UNWTO News 9

Release Date: 
Friday, September 21, 2012


Countdown to World Tourism Day 2012

With just one week to go to World Tourism Day (WTD) on September 27, preparations for the official celebrations in host country Spain are well underway. Read more +


International tourism on track to hit one billion by end of 2012

With a record 467 million tourists traveling in the first half of 2012, international tourism remains firmly on track to reach one billion tourists by the end of the year. Read more +


Food tourism an important pillar for tourism growth along the Silk Road

Food plays a crucial and growing role in tourism development and can be a pillar for growth for the countries of the Silk Road, said experts meeting at the Flavours of the Silk Road: International Conference on Food, Culture and Tourism Conference (Baku, Azerbaijan, 6-7 September). Read more +



In Indonesia, UNWTO is working with local communities to rehabilitate mangroves and coral reefs which naturally capture and store carbon emissions. The project is part of the Sustainable Energy Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures (STREAM) initiative being implemented by UNWTO together with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia. Learn more +


UNWTO World Tourism Barometer and Statistical Annex, September 2012 

According to the September issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, despite concerns over the global economy, international tourism demand continues to show resilience. The number of international tourists worldwide grew by 5% between January and June 2012 compared to the same period of 2011 (22 million more). The UNWTO World Tourism Barometer is a regular publication aimed at monitoring the short-term evolution of tourism and providing the sector with relevant and timely information. The September 2012 issue includes an analysis of preliminary results for international tourist arrivals as reported by destinations around the world, air transport and hotel performance for the first half of 2012.



The majority of people employed in tourism worldwide are women, both in formal and informal jobs. UNWTO is committed to enhancing the positive impact of tourism development on women’s lives, and, in so doing, contributing to the achievement of the Third Millennium Development Goal – "promote gender equality and women’s empowerment". Learn more +