Press releases

15 October 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNESCO/UNWTO Silk Roads Heritage Corridors Workshop set visa facilitation as top priority
Tourism and heritage experts called for more effective visa systems to support tourism development at the UNESCO/UNWTO Silk Roads Heritage Corridors Tourism Strategy Workshop. The workshop aimed to define a tourism management roadmap for two UNESCO Silk Road Heritage Corridors crossing China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (7-8 October 2013, Almaty, Kazakhstan).
14 October 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO Statistics and TSA Issue Papers Series highlights relevance of tourism measurement and analysis
UNWTO´s Statistics and Tourism Satellite Account (STSA) Programme has launched a new Issue Paper Series showcasing the relevance of measuring and analyzing tourism, disseminating the proper tools and setting a platform to encourage further development in this field.
1 October 2013
Bali
Indonesia
Visa facilitation can create 2.6 million new jobs in the APEC economies
A new report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows that visa facilitation could create up to 2.6 million new jobs in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies by 2016. The report was presented on the occasion of the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue (Bali, Indonesia, 1 October 2013). 
27 September 2013
Madrid
Spain
World Tourism Day on “Tourism and Water”: greater efforts on water preservation needed
27th of September marks the United Nations´ calendar day highlighting tourism, a sector that is driving socioeconomic growth and development all over the world. On World Tourism Day 2013, dedicated to “Tourism and Water – Protecting Our Common Future” in line with the International Year of Water Cooperation, stakeholders called for greater global efforts in water preservation.
20 September 2013
Madrid
Spain
Countdown to World Tourism Day 2013
With one week left until World Tourism Day (WTD) on 27 September, preparations are on the final stretch in the Maldives, the host of this year’s official celebrations, and in many countries around the world around the 2013 theme, “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”.
18 September 2013
Madrid
Spain
2nd UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism focuses on innovation and new business models
The upcoming 2nd UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism, “Innovative strategies for improving competitiveness and the development of new business models” in Moscow, capital city of the Russian Federation, (19-20 September 2013) will set the stage for the second phase of the “Cities” project initiated by UNWTO last year.
17 September 2013
Madrid
Spain
Experts and political leaders call for placing tourism as key in sustainable development of Islands
Over 150 participants from 30 countries gathered in St Denis, La Reunion, at the UNWTO/Government of France Conference on Sustainable Development of Tourism in Islands, and called for tourism to be placed as a key element in the debate on sustainable development in Islands (Réunion Island, France, 11-13 September 2013).
14 September 2013
Tokyo
Japan
UNWTO partners with JATA to advance tourism in Asia and the Pacific
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA). The agreement, signed on the occasion of JATA Travel Showcase 2013, aims to reinforce the knowledge and positioning of the tourism sector in Asia and the Pacific (Tokyo, Japan, 13 September 2013)
12 September 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Islands Opens in La Reunion
The role of tourism in Island Destinations as a means to promote economic growth and sustainable development is the main topic of the Conference on Sustainable Development of Tourism in Islands, organized jointly by UNWTO and the government of France (Réunion Island, France, 11-13 September 2013).
11 September 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO approves accessible tourism recommendations
The UNWTO recommendations on “Accessible Tourism for All” (2013) have been approved and endorsed by the General Assembly. Updated from the 2005 version, the recommendations outline a form of tourism that involves a collaborative process among stakeholders to enable people with access requirements to function independently through universally designed tourism products, services and environments. These recommendations were developed within the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of 2007.