Press releases

17 December 2015 UNWTO activities at FITUR to focus on innovation and sustainability
The opportunities that innovation opens up for tourism and the importance of promoting initiatives in the field of sustainability and ethics will constitute the main topics of the activities to be organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at FITUR 2016, with the support of the Fair. FITUR, whose 36th edition will be held from 20 to 24 January in Madrid, constitutes a global meeting point for tourism professionals.
11 December 2015 UNWTO and Mountain Tourism Cluster to partner on addressing seasonality
UNWTO and the Mountain Tourism Cluster have signed an agreement to collaborate on issues of seasonality in mountain destinations (Madrid, Spain, 4 December, 2015).
7 December 2015 UNWTO Secretary-General addresses the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament
With the aim of enhancing the links between tourism, economic growth and inclusive development in Europe, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, addressed the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium, 3 December 2015).
7 December 2015 United Nations declares 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.
26 November 2015 World Committee on Tourism Ethics discusses the impact of web reviews
The accuracy and reliability of online consumer reviews was the main focus of the 16th meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics. The Committee also discussed the issue of child protection in tourism and all inclusive holidays (Paris, France, 16-17 November 2015).
25 November 2015 Global Travel and Tourism leaders statement on the recent terrorist attacks
UNWTO, Member of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), supports GTAC's Statement of Recent Terrorist Attacks, following its recent meeting in Montreal (23 November 2015). 
21 November 2015 UNWTO appalled by attack in Bamako hotel
UNWTO is appalled by the attacks perpetrated in a hotel in Bamako, Mali, today. On the behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and the people of Mali, in this difficult moment.
17 November 2015 Media and tourism stakeholders gather in Tunisia to discuss how to enhance cooperation
More than 300 participants convened in Tunis for the 4th UNWTO International Conference on ‘Tourism and the Media’. The event, held in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts of Tunisia, counted with the support of CNN International.
14 November 2015 UNWTO strongly condemns the attacks in Paris
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the tragic attacks perpetrated in Paris. On the behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the French people in this difficult moment.
12 November 2015 UNWTO and Griffith Institute for Tourism launch Global Report on Public-Private Partnerships in tourism
The UNWTO Global Report, produced in collaboration with the Griffith Institute of Tourism, highlights how Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) among tourism stakeholders drive socio-economic development (Madrid, Spain, 10 November 2015).