Press releases

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.
11 September 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO shows full support to the Vanilla Islands
UNWTO has expressed its full support to the newly created Vanilla Islands Tourism Organization as a means to reinforce tourism competitiveness in the islands of the Indian Ocean (Reunion Island, France, 10 September 2013).
5 September 2013
Madrid
Spain
Pascal Lamy to chair the World Committee on Tourism Ethics
The 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly unanimously approved the designation of Mr. Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), as the new Chairman of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics.
4 September 2013
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and FITUR to co-host the 2013 UNWTO Awards
The 2013 UNWTO Awards ceremony, the flagship awards of the global tourism sector, will be jointly hosted, for the first time, by UNWTO and the Madrid International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR).
30 August 2013
Victoria Falls
Zambia
Countries call for closer tourism and air transport policies at the UNWTO General Assembly
The General Debate of the 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly has put a spotlight on the link between tourism and air transport policies. Countries attending called for closer coordination between both policies highlighting that too often these interlinked sectors are dissociated (Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe, 28 August).
29 August 2013
Madrid
Spain
Taleb Rifai reelected as UNWTO Secretary-General
29 August 2013
Madrid
Spain
Mexico and Burkina Faso official hosts of World Tourism Day 2014 and 2015
Mexico was selected to be the official host country for World Tourism Day (WTD) 2014 and Burkina Faso for WTD 2015. The respective themes will be “Tourism and Community Development” for 2014, and “One billion tourists, one billion opportunities” for 2015.
26 August 2013
Victoria Falls
Zambia
UNWTO General Assembly opens in Victoria Falls
The global tourism community gathers this week at Victoria Falls for the 20th Session of the UNWTO General Assembly. Visa facilitation, connectivity and accessibility will be key topics at this Assembly, aiming to advance tourism´s sustainable growth (Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe, 24 – 29 August 2013).