Press releases

29 August 2013
Madrid
Spain
Mexico and Burkina Faso official hosts of World Tourism Day 2014 and 2015
Mexico was selected to be the official host country for World Tourism Day (WTD) 2014 and Burkina Faso for WTD 2015. The respective themes will be “Tourism and Community Development” for 2014, and “One billion tourists, one billion opportunities” for 2015.
26 August 2013
Victoria Falls
Zambia
UNWTO General Assembly opens in Victoria Falls
The global tourism community gathers this week at Victoria Falls for the 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly. Visa facilitation, connectivity and accessibility will be key topics at this Assembly, aiming to advance tourism´s sustainable growth (Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe, 24 – 29 August 2013).
26 August 2013
Madrid
Spain
International tourism demand exceeds expectations in the first half of 2013
International tourist arrivals grew by 5% during the first half of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012, reaching almost 500 million, according to data just released by UNWTO. Growth was above the projection made at the beginning of the year (+3% to +4%) and is also exceeding the trend of the UNWTO long-term outlook Tourism Towards 2030 (+3.8% a year).
8 August 2013
Madrid
Spain
6th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism shows the value of cultural routes
The 6th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism highlighted the increasing interest in developing cultural routes associated with the Silk Road and succeeded to raise the profile of tourism along this emblematic route. The event was jointly organized by UNWTO, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and the People’s Government of Gansu Province (1-3 August 2013, Dunhuang, China).
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.