Press releases

31 March 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO welcomes the UK government decision to review the Air Passenger Duty
UNWTO welcomes the recent decision by the UK government to reform the Air Passenger Duty (APD). The current APD system, in place since 2008, has significantly hindered UK’s tourism while creating important market distortions affecting long-haul destinations.  
28 March 2014
Madrid
Spain
Global Report on the Meetings Industry launched by UNWTO
The meetings industry is one of the fundamental segments of the tourism sector. UNWTO’s newly released Global Report on the Meetings Industry provides an overall view of the main issues facing destinations aiming to build a competitive meetings industry along with case studies from around the world.
26 March 2014
Berlin
Germany
San Marino to host 1st UNWTO European Conference on Accessible Tourism
Policies and measures to promote universal accessibility in tourism will be at the centre of the 1st UNWTO European Conference on Accessible Tourism, jointly organized by UNWTO and the Government of the Republic of San Marino in November 2014.
12 March 2014
Interlaken
Switzerland
UNWTO and IH&RA sign Memorandum of Understanding
UNWTO and the International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IH&RA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, consolidating their partnership in matters related to hospitality (Interlaken, Switzerland, 10 March 2014).
10 March 2014
Berlin
Germany
UNWTO, UNODC and African Tourism Ministers to join forces to fight wildlife crime
UNWTO, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and African Tourism Ministers have committed to advancing the tourism sector’s support in the global fight against the surge in poaching that is threatening one of Africa’s main tourism resources - its unique wildlife and biodiversity. (ITB Berlin, Germany, 6 March 2014).
7 March 2014
Berlin
Germany
Silk Road Ministers deepen commitment to visa facilitation
On the year of the 20th Anniversary of the Samarkand Declaration on Silk Road Tourism, the 4th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers' Meeting convened to discuss visa facilitation as a means to further advance tourism development along the ancient trade route. At the meeting, UNWTO presented its Tourism Visa Openness Report for the Silk Road Countries, mapping out progresses made and challenges yet to be addressed in the region. (ITB Berlin, Germany, 5 March 2014).
6 March 2014
Berlin
Germany
Madrid Precious Time: Collaboration for innovative city tourism
The UNWTO Madrid Precious Time prototype was launched at ITB 2014 showcasing how the public and private sector from areas including hospitality, technology, handicrafts, retail and insurance can work together to create new and innovative tourism products. This pilot project counts on the collaboration of the Madrid City Council and the support of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain. The Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, and the Spanish State Secretary of Tourism, Isabel Borrego, joined UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai at the launch (Berlin, Germany, 5 March).
5 March 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO opens ITB 2014
Opening ITB 2014, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, highlighted the challenges to be addressed by the global tourism sector in order to keep advancing as one of the world’s leading economic activities and one of the few sectors producing positive news around the world.
5 March 2014
Berlin
Germany
UNWTO, UNODC and UNESCO launch anti-trafficking campaign
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have joined forces to promote a global campaign urging travellers to support the fight against a number of forms of trafficking. The Campaign was presented to the tourism sector at the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin (5 March 2014).
27 February 2014
Madrid
Spain
World Committee on Tourism Ethics to focus on the exploitation of children, trafficking, poaching and accessible tourism
The protection of children from all forms of exploitation, the fight against trafficking, anti-poaching and accessible tourism for all are among the work priorities defined by the newly formed World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE). The Committee met at UNWTO headquarters to identify the major challenges facing responsible tourism and define its Action Plan for the coming four years (Madrid, Spain, 26 February 2014).