development agenda (Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 5-6 June 2014).
4 June 2014
Sofia
Bulgaria
Bulgarian Government receives Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
On behalf of the government of the Republic of Bulgaria, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Development Daniela Bobeva has accepted the UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism, recognizing the socio-economic significance of tourism in Bulgaria and committing to support the mainstreaming of the sector in both the national and international agenda (Sofia, Bulgaria, 29 May 2014).
2 June 2014
Bohol
Philippines
UNWTO supports Tourism Recovery in the Philippines
During a recent visit to the Philippines, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai visited the Bohol province to review the recovery progress following the 2013 earthquake and deliver a recovery plan for the region’s tourism sector.
28 May 2014
Madrid
Spain
Asia’s tourism sector commits to face up to climate challenge
The need to strengthen the tourism sector’s ability to address climate change took centre stage during the UNWTO-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) International Conference on Tourism and Climate Change. The Conference was held in conjunction with the 26th Joint Commission Meeting for Asia and the Pacific (Legazpi, Philippines, 18-20 May 2014).
22 May 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO launches Global Report on Shopping Tourism
Shopping tourism has emerged as a growing component of the travel experience, either as a prime motivation or as one of the major activities undertaken by tourists at their destinations. UNWTO’s recently released  Global Report on Shopping Tourism  analyzes the latest trends in shopping tourism, providing insight into key success factors for destinations aiming to develop this segment.
19 May 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO calls for support to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the news of the devastating floods currently affecting Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt sympathy to the affected communities and to the Governments of the three countries.
15 May 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and World Vision join forces to fight child exploitation in tourism
As tourism continues to grow globally, particularly in South East Asia, it is becoming increasingly urgent to consider its impact on local communities, particular where this relates to child exploitation. This is why UNWTO and World Vision East Asia Regional Office have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, forging a partnership aimed at fighting the exploitation of children in the tourism sector (17 April 2014).
14 May 2014
Madrid
Spain
International tourism generates US$ 1.4 trillion in export earnings
Total export earnings generated by international tourism in 2013 reached US$ 1.4 trillion. Receipts earned by destinations from international visitors grew by 5% to reach US$ 1159 billion, while an additional US$ 218 billion was earned by international passenger transport.
13 May 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO cautions against potential tourism tax in Africa
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has expressed serious concerns about the negative impact that a new tourism tax on air passengers and hotel guests in Africa, currently being discussed among members of the African Union, would have on Africa´s tourism sector. Tourism is one of the main contributors to Africa’s balance of payments, a source of livelihood for millions in the continent and one of the sectors where the region has a major competitive advantage in international markets.