Press releases

28 September 2015 UNWTO partners with UnionPay International
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and UnionPay International have signed a partnership agreement to collaborate on consumer behavior research, enhancing the cooperation between the tourism and financial sectors, improving the competitiveness of tourism destinations through upgraded financial services and holding of international events. 
24 September 2015 World Tourism Day: Celebrating the billion opportunities brought about by the tourism sector
Under the theme ‘One billion tourists, one billion opportunities’, World Tourism Day 2015 emphasizes the impact of the sector on economic growth, job creation and development.
17 September 2015 Financing of Tourism for Development: a holistic approach needed
The need to have an holistic approach to financing of tourism for development was one of the key conclusions of the event held on the topic on the sidelines of the 21st UNWTO General Assembly. The horizontal nature of the sector and its many linkages to other activities along the value chain requires that the international community develops an approach to tourism financing that promotes cross-sector cooperation and solutions (Medellín, Colombia, 15 September 2015).
16 September 2015 China to host 22nd UNWTO General Assembly
China will be the host of the next UNWTO General Assembly, as decided by 21st UNWTO General Assembly (Medellín, Colombia, 15 September 2015).
15 September 2015 President of Colombia opens the 21st UNWTO General Assembly
Gathering more than 900 delegates from 120 countries, including over 70 Ministers and Secretaries of State, the 21st Session of the UNWTO General Assembly opened in Medellín, Colombia, in the presence of President Juan Manuel Santos (14 September 2015).
15 September 2015 UNWTO and ICAO enhance cooperation in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
UNWTO and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have announced a new joint strategic statement on Tourism and Air Transport for Development (Medellín, Colombia, 14 September 2015).
15 September 2015 Barbados and Samoa join UNWTO
The 21st UNWTO General Assembly has welcomed Barbados and Samoa as new Full Members of the Organization, bringing its member count to 158 (Medellín, Colombia, 14 September 2015).
15 September 2015 Thailand and Qatar official hosts of World Tourism Day 2016 and 2017
Thailand and Qatar have been selected to be the official host countries for World Tourism Day (WTD) in 2016 and 2017 respectively, at the 21st UNWTO General Assembly in Medellín, Colombia (17 September 2015).
14 September 2015 UNWTO Regional Commissions elect new chairs
UNWTO’s six Regional Commissions have elected new chairs and vice-chairs, as well as the host countries of their meetings in 2016. The decisions were made on the occasion of the ongoing 21st UNWTO General Assembly in Medellín, Colombia (12-13 September 2015).
12 September 2015 Education in focus ahead of the UNWTO General Assembly
Improving the tourism sector’s ability to nurture young talent was in focus at the UNWTO Forum on Talent Development in Tourism: Investing in Youth, which gathered in Medellín, Colombia, ahead of the 21st UNWTO General Assembly (11 September 2015).