Press releases

3 November 2014
Rabat
Morocco
Head of the Government of Morocco receives UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
In recognition of tourism’s role as a vital driver of socio-economic development, the Head of the Government of Morocco, H.E. Abdel-Ilah Benkiran, received the UNWTO/ World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism (Rabat, Morocco, 29 September 2014).
3 November 2014
Asunción
Paraguay
Paraguay commits to fostering development through tourism
The government of Paraguay committed to continue promoting tourism’s economic and social benefits as a driver of development on accepting the UNWTO/World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism. (Asunción, Paraguay, 9 October 2014).
30 October 2014
Madrid
Spain
International tourism shows continued strength
International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5% during the first eight months of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Despite geopolitical challenges and a lingering economic recovery, tourism demand was strong during the northern hemisphere high season of June to August. 
29 October 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit to address the links between tourism and mega events
The eighth edition of the UNWTO/World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers’ Summit will gather Tourism Ministers and leading tourism experts from all over the world to debate the key issues around tourism and mega events (London, United Kingdom, 4 November 2014).
28 October 2014
Madrid
Spain
First UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe: accessibility in heritage cities
To promote the importance of universal accessibility in tourism, UNWTO and the Government of the Republic of San Marino will jointly organize the First UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe. The Conference will be held in collaboration with Village for All (V4A) and the ONCE Foundation to advance the social inclusion of people with disabilities (San Marino, 19-20 November 2014).
28 October 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO welcomes Youth Tourism Cluster initiative by Romania
UNWTO commends the measures taken by the Government of Romania to attract more international youth travelers through the country’s first tourism cluster dedicated to young people.
28 October 2014
Tokyo
Japan
UNWTO commends Japan’s tourism commitment
During an official visit to Japan, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, highlighted the commitment of the Japanese government to the tourism sector and the positive results of tourism in the country. Mr. Rifai met the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to discuss the strengthening of the relationship between UNWTO and Japan and inaugurated the 2014 JATA Tourism Expo in Tokyo (24-26 September 2014).
27 October 2014
Athens
Greece
UNWTO commends Greece on strong tourism results and high political support to the tourism sector
Meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras during his official visit to Greece, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai commended the excellent results of Greece´s tourism sector, indicating that 2014 will come to an exceptional close (Athens, Greece, 22 October 2014).
24 October 2014
Madrid
Spain
UN Day: Celebrating the UN Charter while recalling existing challenges
Every 24 October, UN Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the United Nations while recalling the immense challenges that remain pending on the international agenda. UNWTO, the only United Nations agency with its permanent headquarters in Spain, celebrated the occasion together with the 13 other UN entities in the country in an event hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, José Manuel García-Margallo. 
21 October 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO activities at World Travel Market 2014