Press releases

8 November 2016 Phoenician Tourism Route launched at the World Travel Market
An integral component of Mediterranean trade and culture, the Phoenicians’ Route links 18 countries with a common heritage. With the aim of revitalizing this itinerary as a tourism route, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Ministry of Tourism of Lebanon and Council of Europe launched the Phoenicians’ Route Cultural Tourism Programme, which integrates public and private sector, at World Travel Market in London. 
8 November 2016 Amadeus, UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Kenya partner to foster job creation
Amadeus, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism of Kenya have signed an agreement to provide youth and women of underprivileged communities with access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in travel and tourism. 
7 November 2016 Close to one billion international tourists in the first nine months of 2016
Destinations around the world welcomed 956 million international tourists between January and September 2016, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This is 34 million more than in the same period of 2015, a 4% increase.
4 November 2016 UNWTO/WTM Ministers Summit discusses Safe and Seamless Travel
Minister of Tourism from over 50 countries and leaders from the private sector companies and associations will convene at the Ministers Summit organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel Market in London, to discuss safe, secure and seamless travel. 
3 November 2016 Urban planning and city tourism need to go “hand in hand”, concludes UNWTO Summit
The 5th UNWTO City Tourism Summit in Luxor, Egypt gathered around 400 experts from 40 countries to discuss the theme ‘Cities: Local culture for a global traveler’. The event, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism of Egypt, concluded on the importance of ensuring urban planning and city tourism development are fully coordinated. Authenticity, local culture, the engagement of local communities and the use of technology were pointed out as key success factors for city tourism. 
31 October 2016 UNWTO Executive Council meeting opens in Luxor, Egypt
The city of Luxor in Egypt is hosting the 104th meeting of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) between 31 October and 1 November. The Meeting will discuss the three priorities of the Organization for 2016-2017: safe, secure and seamless travel; the impact of technology in the tourism sector and sustainability.
28 October 2016 UNWTO Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories welcomes Croatia Observatory
The Croatian Sustainable Tourism Observatory (CROSTO) has become a member of the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). This Observatory, hosted by the Institute for Tourism in Zagreb, is responsible for monitoring sustainable tourism in the Adriatic Croatia.
28 October 2016 UNWTO Workshop addresses quality in product development in tourism destinations
During two days, 15-17 September 2016, experts from the private and public sectors have discussed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the relevance of quality in product development in tourism destinations. The workshop is the result of the commitment reached through the Memorandum of Understanding undersigned between UNWTO and the Government of Ethiopia in 2014 aimed at developing the tourism sector in the country. 
27 October 2016 UNWTO and EBRD strengthen sustainable tourism in the SEMED region
The tourism sector in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region has huge potential to become a major player in the economy and contribute to job creation. However, challenges remain.
24 October 2016 United Nations representatives in Spain celebrate UN Charter anniversary
Officials of UN entities with representation in Spain as well as representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain and several member countries of the UN gathered at the headquarters of the World Tourism Organization in Madrid to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the ratification of the Charter of the United Nations, the organization’s foundational treaty, in 1945.