Press releases

23 August 2016 UNWTO Wine Tourism Conference gathers experts from around the world
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with the Georgian National Tourism Administration, is organizing the 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism in the Kakheti wine region of Georgia on 7-9 September 2016.
19 August 2016 Ambassador of Georgia presents credentials to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
12 August 2016 UNWTO condemns the attacks in Thailand
11 August 2016 Madeira's tourism returns to normality
9 August 2016 UNWTO welcomes Indonesia’s cutting edge tourism visa policy
UNWTO has expressed its full support to the decision of the Government of Indonesia to grant free visa to citizens from 169 countries. The measure looks for attracting international tourism to the country by simplifying travel procedures and follows research by UNWTO and WTTC that shows that visa facilitation in the ASEAN economies could create between 333,000 to 654,000 new jobs in a period of three years.
19 July 2016 International tourism continues to grow above average in the first four months of 2016
2016 started on a strong note for international tourism. International tourist arrivals grew by 5% between January and April 2016 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Results were robust across almost all subregions and many destinations reported double-digit growth. Prospects for May-August remain positive, with around 500 million tourists expected to travel abroad in the Northern Hemisphere summer holiday peak season.  
15 July 2016 UNWTO strongly condemns attack in Nice, France
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the hideous attack perpetrated in Nice. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the French people in this difficult moment.  
14 July 2016 UNWTO and partners launch an e-toolkit to help hotels reach zero-energy consumption
The nearly-Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH) e-toolkit, which is available online at: assesses the energy performance of hotels and proposes measures to improve efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy sources towards nearly-zero consumption. The toolkit is the outcome of a three-year long project funded by the European Union.
14 July 2016 Tourism, a catalyst for peace and development
Tourism can play a key role in building peace and supporting reconciliation processes, concluded the UNWTO Conference on ‘Tourism, a catalyst for development, peace and reconciliation’ held in Passikudah, Sri Lanka between 11 and 14 July.  
5 July 2016 UNWTO/ETC Roundtable discusses wellness and medical tourism
The Roundtable ‘Exploring Health Tourism’ gathered a group of international experts in Budapest, Hungary, to better understand and explore the growing segment of wellness and medical tourism. The meeting was convened by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC), as part of their joint research programme, with the support of the Hungarian Tourism Agency.