Press releases

17 July 2013
Madrid
Spain
An extra 12 million international tourists in the first four months of 2013
A total of 298 million international tourists travelled worldwide between January and April 2013, 12 million more than in the same period last year according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Prospects for the current tourism peak season remain positive with some 435 million tourists expected to travel abroad in the May-August period.
16 July 2013
Madrid
Spain
Tourism identified as key sector for high impact in Aid for Trade
The developmental impact and potential of tourism was highlighted at the World Trade Organization’s Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade in Geneva. At the meeting, UNWTO emphasized the increasingly prominent role of tourism in developing countries, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and called for increased support for tourism in international aid for development (Geneva, Switzerland, 8-10 July 2013).
12 July 2013
Madrid
Spain
Delivering new tourism solutions: UNWTO partners with top Spanish engineering company
Research, best practices and new methodologies for tourism development are at the centre of an agreement signed between UNWTO and Spanish public company ISDEFE (Ingeniería de Sistemas para la Defensa de España). This agreement aims at developing pilot projects based on a range of subjects including connectivity, energy in tourism, among others.
25 June 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO welcomes Azerbaijan’s new e-visa system
UNWTO welcomes Azerbaijan´s implementation of a new e-visa system streamlining visa applications into an electronic format, aimed to attract more international tourists into the country.
24 June 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO strongly condemns attack on trekkers in Pakistan
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the attack in the base camp of Nanga Parbat, in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims and to the Government of Pakistan.
19 June 2013
Stockholm
Sweden
UNWTO and RTS drive Swedish tourism innovation to a global level
UNWTO and the Swedish Travel and Tourism Industry Federation (RTS), take the project “Down to Earth for Tourism” to a global level. In the coming year, pilot projects in three continents – Asia, Africa and Europe (Sweden), will be carried out. A global network and a platform for Down to Earth for Tourism will be established as a cutting-edge project with space as a catalyst for innovative solutions for sustainable tourism development.
18 June 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and Casa Árabe to promote tourism development in the Arab World
UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai and Casa Árabe Director General Eduardo López Busquets have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote sustainable tourism development and strengthening institutional capacity in Arab countries (Madrid, 10 June 2013).
14 June 2013
Madrid
Spain
Libya counts on tourism to help rebuild country
Libya´s Ministry of Tourism has enlisted UNWTO to help implement an action plan to rebuild its tourism sector as an effective way to increase national revenue, create employment, foster national cohesion and enhance the county’s international image. A UNWTO mission led by Secretary-General Taleb Rifai made a first approach on the specific needs of the country during a workshop on technical cooperation in the capital Tripoli (9-10 June 2013).
13 June 2013
Madrid
Spain
Asia’s tourism businesses commit to UNWTO Global Code of Ethics
Some of Asia’s most prominent tourism businesses have signed the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, committing to implement the ethical provisions of the Code in their policies, plans and business operations. The signing took place at the first Regional Conference on Tourism Partnerships on Future Tourism for Asia and the Pacific in the presence of UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai and H.E. Mr. Yoo Jinryong, Korea´s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism (1 June, Seoul, Republic of Korea).
5 June 2013
Nicosia
Cyprus
President of Cyprus – tourism key for the country
The President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, stressed the importance of tourism to the economy of the island while receiving the UNWTO / World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism. By accepting the Open Letter, President Anastasiades adds his voice to those world leaders which rally support for tourism as a key for growth and fairer development (Nicosia, Cyprus 24 May 2013).