UNWTO News 7

Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012


415 million tourists expected worldwide in the May-August peak season

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5% in the first four months of 2012, despite remaining economic uncertainties in some of the major outbound markets. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, prospects remain positive for the period May-August, the Northern Hemisphere’s summer peak season, with around 415 million tourists expected to travel abroad. Read more +


Well-managed tourism can help protect the world's wetlands

Whether kayaking in the Iberá Marshes in Argentina or bird-watching at Ba-Be Lake in Vietnam, tourists are providing income for the conservation of wetlands worldwide, as demonstrated in a new publication launched by the Ramsar Secretariat and UNWTO. Read more +



World Tourism Day (WTD) 2012 is being held under the theme Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development, highlight tourism’s role in a brighter energy future.

Get involved! Enter the photo competition for a chance to win a trip to Spain, go to online energy school and let us know how you will be celebrating. For more information and ideas on how to take part visit the World Tourism Day website.


Challenges and Opportunities for Tourism Development in Small Island Developing States

An overview of the status of tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the importance of tourism for the sustainable development of SIDs and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).



UNWTO offers training to university graduates and young professionals, many of whom go on to become UNWTO Volunteers. Applications are now open for the 2012 edition of the University Course on Tourism and International Cooperation for Development which will take place at George Washington University. Read more +