Press releases

4 July 2017 UNWTO appoints the President of Malta as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta, has been nominated as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The appointment took place at a ceremony held at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Headquarters in Madrid. 
4 July 2017 Bulgaria Meeting advances the Western Silk Road as a transnational initiative
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria hosted the 2nd International UNWTO Western Silk Road Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 27-28 June 2017. The workshop was attended by 22 countries and consolidated the results of the first workshop held in Greece in April 2017. 
29 June 2017 UNWTO Manila Conference sets roadmap to measure Sustainable Tourism
Nearly 1.000 experts from over 80 countries convened for three days (21-23 June) in Manila, The Philippines at the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics to lay the groundwork for an expanded statistical framework to measure sustainable tourism in its economic, social and environmental dimensions. The outcome ‘Call for Action on Measuring Sustainable Tourism’ represents a global commitment to sustainable tourism and the need to measure it through a consistent statistical approach recognizing that effective sustainable tourism policies require an integrated, coherent and robust information base.
27 June 2017 Tourism and future energy: committed to curb emissions
Under the title ‘Tourism and Future Energy: Unlocking low-carbon growth opportunities’, industry leaders and policy makers have convened in the Kazakh capital city of Astana to discuss the contribution of the tourism sector to reducing carbon emissions. The Conference is a joint initiative of Astana EXPO 2017 and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan.   
19 June 2017 UNWTO condemns US Administration decision to restore travel restrictions with Cuba
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) expresses its firm resentment over the recently-announced decision by the United States Administration to restore travel restrictions with Cuba. 
12 June 2017 Moldova hosts the 61st Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe
Over 30 countries and Affiliate Members of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) gathered last week in Chisinau, the capital city of the Republic of Moldova, for the 61st Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe. Participants discussed the priority areas for the Organization as well as strategies to position the tourism sector as a key driver of sustainable development in Europe (6 June 2017).
12 June 2017 Prime Minister of Samoa appointed Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by UNWTO during the Ocean Conference
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has appointed the Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017. The ceremony took place in New York on 7 June on the side-lines of the UN Ocean Conference, where among other activities the Prime Minister addressed participants on the value of tourism to sustainably advance the blue economy. 
12 June 2017 Mastercard supports the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
As part of the observance of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, Mastercard, a leading global payments and technology company, has signed an agreement with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to support this global campaign. Through the agreement, Mastercard becomes a Diamond Partner of the International Year. 
9 June 2017 Ambassador of Mexico presents credentials to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
The Ambassador of Mexico, S.E. Ms Roberta Lajous, has presented her credentials to the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, accrediting her as Permanent Representative of her country to UNWTO. UNWTO is the United Nations specialized agency for tourism and is based in Madrid, Spain.
9 June 2017 Ambassador of Colombia presents credentials to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
The Ambassador of Colombia, H.E. Mr Alberto Jacobo Furmanski Goldstein, has presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, accrediting him as Permanent Representative of his country to UNWTO. UNWTO is the United Nations specialized agency for tourism and is based in Madrid, Spain.