Press releases

16 December 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO Secretary-General calls for visa facilitation and air transport liberalization
Addressing the Royal Aeronautical Society at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai called for increased visa facilitation and the liberalization of air transport (Montreal, 5 December 2013).
12 December 2013
Madrid
Spain
International tourism an engine for the economic recovery
In the first nine months of 2013, international tourism grew by 5% according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The number of international tourist arrivals reported by destinations around the world increased by some 41 million between January and September, growing above UNWTO’s initial forecast and creating an important stimulus to the receiving economies.
11 December 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO Awards finalists for innovation in tourism announced
The finalists of the 2013 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, 11 December 2013).
9 December 2013
Madrid
Spain
Investour 2014 – Mobilizing Investment and Partnerships for Tourism Development in Africa
Promoting Africa´s tourism potential and facilitating areas such as financing, investment, and technology and know-how transfer are at the center of the fifth edition of the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (Investour)  to be held on 23 January 2014.
5 December 2013
Estoril
Portugal
3rd International Conference on Tourism and Media: exploring new tourism communication formats
The impact of technological innovation and evolving media channels on tourism communication was the focus of the 3rd UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media, part of an ongoing series aimed to lend tourism a higher level of editorial recognition (2-3 December 2013, Estoril, Portugal).
4 December 2013
Madrid
Spain
Portugal´s tourism associations commit to UNWTO Global Code of Ethics
Seventeen of Portugal´s foremost tourism associations have signed the Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, pledging to implement the ethical principles of the Code in their policies and operations. The signing took place coinciding with the 3rd UNWTO International Conference of Tourism and the Media (Estoril, Portugal, 2 December 2013).
4 December 2013
Madrid
Spain
Cambodia’s Prime Minister accepts Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
The Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, affirmed tourism´s role as an important agenda item for the sustainable development of Cambodia´s tourism as he became the 13th Head of State in Asia to receive the UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism (Cambodia, 31 October 2013).
28 November 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and UNESCO join hands in sustainable tourism promotion
UNWTO and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) forged a new cooperation agreement consolidating efforts on sustainable tourism and the protection of natural and cultural heritage (26 November 2013, New York, USA).
18 November 2013
Madrid
Spain
Laos Prime Minister receives Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
The Prime Minister of Laos, Thongsing Thammavong, acknowledged tourism as central to the agenda of the government of Laos when accepting the UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism from UNWTO Secretary-General, in support of mainstreaming the sector in the national and international agendas.
13 November 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO to support Libya tourism development
UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Libya have forged a cooperation agreement for the development and phased implementation of a tourism strategy and action plan (London, United Kingdom, 6 November 2013).