Press releases

4 November 2015 UNWTO/WTM Ministers Summit: social media changing destination branding
Ministers of Tourism and private sector leaders meeting at the 9th UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers' Summit agreed that destination branding and the way tourism marketing organizations operate need to be adapted to the changes brought in by social media (London, United Kingdom, 3 November 2015).
2 November 2015 UNWTO and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) partner to foster inclusive and sustainable tourism
UNWTO and the EBRD have signed an agreement to work jointly in promoting inclusive and sustainable tourism as a driver of socio-economic growth. Advancing resource efficiency and promoting youth inclusion are two of the major priorities of the agreement.
2 November 2015 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrates 70th anniversary of UN Charter with agencies present in Spain
The 14 agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations represented in Spain met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his official visit to the country. The meeting was held in the context of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the 60th anniversary of Spain’s entry into the organization. 
31 October 2015 UNWTO expresses its condolences over the tragic loss of Kogalymavia flight
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the news of the crash of the Kogalymavia flight in Central Sinai, Egypt. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims as well as to the Russian people."It was with great sorrow that we learned about this tragic accident and we express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims at this difficult moment”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.   Contacts: UNWTO Media Officer Rut Gomez Sobrino Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60  UNWTO Communications & Publications Programme Tel: (+34) 91 567 8100 / Fax: +34 91 567 8218
29 October 2015 UNWTO activities at WTM London to focus on destination branding, the Silk Road and youth travel
The first activity of UNWTO at this year World Travel Market is the 9th UNWTO/WTM Minister’s Summit to be held on 3 November. Under the title ‘Destination branding: new challenges in a changing market’, the Summit will focus on the impact of social media and new business models in destination branding.
29 October 2015 International tourist arrivals up 4% driven by strong results in Europe
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.3% in the first eight months of 2015 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, fuelled by strong results in Europe and consolidating the trend of recent years. International tourists (overnight visitors) travelling the world between January and August 2015 reached 810 million, 33 million more than in the same period of 2014. 
27 October 2015 Civil society celebrates 70th anniversary of the United Nations together with UN agencies, funds and programmes with representation in Spain
Hundreds of visitors of all ages participated this weekend in the celebrations at the Conde Duque Cultural Centre of Madrid to mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the founding Charter of the United Nations.  In the course of a day-long open house, 14 agencies, funds and programmes showcased their work with photographic exhibitions, discussions and activities for children, providing visitors with an opportunity to learn more about the UN family. 
23 October 2015 UNWTO kicks off the official celebrations in Spain of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations
Ahead of UN Day on 24 October, the World Tourism Organization, the only UN Specialized Agency with Headquarters in Spain, welcomed all UN agencies, funds and programmes based in the country to mark the occasion as the first activity of the official Spanish celebrations of the United Nations’ 70th Anniversary (Madrid, Spain, 23 October 2015).
20 October 2015 On World Statistics Day, UNWTO calls for more and better tourism data
UNWTO called today on the occasion of World Statistics Day for improved investment and coordination in data collection in the tourism sector (Madrid, 20 October, 2015).
20 October 2015 UNWTO partners with JATA EXPO
UNWTO has joined participants from 141 countries in Tokyo, Japan between 24 and 27 September for the JATA Tourism EXPO Japan, one of the largest tourism fairs across the globe. The event was a unique occasion to reinforce the partnership between UNWTO and the Japanese Travel Association (JATA) through the launch of the Japan Tourism Award for Responsible Tourism in collaboration with UNWTO.