Press releases

22 January 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO confers CNN’s Richard Quest the 2013 UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award
UNWTO has awarded CNN’s Richard Quest the 2013 UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement, in recognition of his work as a business journalist reporting on the tourism industry.
20 January 2014
Madrid
Spain
International tourism exceeds expectations with arrivals up by 52 million in 2013
International tourist arrivals grew by 5% in 2013, reaching a record 1,087 million arrivals, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Despite global economic challenges, international tourism results were well above expectations, with an additional 52 million international tourists travelling the world in 2013. For 2014, UNWTO forecasts 4% to 4.5% growth - again, above the long term projections.
20 January 2014
Kuching
Spain
ASEAN countries could win up to 10 million new visitors by easing visa procedures
A new report published by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows that improving visa processes in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries could generate an extra 6 to 10 million visitors by 2016. The report was presented on the occasion of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2014 (Kuching, Malaysia 17 January, 2014).
16 January 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO activities at FITUR 2014
The presentation of the 2013 UNWTO Awards, a Ministerial Debate on the future of tourism in the Middle East and North Africa and a business-to-business event connecting African tourism companies with Spanish and Portuguese counterparts are among the many UNWTO activities planned for the International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR (Madrid, Spain, 22-26 January 2014).
3 January 2014
Madrid
Spain
UN General Assembly: Tourism can foster sustainable development in Central America
Sustainable tourism is an ally of poverty eradication in Central America and the three dimensions of sustainable development - social, economic and environmental - as reflected in the UN resolution on "Sustainable tourism and sustainable development in Central America". The 193-member UN General Assembly adopted the resolution unanimously during its 68th session. This represents an important step towards mainstreaming sustainable tourism in the international development agenda and the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (New York, USA, 22 December 2013).
20 December 2013
Madrid
Spain
Dr. Tej Vir Singh awarded the UNWTO Ulysses Prize for the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge
Dr. Tej Vir Singh, professor and Founding Director of the Centre for Tourism Research & Development (CTRD) in India, has been named winner of the 2013 UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge. The Award honors outstanding members of the academia for their significant contribution to the development of tourism education and research. 
19 December 2013
Madrid
Spain
FiturGreen 2014 propone estrategias para crear destinos turísticos sostenibles
La quinta edición de FiturGreen, que tendrá lugar del miércoles 22 al viernes 24 de enero de 2014 en el marco de FITUR, se enfocará en las mejores prácticas y tendencias para crear destinos turísticos sostenibles. El evento se enfocará en la totalidad de la cadena de valor turística - desde la turoperación, el transporte, el alojamiento y la oferta de ocio hasta las herramientas de monitoreo, certificaciones, análisis de eficiencia energética y gestión sostenible.
19 December 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO gains observer status to the Enhanced Integrated Framework Board
In recognition of the importance of tourism as a key export sector for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), UNWTO has been granted observer status to the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF). The EIF is an Aid for Trade multi-donor programme supporting LDCs to be more active players in the global trading system by tackling supply-side constraints to trade (Geneva, Switzerland, 17 December 2013).
16 December 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO Secretary-General calls for visa facilitation and air transport liberalization
Addressing the Royal Aeronautical Society at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai called for increased visa facilitation and the liberalization of air transport (Montreal, 5 December 2013).
12 December 2013
Madrid
Spain
International tourism an engine for the economic recovery
In the first nine months of 2013, international tourism grew by 5% according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The number of international tourist arrivals reported by destinations around the world increased by some 41 million between January and September, growing above UNWTO’s initial forecast and creating an important stimulus to the receiving economies.