Press releases

9 June 2016 UNWTO addresses the impact of new technologies on the tourism sector in Japan
Over 400 participants from 26 countries gathered in the city of Nara, Japan, to discuss the impact that new technologies are having on the tourism sector and how these can help the sector to further develop at the UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and Technology. It was conducted within the framework of the 28th Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and South Asia from 1-4 June 2016.
7 June 2016 Tourism’s capacity to connect cultures discussed in Lebanon
The increasing relevance of religious and cultural tourism and the opportunities it offers to link the countries in the Mediterranean was the focus of a series of events on ‘Connecting People and Cultures through Tourism in the Mediterranean region.’ The events held in Maghdouche and Beirut, were organized by UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Lebanon. 
1 June 2016 UNWTO and the Petra National Trust partner to promote sustainable tourism
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by UNWTO and the Petra National Trust (PNT) with the aim to promote sustainable tourism policies in cultural tourism, to develop capacity building and knowledge sharing, and to conduct educational actions. The agreement was signed in Beijing, on the occasion of the recent First World Conference on Tourism for Development.    
27 May 2016 UNWTO Europe Meeting discusses digitalization and new business models
Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, this week hosted representatives of 34 countries for the 60th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe. Discussions focused on major tourism trends and the priorities and agenda of the Organization for the region. The meeting was followed by a seminar on new business models.
22 May 2016 2nd World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism underlines relevance of local communities and cultures
The quality of basic ingredients and the various elements of the value chain in the gastronomy tourism experience were highlighted as key components of the segment at the 2nd World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, which took place in Lima, Peru, organized by the UNWTO, the Basque Culinary Center and Promperú. 
20 May 2016 First World Conference on Tourism for Development: Premier Li of China calls for higher financing for development in tourism
The role of tourism in fighting poverty and building peace were the key focus of the First World Conference on Tourism for Development. Opening the conference, Premier Li Keqiang underlined the role of tourism in lifting people out of poverty and the importance of stepping up international cooperation in tourism. The event, organized by UNWTO and the Government of the People’s Republic of China, gathered in Beijing 1000 participants from over 100 countries.
19 May 2016 1st World Conference on Tourism for Development opens this week in Beijing
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of the People’s Republic of China will host the First World Conference on Tourism for Development on 19 May. Under the theme ‘Tourism for Peace and Development’, the event is the first high-level meeting to address how tourism can contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 universal goals.   
19 May 2016 UNWTO Statement on EgyptAir flight MS804
UNWTO is deeply saddened by the news of the crash of EgyptAir flight MS 804. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of the victims.
16 May 2016 UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism: Call for Applications is now open
The call for applications for the 13th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism is now open. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2016.
11 May 2016 Security, travel facilitation, sustainability and new technologies among priorities addressed by UNWTO Executive Council
With the attendance by more than 300 representatives from 50 countries, including 17 ministers and secretaries of tourism, the 103rd session of the UNWTO Executive Council concluded on Wednesday. The session took place during a key time for the sector as it continues on its upward growth trend, already accounting for 7 per cent of total world exports.