Press releases

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).
10 September 2015 21 million more international tourists in the first half of 2015
The number of international tourist arrivals grew by 4% in the first half of 2015 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Destinations worldwide received some 538 million international tourists between January and June 2015, an increase of 21 million compared to the same period of 2014.
31 August 2015
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO General Assembly to meet in Medellín, Colombia
Tourism’s ability to foster inclusive development and social transformation will be the focus of the upcoming 21st Session of the UNWTO General Assembly meeting in Medellín, Colombia (12-17 September 2015).
25 August 2015
Madrid
Spain
East African countries commit to advance regional tourism cooperation
The first UNWTO East Africa Tourism Development Forum brought together Tourism Ministers and representatives from East Africa and the Vanilla Islands to explore areas of further regional cooperation (Mombasa, Kenya, 20-22 August 2015).
20 August 2015
Madrid
Spain
Brand Africa – partnerships key to build brand equity for Africa
The UNWTO Regional Conference on Enhancing Brand Africa – Fostering Tourism Development concluded with a call for stronger regional cooperation and increased partnerships as means to build a stronger brand value for Africa (Accra, Ghana 17-19 August 2015).
18 August 2015
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO strengthens ties with the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic and UNWTO have signed a two-year Cooperation Plan on the occasion of UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai’s first official visit to the country (Prague, Czech Republic, 3-4 August 2015).
18 August 2015
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO strongly condemns attack in Bangkok