Press releases

11 November 2013
Madrid
Spain
T.20 Ministers commit to continue working to improve visa facilitation
The T.20 Ministers´ meeting in London agreed to continue placing visa facilitation as a priority in the aim of stimulating economic growth and generate more jobs through of tourism. (London, United Kingdom, 4 November 2013).
8 November 2013
Madrid
Spain
Tourism Ministers call for higher policy coordination between tourism and aviation
Improving air connectivity through a closer coordination of tourism and aviation policies to ensure the sustained growth of the tourism sector and of air transport was the commitment stemming from the annual UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers´ Summit (London, United Kingdom, 5 November 2013).
8 November 2013
Madrid
Spain
The ST-EP International Organization presented at the World Travel Market
The ST-EP International Organization was presented to countries interested in joining as founding members on the occasion of the World Travel Market (London, United Kingdom, 6 November 2013).
28 October 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and WTM Ministers’ Summit to address tourism and aviation policies
The 2013 UNWTO and WTM Ministers´ Summit at the World Travel Market (WTM) will put a spotlight on the essential connection between air transport and tourism, debating the challenges and opportunities of promoting higher policy coordination between aviation and tourism (London, United Kingdom, 5 November 2013).
24 October 2013
Madrid
Spain
UN Day 2013: A world more connected, more united
Celebrated every year on 24 October, United Nations Day highlights the work and objectives of the United Nations and its specialized agencies all over the world. UNWTO is the only UN agency with its headquarters in Spain and took part in the official celebrations hosted in the Madrid Town Hall and chaired by the Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, José Manuel García-Margallo.
17 October 2013
Madrid
Spain
International tourism on the rise boosted by strong performance in Europe
Demand for international tourism remained strong throughout the first eight months of 2013, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Between January and August, the number of international tourists worldwide grew by 5%, driven by strong results in Europe, Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East. UNWTO’s Panel of Experts confirms this positive trend. Its evaluation of the May-August period shows a significant improvement in confidence, while prospects for the last four months of 2013 remain upbeat.
15 October 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNESCO/UNWTO Silk Roads Heritage Corridors Workshop set visa facilitation as top priority
Tourism and heritage experts called for more effective visa systems to support tourism development at the UNESCO/UNWTO Silk Roads Heritage Corridors Tourism Strategy Workshop. The workshop aimed to define a tourism management roadmap for two UNESCO Silk Road Heritage Corridors crossing China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (7-8 October 2013, Almaty, Kazakhstan).
14 October 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO Statistics and TSA Issue Papers Series highlights relevance of tourism measurement and analysis
UNWTO´s Statistics and Tourism Satellite Account (STSA) Programme has launched a new Issue Paper Series showcasing the relevance of measuring and analyzing tourism, disseminating the proper tools and setting a platform to encourage further development in this field.
1 October 2013
Bali
Indonesia
Visa facilitation can create 2.6 million new jobs in the APEC economies
A new report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows that visa facilitation could create up to 2.6 million new jobs in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies by 2016. The report was presented on the occasion of the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue (Bali, Indonesia, 1 October 2013). 
27 September 2013
Madrid
Spain
World Tourism Day on “Tourism and Water”: greater efforts on water preservation needed
27th of September marks the United Nations´ calendar day highlighting tourism, a sector that is driving socioeconomic growth and development all over the world. On World Tourism Day 2013, dedicated to “Tourism and Water – Protecting Our Common Future” in line with the International Year of Water Cooperation, stakeholders called for greater global efforts in water preservation.