Press releases

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.
20 September 2013
Madrid
Spain
Countdown to World Tourism Day 2013
With one week left until World Tourism Day (WTD) on 27 September, preparations are on the final stretch in the Maldives, the host of this year’s official celebrations, and in many countries around the world around the 2013 theme, “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”.
18 September 2013
Madrid
Spain
2nd UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism focuses on innovation and new business models
The upcoming 2nd UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism, “Innovative strategies for improving competitiveness and the development of new business models” in Moscow, capital city of the Russian Federation, (19-20 September 2013) will set the stage for the second phase of the “Cities” project initiated by UNWTO last year.
17 September 2013
Madrid
Spain
Experts and political leaders call for placing tourism as key in sustainable development of Islands
Over 150 participants from 30 countries gathered in St Denis, La Reunion, at the UNWTO/Government of France Conference on Sustainable Development of Tourism in Islands, and called for tourism to be placed as a key element in the debate on sustainable development in Islands (Réunion Island, France, 11-13 September 2013).
14 September 2013
Tokyo
Japan
UNWTO partners with JATA to advance tourism in Asia and the Pacific
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA). The agreement, signed on the occasion of JATA Travel Showcase 2013, aims to reinforce the knowledge and positioning of the tourism sector in Asia and the Pacific (Tokyo, Japan, 13 September 2013)